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June 15, 2014

Major League Baseball Players Weigh In On Their Fathers

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CHRISTOPHER SMITH

Tribune baseball reporter — cut from high school team

“My father’s father left him when he was young so he never had a father to learn from. For that reason, he always wanted to be the best father he could be. He has made a few mistakes. One time when I was 10, he probably should have been helping me as I hobbled with crutches and a broken leg on a very slippery bathroom floor at the PawSox game. Instead, he wasn’t paying attention and I slipped on some watery substance nobody wants to fall into (get what I mean?) But overall, the man gets an A+ and was the Best Man at my wedding in April.”

CRAIG BRESLOW

Red Sox reliever — 1.81 ERA in 2013

“My father was my first coach and he was always active in my sports career, driving me to practices, coaching Little League teams, basketball teams, soccer teams. He still is a coach back in my hometown today (Trumbull High in Connecticut). He had coached soccer, basketball and tennis and now he just does tennis. He’s someone who I knew I could always go to for advice on sports. He’s also a (science) teacher so it’s kind of a good match for me.”

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