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It's family day at MLB.com

Mar 4, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

These two stories in the headline stack over at MLB.com today make me think that there was a memo sent around last week or something:

1. Family roots keep Hairstons grounded;

2. Family keeps Prince grounded:

The Hairston story is more interesting simply because I don’t know as much about the Hairstons as I do Prince Fielder. But the Fielder one is interesting too in light of stuff like this from Fielder’s wife Chanel regarding Prince’s contract status:

“I think the team is in such a different place now than it was a couple
of years ago, I don’t think it should be as scary. We obviously want to
stay. There have been days that Jadyn has come home from school after
hearing kids say that Prince is going to be traded and he says, ‘Dad, I
don’t want to go anywhere else!’ We’re comfortable, and I have met so
many wonderful people in Milwaukee.”

I hate to see stuff like that. Whenever I hear it I think the people are just saying it for PR purposes (though I’m not necessarily accusing Chanel Fielder of that here). I also anticipate that someone will bookmark it and, in the likely event that Fielder leaves the Brewers in free agency, will drag it out and say stuff like “what about your wife and kids, Prince?” and accuse him of being a mercenary or something.

I know the reporter has to ask those sorts of questions in a feature like this, and I know that Chanel Fielder is no shrinking violet, but baseball is a business not unlike sales or anything else, and sometimes business considerations mean you gotta move. Hate to see the wife and kids dragged into it.

  1. AJ Gallo - Mar 4, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    No ifs, ands or buts about it, you hate to see a player’s family get dragged into stuff like this. I put the blame for this kind of stuff squarely, for the most part, on reporters’ shoulders. Craig, I will respectfully disagree with, “I know the reporter has to ask those sorts of questions……”, etc., because it’s a business. But why would a reporter even want to ask a player questions about this? What business is it of anyone’s about the player’s family? A company’s CEO moves from one company to another, no reporter asks him about its affect on his family? True, the wife in this particular instance is responsible for bringing attention to her family and she’s wrong, in my opinion, for doing so. That warrants reporter scrutiny. But this isn’t the first and only example of a family’s response to the player moving on in the world to another team that made the news. It has been done a number of times in the past, in different sports leagues, when it certainly wasn’t warranted or sought.

  2. Old Gator - Mar 4, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    There’s no doubt in my mind that what keeps Prince Fielder grounded is gravity. Same with all these other guys. Yes, their families have mass and may be attractive, but they’re not nearly massive enough to warp spacetime enough to send their paterfamiliases tumbling down the parabola as the 5.972 sextillion (5,972,000,000,000,000,000,000) metric tons of this planet can. Not even Prince Fielder himself – hell, not even Jim Fregosi when he reported for work at Shea Stadium after the Nolan Ryan trade – can match that. Yeah, I know some fundamentalist types don’t believe in it, but the day they float away in some other sense than mentally, I’ll question it too.

  3. jwb - Mar 4, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Craig, If you’re not familiar with the Hairstons, you might not have seen Jerry Sr.’s wedding picture. It’s a winner:
    http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2009/03/03/KlTPi9iw.jpg

  4. Charles Gatesi - Mar 4, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    I’m not sure if you’re right or not. I’ll have to ‘weight’ (ha) for a total solar eclipse to find out.

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