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Friday, March 15, 2013

Parker: What Happened To Cecil and Prince Fielder?

Fielder keepsakes: Out of stock.

Once inseparable, now the pair barely talks.

“I know how much time we spent together, so it used to really, really bother me,” Cecil said in an exclusive interview with The Shadow League on Wednesday, where he also announced he’s writing a book about his ordeal with Prince, due out this year, titled, Blood On The Diamond.

“Ten, 11 years have passed since he graduated high school, so time for me has kind of eased a lot of the pain because I have three other kids that I’m trying to give the same opportunity that he got.

“So my focus has changed.”

... According to Cecil, Prince crushed him a few years ago, in Atlanta.

Cecil took his new wife and family to a Brewers-Braves game. The group included Ceclynn, Prince’s younger sister. After the game, they all went downstairs to the visiting clubhouse in hopes of seeing Prince. Cecil said that he told the guard at the door to inform Prince that he and the family were outside waiting on him.

Not only did Prince not come out to see his father, according to Cecil, they were told to leave.

“He sent a policeman out and made me leave the stadium,” Cecil said. “That hurt. That’s just total disrespect.”

Cecil said he felt even more hurt for his daughter. “If he didn’t want to see me, and I can understand that, he could have told the guy, ‘Hey, can you tell my dad I want to see my baby sister. I don’t want to talk to him right now,’” remarked Cecil. “Instead, they escorted me out of the Atlanta Braves Stadium.”

Repoz Posted: March 15, 2013 at 05:41 AM | 36 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Knock on any Iorg Posted: March 15, 2013 at 06:33 AM (#4388785)
I'm all over this story.
   2. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: March 15, 2013 at 07:11 AM (#4388787)
When a father and a son love a burrito very much...
   3. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: March 15, 2013 at 07:48 AM (#4388790)
Pass that lucky gravy.
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:19 AM (#4388797)
the only one of the two who keeps dragging this into the public eye is cecil. and because prince refuses to discuss things folks hurl stones at him as if he is the bad guy. more than a few posters at bbtf have gone that route.

so prince takes the route that if you cannot say anything nice don't say anything at all and gets punished for it. meanwhile, cecil fielder who has a long history of making poor life choices is painted as a poor dad who just wants to love his son.

what prince knows is that cecil likely wants to get his hands on prince's cash.

why people are so willing to believe the bum never ceases to puzzle me.
   5. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: March 15, 2013 at 08:27 AM (#4388804)
Memo to Prince: Don't star with your own son in a McDonald's commercial.
   6. zack Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:05 AM (#4388815)
I agree with Harv. If this were a newspaper I'd say the article should be pulled, but it is a grantland clone I've never heard of. Or maybe it's a BASN clone.

This story was news, sort of, in 2007. It's 5 years later, and it's quite obvious to everyone that this is just Cecil's crazy one-sided view of the situation.
   7. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:19 AM (#4388818)
zack

it's also very clear that cecil keeps crafting situations where he is in close proximity to prince, asks to see him (knowing the request will be rejected) and then cries foul to all around him as the aggrieved party. it's pathetic

and people tsk, tsk at prince being mean and unwilling to forgive.

well, sometimes that option isn't available. knowing that if you let someone back in your life you will just get a world of grief and misery.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2013 at 09:32 AM (#4388830)

Cecil said he felt even more hurt for his daughter. “If he didn’t want to see me, and I can understand that, he could have told the guy, ‘Hey, can you tell my dad I want to see my baby sister. I don’t want to talk to him right now,’” remarked Cecil. “Instead, they escorted me out of the Atlanta Braves Stadium.”


And you could have kept family matters private, but instead you're writing a book to cash in on it and talking to any reporter you can talk to.
   9. Bug Selig Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4388841)
"It’s not always that pleasant when the conversation turns to Cecil’s famous father, whose nickname was Big Daddy when he played."

Learn the names or hire an editor, Rob.

Hey, can you tell my dad I want to see my baby sister.


My dad has daughters from a second marriage. They are not my sisters.

   10. donlock Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:09 AM (#4388843)
The group included Ceclynn, Prince’s younger sister.


Cecylyn? Really?
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:31 AM (#4388850)
My dad has daughters from a second marriage. They are not my sisters.


