ATLANTA -- As Braves catcher Tyler Flowers delivered a couple of key hits after making an unexpected entry into Sunday afternoon's 4-1 win over the Padres, he was pretty sure his dad was relaxing and enjoying Father's Day without possibly knowing what was transpiring at SunTrust Park."I'm pretty sure he
ATLANTA -- As Braves catcher Tyler Flowers delivered a couple of key hits after making an unexpected entry into Sunday afternoon's 4-1 win over the Padres, he was pretty sure his dad was relaxing and enjoying Father's Day without possibly knowing what was transpiring at SunTrust Park.
"I'm pretty sure he was still on the boat at the lake," Flowers said. "Once he saw me playing yesterday, he figured I wasn't playing today. So, he was having a little Father's Day of his own. But knowing him, I'm sure he'll watch the whole game tonight."
As for Flowers' five kids, who range from 1 to 5 years old, he suspects they were playing in the Braves' family room as he drilled a two-run, eighth-inning homer off Brad Hand and tallied the game's first run when he scored on Johan Camargo's two-run single in the fourth.
As Padres reliever Craig Stammen recorded three strikeouts over two scoreless innings on Sunday, he enjoyed his first Father's Day as a dad. His first child, Chase, was born March 20.
"Today's a cool day because my hero is my dad, so it's always been a cool day to look up to him," the right-hander said. "And now to realize that I have a son that's probably, hopefully one day looking up to me, it's kind of a fun day to think back and celebrate that and look forward to how I can raise my boy the right way."
Having played in Saturday's win, Flowers was expecting to have Sunday off. But he was pressed into duty when Kurt Suzuki was hit in the head by a backswing to end the second inning. It's all part of the job of being a Major League catcher, but the practice of always being willing and ready to work was instilled in him as a child, when he watched his father work multiple jobs.
"We grew up pretty poor," Flowers said. "I remember going on the paper route with him before he went to his real job. But he coached every team and got us a new pair of cleats each season and a new bat. He made it a point to be there for everything even though it wasn't very practical. That was definitely his priority. That has definitely carried over to me. I'm not going to let anything get in the way of what my kids want to do."
To celebrate Father's Day, the Braves and Padres wore symbolic blue ribbon on their uniforms along with blue wristbands and a specially designed light blue cap to raise awareness and funds for the fight against prostate cancer.
Sunday marked the final day for fans to participate in the Prostate Cancer Foundation 's Home Run Challenge. This fundraiser allows fans to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their team during the first two weeks of June. More information can be found at https://homerunchallenge.org.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.