Dee Gordon singled home Tony Gwynn Jr. to seal a 2-1 extra-innings, walk-off Dodgers victory on Sunday, as the pair of second-generation big leaguers came up big on Father's Day.
If baseball is the ultimate Father-Son game, Sunday's contests offered plenty of proof, as several of those who learned from the best pieced together solid performances.
Gordon, son of three-time All-Star Tom "Flash" Gordon, and Gwynn, son of Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, were heroes in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Prince Fielder, the son of slugging first baseman Cecil Fielder, reached base four times and had an RBI double in a 5-0 Detroit victory.
"If I would've done it yesterday, it would have been pretty cool," Gordon said of his walk-off single. "But it's definitely great to do it on Father's Day."
As sons of former Major League hurlers, Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Nationals first baseman Andy LaRoche have been facing big-league pitching since they were old enough to swing a bat.
On Sunday in Washington, LaRoche homered to tie the game in the second inning, and Cano hit a two-run shot in the seventh to seal a 4-1 Yankees victory.
Dave LaRoche pitched 14 seasons with five different teams, amassing a 65-58 mark and a 3.53 ERA. Cano's father, Jose, made six appearances for the Astros in 1989, going 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA.
Jose Cano's teammate on the '89 Astros and their Triple-A affiliate in Tucson was second baseman Steve Lombardozzi Sr. In the fifth inning of Sunday's game Cano hit a single to Lombardozzi's son, Steve Jr., in left field before Lombardozzi Jr. grounded out to Cano in the bottom of the frame. Lombardozzi Jr. went 0-for-4.
Although the Phillies lost in Toronto, 6-2, John Mayberry Jr. added to the list of second-generation players coming through on Father's Day. Mayberry went 3-for-4 with a homer, reminiscent of his Dad, who hit 255 of them in his 15-year career.
AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.