Father's Day at the park

BOB ELLIOTT, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

So, tomorrow is not your average Sunday.

Not for us dads. Not for you kids.

It may have been written once or twice before ... but is there a better way to spend Father's Day than with baseball, whether it is at the Rogers Centre, watching the Washington Nationals play the Blue Jays, a sandlot tournament game or heading to the park for a father-and-son game of catch?

There are even steps on the internet on how to enjoy baseball on Father's Day (ehow.com/how_2046302_celebrate-fathers-day-baseball-game.html).

We remember past Father's Days:

Willie Upshaw talking about his love for his father in 1987 when the Jays were in Arlington, Tx.; interviewing Ed Sprague's father, also named Ed; talking to Greg and Mike Maddux's pop on his day.

Probably the most memorable was a year ago Sunday when the Atlanta Braves recalled Cambridge, Ont. native Scott Thorman to face Boston Red Sox's Curt Schilling on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Thorman was 12 when he lost his father Rob and called the promotion from triple-A Richmond the best Father's Day gift he could give. On Monday, the Sox will be in Atlanta with Schilling once again scheduled to pitch.

NEAR-MISS

From legendary columnist Patrick Reusse after the Twins' game on Wednesday:

Microphones were stuck near the face of Lew Ford, who homered in the second inning for his first home run in 2007, and perhaps his first ever to right field.

A couple of hours earlier, a veteran reporter of substantial girth who shall remain nameless had questioned manager Ron Gardenhire on the wisdom of having Ford in the lineup over ... well, over anyone.

"I was looking up there in the press box for you when Lew hit that home run," Gardenhire said later.

It must be pointed that Ford also came looking in his next at-bat, with a foul ball line drive to the press box that missed splitting open said reporter's ample forehead by a couple of centimeters.

NEW NO. 1

With the 2007 draft out of the way, who will be the top dog next June? Our pick? Right-hander Stosh Wawrzasek of Langley, B.C. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder is a member of the Canadian National Junior team, when not pitching for Doug Mathieson's Langley Blaze.

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS

Jeff Samardzija, to whom the Cubs gave a $10 million US contract, has been moved to the bullpen at class-A Daytona Beach. He's 0-5 with a 5.59 ERA in 11 starts.

In his blog last week, Samardzija wrote: "I didn't win as a starter in April and May, they kicked me to the bullpen to work on things. They think it's for the best. I cannot lie: I want to be a starter, so I am not too crazy about the move."

After talking to the Cubs, Samardzija revised his blog the following day.

ALASKA NO. 2

If the Cape Cod League is the best college summer league, the Alaska League is considered second best. Chris Cullen of Tecumseh, Ont, is with the Matsu Miners and Windsor's Hirali Garcia is pitching for the Peninsula Oilers.


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