Colby Rasmus and dad Tony on Father’s Day at the Rogers Centre. twitpic.com/9xl3wl
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) June 17, 2012
With yesterday being Fathers Day, the Blue Jays as an organization did a very nice thing. They flew the fathers of nearly every active member of the squad (and coaches!) into town to take in the game from a luxury box. John Lott has some nice photos on his twitterfeed, if you are so interested.
This is not news to anyone who caught yesterday’s sweep clincher over the Phillies on TV. The broadcast converted all the time usually reserved for shots of Brett Lawrie into shots of the father’s luxury box. Fathers reacting, fathers cheering, fathers subtley pounding free drinks. It was…a time.
I should qualify that statement: some of the fathers reacted and cheered. Others stood by, upholding the stoic distance that drove their sons to fanatical lengths required to become a professional baseball player.
With the dads in attendance and Kyle Kendrick on the mound, the stage was set for heroics. And the Jays delievered their heroics straight away, with leading off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back doubles from Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus! The crowd goes wild! The dads stand and cheer! Except one: mister Tony Rasmus.
Jose Bautista’s dad? Loves it. Sadly, Mr. “I can still throw 90 and other assorted rantings” Tony Rasmus cares not for your double, Colby. Kyle Kendrick on the hill? Should have taken him deep. C’mon son, I didn’t come all the way up here to watch you struggle. Maybe LaRussa was right all along…
Update: after Colby actually does hit a home run later in the game, the camera pans the box in search of his proud father…and comes up empty. Big T is nowhere to be found, as he was en route to the radio booth for an interview. Amazing.