Prince Fielders relationship with his father, Cecil, might be strained beyond the breaking point, but the two men have followed a similar path in baseball.
Its a money trail -- from Tigers owner Mike Ilitchs checkbook to their bank vaults.
The Fielders are big men who hit big home runs and signed mega-million contracts with the Tigers.
It was Princes turn on Tuesday. He stunned the baseball world by signing a 9-year, 214-million deal with the Tigers, who had never been mentioned as serious bidders for Prince when he hit the free-agent market after seven seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 1993, Cecil Fielder set the salary standard going into his fourth season with the Tigers by signing a five-year, 36-million deal. That made Cecil baseballs highest-paid player for the last three seasons of the contract, when his base salary was 9,237,500 for each season.
Inflation and the upward spiral of contracts have combined to put Prince in an income level that dwarfs what his dad sign...