KANSAS CITY -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy was 7 years old when his father, Dan, took him to his first Major League game at Dodger Stadium.
The duo made the trek to Los Angeles from Lompoc, Calif., about a three-hour drive. When Danny got inside the stadium and walked through a ramp toward their seats, he got his first glimpse of the perfectly manicured field.
"Dad," Danny said, "do you think I'll ever have a chance to play on that field?"
Dan didn't know how to respond.
"I was kind of speechless, because how do you answer that to a 7-year-old?" Dan said. "So, I told him, 'Yes, son -- if you eat your vegetables, do your homework, and always do what your mom tells you to do.'"
Little did either of them know Danny's dream would come true about 11 years later, when Danny had his one and only pre-Draft workout at Dodger Stadium.
"That was just so cool," Danny said. "I thought, 'Wow. I've made it.'"
The years have passed since, but Danny, now 27, and his father remember those moments from Danny's youth as if they were yesterday. That special bond remains intact as they celebrate Father's Day this year.