Cecil and Prince Fielder Have Long Road In Rebuilding Their Bond
While Detroit Tigers fans are no doubt celebrating the signing of All-Star first baseman Prince Fielder, the slugger returns to the place where his father Cecil won a World Series Championship a father that hes been at odds with for quite some time over reasons only known to them. Prince Fielder will undoubtedly face dozens of questions regarding the estranged relationship between him and his dad, although the elder Fielder has said the hes been in brief contact
Well, we're having a few chats. We're doing a lot better than we were, said Cecil Fielder Tuesday (January 24) on MLB Network Radio. Time heals all wounds, man. Everybody has to come back together at some point. Number one thing, I'm just happy for him.
Those words were a far cry from the violent talk from Fielders dad from last summer. Cecil told the Yuma Sun that he wanted to drop a right on him instead of talking to his son. In what should have been the feel-good story of the upcoming Major League Baseball season, the feud between the Fielders is still a prominent and tense issue.
Cecil Fielder and Princes mother Stacy underwent a tough divorce, which some writers say led to the split between father and son. Others have alleged that Cecil spent part of his sons signing bonus without permission, and was embroiled in battling gambling and property debt issues as well.
Prince Fielder has never publicly addressed the split at length but the married father of two could possibly benefit in rebuilding the connection with the man he joined on the baseball field during spring training in 1994. News alternative Detroit Free Press even reprinted
an old 1992 article featuring a story on Cecil Fielder and his baseball prodigy son, where young Prince even said his dad was the best homerun hitter in the game. Cleary at one point, they were inseparable and loving towards one another.
If Cecils words are true, perhaps they can reform their bond and give sons like myself and countless others hope. Hope that even those of us who dont have our fathers in our lives that one day, we can try to rebuild the bonds. As Duk of the Big League Stew said eloquently of the Fielders situation in his column: fathers shouldnt be apart from their sons.