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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Wolfley: Fielder’s dad: Rift will heal

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Reynolds said he was “shocked” that the Fielders are not talking because the two were inseparable when Cecil was playing for the Tigers.

“Harold, that’s the same thought that I had when it first went down,” Fielder said. “But you know, my son, he - I don’t want to say he changed a lot, but he did change. Maybe it’s him growing up as a man, wanting to be Prince Fielder, not Cecil Fielder’s son anymore like he’s been his whole life, which is a good thing for him.

“I think he deserves the opportunity to be that player he wants to be, whatever that is, on his own, without the mention of me being his father every single interview he does. I think that kind of got hold of him a little bit, too. He started being uncomfortable with every time a reporter came up to him. You did this. Your dad did this. It is what it is. But my son and I will be all right. Time is going to make sure that’s OK.”

When he was asked what his son does better than he did as a player, Cecil said: “Nothing.”

But then he conceded: “He runs a little better than me. I’ll give him that.”

Repoz Posted: February 22, 2009 at 01:06 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. philly Posted: February 22, 2009 at 02:24 PM (#3083050)
Um, didn't the rift supposedly start because Cecil gambled away most of the Fielders money and was a lousy dad?
   2. Clemenza Posted: February 22, 2009 at 04:50 PM (#3083116)
The above quote seems to sum up just about every intereview I've heard from Cecil since Prince was drafted by the Brewers. he tries to sound like the bigger man (no pun intended) by letting Pricen go through whatever he needs to but that this will all work out in the end. But he never mentions the cause of the rift other than to say Prince changed or that Prince feels like he needs to get out of Cecil's shadow. Then, ultimately, there's a quote like the final one above demeaning Prince in some way. It's like he tries to extend an olive branch only to pull it back in the end. It seems Cecil is not able to acknowledge that he had something to do with the state of their relationship.
   3. Lassus Posted: February 22, 2009 at 05:08 PM (#3083122)
When he was asked what his son does better than he did as a player, Cecil said: “Nothing.”

I'd echo the last sentence of Clemenza's, and then add the above statement. Good luck with that healing, Cecil.
   4. Gamingboy Posted: February 22, 2009 at 05:21 PM (#3083127)
Cecil, Cecil, Cecil......
   5. Downtown Bookie Posted: February 22, 2009 at 05:23 PM (#3083131)
Agree completely with Clemenza's comment above. While I confess to not reading the entire article, I found myself thinking while reading the excerpt, "Gee, what a classy thing to say. Good way to take the high road." Then I reached the ending, and it was like hearing the sound effect when someone runs the needle across a record (yeah, I'm old; sorry, but that's the best I could come up with). Why go through all the trouble of building a bridge if you're just going to blow it up in the end? Anyway, if (as Clemenza states) Cecil Fielder does this sort of thing on a regular basis, then it appears that Fielder the elder has personality problems that go far beyond just a gambling addiction.
   6. A Dying Soul Posted: February 22, 2009 at 06:11 PM (#3083148)
i was shocked when he said that on that interview. It was on MLB network a couple days ago. I dont think Prince will start talking to him because of this interview lol
   7. CraigK Posted: February 22, 2009 at 06:14 PM (#3083149)
If my father gambled away $46 million in earnings over his lifetime and was in general a #### father, then yeah, I'd be hesitant to make good with him either.
   8. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: February 22, 2009 at 06:28 PM (#3083154)
Why was he asked what his son does better than him? It seems like a weird thing to bring up. I guess the reporter was hoping for a a heartwarming "I could never field like that" to close out the article?

I think he asked him because most dads would gush and say their son is a better ballplayer in every way. Particularly if the dad was trying to mend fences.

It was a meatball that Cecil was supposed to hit out of the park, but he whiffed.
   9. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: February 22, 2009 at 08:13 PM (#3083192)
Cecil has blamed Prince, Prince's mother, and just about everyone else possible for the reason for the estrangement. Everyone, that is, except Cecil himself.

Along with blowing his own money Cecil also managed to plow through Prince's signing bonus. That and if you believe any of the innuendo/gossip Cecil treated Prince's mother poorly.
   10. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 22, 2009 at 08:26 PM (#3083200)
Cecil Fielder is a model for the kind of economic activity we need to get out of the deflationary spiral. If you find some money somewhere, SPEND IT!
   11. Steve Sparks Flying Everywhere Posted: February 22, 2009 at 08:34 PM (#3083202)
It was a meatball that Cecil was supposed to hit out of the park

He actually ate it, since Prince is a vegetarian
   12. Swedish Chef Posted: February 22, 2009 at 09:11 PM (#3083224)
They're bound to gravitate to each other sooner or later.
   13. Styles P. Deadball Posted: February 22, 2009 at 09:26 PM (#3083236)
They're bound to gravitate to each other sooner or later.


Considering they're both big enough to maintain their own gravitational fields, I'd say it's unlikely, and potentially catastrophic if they do.
   14. Bruce Markusen Posted: February 23, 2009 at 02:11 AM (#3083356)
I saw the entire interview on MLB, and Fielder hardly came across as being derogatory toward his son. He spent much of the time praising Prince for both his talent and work ethic. In fact, toward the end, he made a point of saying that his son will exceed him in all of the major offensive categories. His earlier remark about Prince not being able to do anything better than him was said with a smile; I got the impression that he was being less than serious with that answer.

He did say that Prince had "changed" somewhat, but certainly didn't dwell on that issue. How the heck are any of us to know whether Prince's personality changed in some way to exacerbate this problem?
   15. Howie Menckel Posted: February 23, 2009 at 02:46 AM (#3083369)
Well, absent contrary reports about Cecil's apparent gambling problems, interviews like this make one respect Prince all the more.
He's still quite young, and seems to handle himself fine in a difficult spot.

But I'd agree it of course helps to see the whole interview.

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