Most (okay, almost all) athletes never get to share a field or a court with their father. Today, on Father's Day 2018, we celebrate some of the greatest moments in sports history that happened between fathers and sons. Some happened in-game, others in the jubilance of victory, but all illustrate the strong relationship between fathers and sons in sports.
We start, of course, in Seattle, where perhaps the greatest father-son moments in the history of baseball happened right here in Mariners jerseys. Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr. played together in 1990 and their time together included back-to-back homers as well as Junior stealing a fly-ball away from is pop.
We stay on the baseball diamond where current Seattle Mariner, then with the New York Yankees, won the 2011 MLB Home Run with his father pitching to him. After the winning homer, about 6:20 into the video below, Cano jumped into his father's arms in celebration.
In honor of the World Cup starting last Thursday, we turn to the soccer pitch where one of the G.O.A.T.s of our time is now teaching his son how to be a legendary striker too. Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat trick in Friday's 3-3 draw vs. Spain, has been teaching his son how to take penalty shots and free kicks. Looks like his skills are passing down to his son. Check out the smile on Ronaldo's face as well.
From the soccer pitch to the golf course, where it's hard to forget the 1997 embrace between Tiger and Earl Woods after Eldrick won his first Major Championship. A year later, Earl was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and then died from a heart attack in 2006 at the age of 74, but his impact on Tiger personally and professionally can never be understated.
At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Derek Redmond suffered a hamstring injury mid-way through the 400 meter race. Not being able to finish on his own, Derek's father Jim came out of the stands and helped Derek finish the race, as he wept in his father's arms. Speaking of... I'm not crying! You're crying!
Our last clip isn't from any real sporting event, but if you've ever seen Field of Dreams, you know the scene below well. "Hey dad, you wanna have a catch?" ...Someone stop cutting the onions!