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A moment for the big Fielders

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Unless you're a Rangers or Pirates fan, this might have been the best thing that happened Friday night:

Former Detroit Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder attended Friday night’s game between the Tigers and Marlins in Miami and shook hands with his son, Prince, next to the dugout before the game.

FOX Sports Detroit cameras caught the happy reunion. The father and son haven't seen eye-to-eye in recent years, and Cecil told me last year that he wouldn’t be going to Detroit’s games because Prince, who signed with the Tigers in 2012, once had him removed from a stadium.


Reports say that Cecil’s bitter divorce from Prince’s mother and gambling problems led to the father-son difficulties. Cecil said that it “hurt” to deal with the situation; however, it was evident on Friday night that the son welcomed his father, who won two American League home run crowns in Detroit.

Who knows if this rapprochement will last, or if anyone will be any happier in the long run. But for a moment anyway, two bigger-than-life humans seem to have found their way to something. And I think it's worth taking just a moment to be happy for them.