Father, son day: Seitzers reunite for spring tilt

Braves' hitting coach thrilled to meet up with son Cameron, who came up from Rays' Minors camp

Father, son day: Seitzers reunite for spring tilt

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Braves hitting coach Kevin Seitzer enjoyed a late Spring Training surprise on Friday, when he had a chance to feel the unique pride created by the opportunity to be on the same field as his son, Cameron, a Rays Minor Leaguer.

Rays manager Kevin Cash reunited the Seitzers by providing Cameron a chance to come up from Minor League camp to serve as the starting first baseman during the club's 2-2 tie at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex.

"He texted me last night to tell me he was coming," the Braves' hitting coach said. "I woke up at 3 o'clock ready to go."

Cameron and Kevin SeitzerMark Bowman/MLB.com

Before going hitless in three at-bats, the 26-year-old Seitzer savored the opportunity to spend some time with his dad for the first time since the start of Spring Training.

"He gets to see me right before we break camp," said Cameron, who hopes to begin the upcoming season in Triple-A. "It will be six or seven months before I get to see him again. So, it's really cool that they brought me on the trip."

This was not the first time the Seitzers have been on the same field during a Spring Training game. In 2014, when Seitzer was the Blue Jays' hitting coach, former Rays manager Joe Maddon brought the young first baseman to Dunedin, Fla., for three different Grapefruit League games.

Cameron made the most of that first opportunity when he homered with his dad in the opposing dugout.

Seitzer's two-run home run

"That was pretty special," Kevin Seitzer said. "That was a proud moment."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.