Gibson remembers dad on Father's Day

Gibson remembers dad on Father's Day

Gibson remembers dad on Father's Day
ANAHEIM -- D-backs manager Kirk Gibson was filled with thoughts of his late father, Robert, on Sunday.

Yes, partly because it was Father's Day, but also because Gibson thinks about him every day.

"I think about my dad all the time," Gibson said. "Sometimes you guys get frustrated with me, but you can thank my dad for that. He was just a very strong-minded guy, a very determined, dedicated guy, liked challenges, competition and just didn't really give into things.

"You know sometimes it hurts, but you have to keep moving in the right direction, the direction you want to move in. You can't be altered, you can't be deterred from what your prize and it's determined by yourself."

Gibson's dad always wanted him to play baseball rather than football, and he was heavily involved in his son's athletic endeavors.

"I enjoyed it, though there were some good battles," Gibson said. "My kids knew their grandpa and the moments that they had with him were very special. Of course we wish that not only my dad, but others who have lost their fathers, that they could still be here. But their legacy lives in spirit and mind and body and soul forever."