Prince does have a full, not half, sister with that name, though the report I saw says Cecilynn. Considering what it would take to christen your daughter with your decidedly male name, it's possible that Cecylyn was just a new spelling on an old hubris. It's also possible Parker's just too lazy to check and this was the same girl.
   12. GregD Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:34 AM (#4388853)
My dad has daughters from a second marriage. They are not my sisters.
I have struggled with this myself. How much do we owe siblings (not a new problem in human affairs as Cain noted) and especially much younger half-siblings whom I really don't know and whose mother I don't respect at all. If your relationship doesn't include family gatherings or shared memories--mine doesn't--it's hard to know what the DNA connection really means, other than a likelihood that at some (I hope distant) point we'll all be at some level responsible for our father's last acts. So I get the feeling that they are not "really" my sisters, and I don't go out of my way to push anything. On the other hand, they aren't responsible for their coming into the world or its circumstances or their mother's behavior, and I do feel like it's my obligation to give them back what they want to give me and to accept what they don't want to give me, too. But it's a complicated problem, and I'm sure I don't navigate it properly with them or with my full siblings either.

Edited to add: All bets would be off if she were named Cecylyn. Then she go fly a kite!
   13. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM (#4388854)
I have a step-sister and step-brother (both older than me by a few years). I lived 20 years under the illusion that my father was a horrible person (thanks Mom). I never lived in the same area as them, but looking back I wish I'd been more concoliatory with them and my step-mother, who is a wonderful person in her own right. My mom? Not so much, although it took me 20 years to figure that out. Families are complex things.
   14. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:42 AM (#4388858)
“He sent a policeman out and made me leave the stadium,” Cecil said. “That hurt. That’s just total disrespect.”


God, what an ass. Go somewhere you are not invited to see someone who has repeatedly make clear doesn't want to see you, and he's the disrespectful one when he sends someone to tell you to leave?

And are we to take his word that Prince "sent" the cop. It could just as easily be "Sir, your father is outside and wants to see you." "I don't want to see him." At that point the cop, or more likely, security guard, tell that to Cecil and asks him to leave, as the game is over and he has no business there.
   15. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM (#4388868)
it's also very clear that cecil keeps crafting situations where he is in close proximity to prince, asks to see him (knowing the request will be rejected) and then cries foul to all around him as the aggrieved party. it's pathetic

yup.
   16. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: March 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM (#4388871)
Cecil said he felt even more hurt for his daughter. “If he didn’t want to see me, and I can understand that, he could have told the guy, ‘Hey, can you tell my dad I want to see my baby sister. I don’t want to talk to him right now,’” remarked Cecil. “Instead, they escorted me out of the Atlanta Braves Stadium.”


"If you didn't want to wait for me outside your [ballgame] you didn't have to. But you could have signed an authograph for Matthew!"
   17. Long Time Listener, First Time Caller Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM (#4388876)
edit: oops, double post!
   18. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM (#4388879)
This may not have been the first time that Cecil dragged Prince's sister along with him, so he could play the "Don't you want to see your baby sister?" card. Cecil comes across as incredibly manipulative in these stories, even when he's trying to portray himself as the good guy.
   19. tshipman Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM (#4388882)
God, these articles really make me feel bad for Prince. I didn't have the bestest childhood, but it sounds like it was a hell of a lot better than Prince's.
   20. Ron J2 Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:14 AM (#4388885)
#9 I have no blood ties to my father's second wife's daughter. At her wedding she introduced me as her brother and I'm fine with that, though I'd have expected step-brother. Her son calls me "uncle" and that's cool too.
   21. Esoteric Posted: March 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM (#4388896)
it's also very clear that cecil keeps crafting situations where he is in close proximity to prince, asks to see him (knowing the request will be rejected) and then cries foul to all around him as the aggrieved party. it's pathetic
What HW said.

Ugh. This guy stole Prince's bonus money, broke up the family, and gambled all the cash away. Prince Field is under no obligation to forgive and forget.
   22. andrewberg Posted: March 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM (#4388926)
I do not blame Prince for whatever has gone on between his father and him, but I hope for both of them that they can have a meaningful relationship while both are healthy and happy.
   23. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: March 15, 2013 at 01:18 PM (#4388965)
Her son calls me "uncle" and that's cool too.


