Happy Father’s Day To Colorado Rockies Coach Eric Young — And Everyone Else!
By Bobby DeMuro
Mar 15, 2015; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies first base coach E. Young (21) looks on prior to the game against the Kansas City Royals at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
It’s Father’s Day, and I can’t help but think of Eric Young, Sr. — one half of perhaps the most significant Colorado Rockies’ father-son combo.
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A Happy Father’s Day to all of you out there! If it’s applicable to you, go call your dad/step-dad/whomever functioned as your pops today — and hopefully the more thoughtful among you went out and got a card or a gift and sent it to pops earlier this week (I didn’t, but I’m awful).
Whenever I think of Father’s Day as it relates to baseball, I can’t help but think of the EYs– both Sr. and Jr. I know, plenty of Colorado Rockies players and coaches have children and were greatly impacted in their careers by their own fathers, but there’s something special about both EYs being able to play for one franchise, and then have one coach in the organization now, too.
Two years ago, Patrick Saunders at the Denver Post wrote about the father-son bond around the Rockies:
"Twenty years ago, Eric Young Jr. was a 7-year-old kid sitting in the stands at Mile High Stadium when his father belted his way into the hearts of Rockies fans.That was April 9, 1993, in the Rockies’ first home opener. Eric Young Sr. led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run off Montreal’s Kent Bottenfield in front of 80,227 fans. The Rockies won 11-4.“When my dad hit that home run, I was just another fan sitting in the stands, going crazy,” Young Jr. recalled."
None of us will ever forget that moment, either, though it was probably slightly less special for us than it was for EY Jr.
Eric Young, Jr. of course has since moved on from the Colorado Rockies, though he got his start in Denver. And, of course, Eric Young, Sr. coaches first base for the club now.
On watching his son, the big leaguer:
"“It’s indescribable,” Young Sr. said. “I am truly blessed to be in this position. How many dads would like to say they get to see their son doing the same thing, playing the same game as they did? It’s almost like I’m going to the park to watch Junior play Little League. But really, he could be doing anything with his life, because I’m so proud of him and the way he goes about his business. I’m so proud of the man he’s become.”"
Happy Father’s Day to EY Sr., and everyone else around baseball who is either a father, or has been impacted in the game by a father, or both (and of course, to you — Happy Father’s Day to you!).
I leave you with this: