Watch these dads of Royals players try to crush some dingers during batting practice
Alert! Alert! Father's Day is in two weeks. If you're like me, you totally spaced on that fact and you are now racking your brain trying to figure out what kind of gift you can give the man who already has every BBQ book ever printed.
Unfortunately, the Royals already took the best idea possible and used one that you'd never be able to pull off anyway: They had their dads out to take batting practice before the team's 4-1 loss to the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday.
While they may not have been driving the pitches out of the park, these dads have no reason to care. After all, they raised straight up big leaguers -- they don't have anything to prove. It's the best part of being a dad! Plus, in Sal Butera's case, he was a big leaguer in his own right, having played in the Majors for nine seasons.
The trip is just the latest in the Royals' annual forays with dear old Dad. The tradition started in 2013 and is organized by the team's Senior Director of Travel Jeff Davenport. Beyond getting to hang out with their son and the rest of the team, it's also a great way to take a midsummer tour of baseball stadiums. Since the trip has started, dads have been around for Tampa Bay and Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis before this year's trip to Baltimore.
We're guessing it's also the only time the Royals clubhouse is filled with the sounds of Jim Croce and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.