I have to say, "My Son Calls Another Man 'Daddy'" has tons more pathos to it.
   24. smileyy Posted: March 15, 2013 at 01:30 PM (#4388972)
Family is *($#ed up but the kids of messed up people are generally blameless. Until they prove unworthy, I'm of the opinion that more family bonds (step-siblings, etc.) are better than fewer.
   25. willcarrolldoesnotsuk Posted: March 15, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4388980)
Cecil happened to Cecil and Prince.
   26. dlf Posted: March 15, 2013 at 02:38 PM (#4388997)
I feel for Prince. I have two half-siblings younger than my own children. My dad emptied out a small trust fund my grandparents had set up for me and my brothers spending money to visit and woo the now mother of those half-sibs. Life is too short to go around bitter and depressed about it, but I also don't go out of my way to spend time with that part of the family. How much worse would it be if my dad, like Cecil, had a public platform to continually complain that I'm 'disrespecting' him?
   27. Blastin Posted: March 15, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4389005)
I have a younger sister (different dads, same mom) whom I refer to as such, and see/talk to regularly.

I have an older step-brother who was around when I was a pre-teen, and I was always jealous that my sister thought he was super cool (because he was older, and I was a dork). I don't see him much anymore, even though I've given him plenty of opportunities to hang out. However I don't feel obligated to do so, I've just chosen to offer invites.

I have a step-sister I've only met a handful of times, who is older than my sister but younger than I am, and I don't hardly know much about her aside from the fact that she has four kids. (For reference, I'm 26. I think she's.. 23?)

All this is to say, I welcome bonds from those who don't act like Cecil (and my step-family has a lot of Cecils in it). But the reason I don't see my step-siblings much or at all is due to the fact that we simply weren't raised together. I would feel obligated to help my sister if she asked and I was able, somewhat compelled to do so for my step-brother (although he lives with his mother, and has since always), and I don't think my step-sister even knows how to contact me.
   28. Blastin Posted: March 15, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4389006)
Are they going to fix this doubling thing eventually?
   29. cardsfanboy Posted: March 15, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4389008)
My dad has daughters from a second marriage. They are not my sisters.


I grew up with a different version of half sisters, in that their dad died, then my mom married my dad and they had us and also raised my half sisters as their own. So I used to think that half siblings were just sisters. But later on I found out, that they themselves also have other half siblings their dad had kids before them, that they haven't seen in 40 years. So I can see how it really depends on what happened. But still to me half siblings should at least be acknowledged and attempt to be cordial too.

Having said that, and also admitting that I think that forgiveness is something that should be accepted, there is no way in the world that anyone can read this article, and think of Prince as the bad guy here. This is transparent Cecil self serving manipulation.
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: March 15, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4389009)
Are they going to fix this doubling thing eventually?


Don't refresh.... go to the top of the page and click the ##comments and it will refresh it for you without you having to hit refresh(drawback is on multiple page threads that doesn't work, you need to click the number of the last page)
   31. Blastin Posted: March 15, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4389010)
Yeah, I know how to deal with it, I made a mistake this time. But still. Anyway, it's a minor inconvenience.
   32. geonose Posted: March 15, 2013 at 03:51 PM (#4389031)
My dad has daughters from a second marriage. They are not my sisters.

She's not from a second marriage. Same parents.
Are they going to fix this doubling thing eventually?

Huh? What "doubling thing?"
   33. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: March 15, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4389039)
Huh? What "doubling thing?"

if you hit the submit button sometimes it creates a clone of the poster to be generated. some appreciate having a second set of hands. others like blastin find it annoying and prefer this not happen
   34. base ball chick Posted: March 15, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4389041)
andrewberg Posted: March 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM (#4388926)

I do not blame Prince for whatever has gone on between his father and him, but I hope for both of them that they can have a meaningful relationship while both are healthy and happy.


- sometimes life just ain't like that. you can't help who is or is not your parent, but sometimes there really ARE damm good reasons to just say - bye

my Husband did that with his genetic father and i know why and i support his decision and not once have i, uh, suggested that this decision was, um, something he should re-think.

step/half sibs in my world are common. i hardly know anyone who doesn't have a blended family. right this minute i have kids in my house i did not give birth to and i love em just the same
   35. Bug Selig Posted: March 15, 2013 at 05:19 PM (#4389075)
She's not from a second marriage. Same parents.


Yeah - I interpreted "baby sister" as meaning "sister who is a baby (or very young)". Not just "younger sister" from a marriage that I think has been over for a long time.

Cecil is still an attention whore and needs to just stop.
   36. Bug Selig Posted: March 15, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4389077)
Being more familiar than I would like to be with Rob Parker, I have to ask: Is there a tone of "I can't imagine what happened" to this, or am I imagining that just because I'm firmly convinced that Rob Parker wakes up every morning wondering why the block to the east of his house is on fire again?

Is he perhaps the author of the upcoming book?

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