"I don't think he ever saw me pitch live -- maybe a couple times when we played them," Casey Kelly said of his days with the Padres. "Last year, I was in Florida with the Braves. It was kind of cool to have him out there and watch me pitch."
Plus, Pat Kelly, 61, offers his son a few pointers when he can. Pat's Major League career consisted of three games in 1980 with the Blue Jays. A catcher, he made his debut in May 1980, and played his final game five days later. This year will be his third as the Pensacola manager.
Casey remembers visiting his dad in the Minor Leagues every summer.
"I'd hang out with his team all summer," Casey said. "I was hitting in the cage, fielding ground balls, but I thought it was fun. I was out there playing around. Once I got to high school and started taking it seriously, he'd help me out, hitting in the cage, thinking about different gameplans in the box. He's definitely helped me in my baseball career."
The younger Kelly was an infielder when he was a first-round Draft pick by the Red Sox in 2008, and was then converted to pitcher. His father was part of that conversation.
"He always wanted me to be a catcher when I was growing up," Casey said. "But I said I was too much of an athlete to be a catcher."