For first-year Rays pitching coach Chris Bosio, a stroll on the field with son Jace was a walk to remember.
By DAVE SCHEIBER
Published July 19, 2003
[Times photo: Michael Rondou]
Jace Bosio gets a little help from his dad as he takes his first steps on a big-league ballfield during spring training at Progress Energy Park, the home of Al Lang Field.
I remember the moment really well. It was after a spring training game against Minnesota in March. My wife, Suzanne, had her parents in town from Wisconsin, and they were all at the game with our two kids. Our daughter Jensen is 8 and our son Jace was about 14 months at the time.
I told Suzanne to stick around after the game, because I wanted her to bring Jensen and Jace onto the field. It was the first time Jace had ever been on a big-league field, and having him and Jensen together out there was something I'll never forget.
The first thing they did, as soon as they got on the grass, was run and get on the mound. They wanted to see what all the guys were doing.
Just the excitement of being at the ballpark and then being able to go down on the field was a huge thrill for them. And it was for me, too. It was great. Jace was climbing up on the mound like it was Mount Everest, on all fours, because the balance isn't great at 14 months. But he was in his climbing glory.
I remember when my dad took me to the park for the first time. It was in Minnesota at the old Met. We sat in the outfield seats, watching Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew. We got there for batting practice and I watched Rod Carew bunt 20 or 30 times in a row.
So now I had my son out there. I was looking down at him and thinking, "I hope you get the experience of being a major-league player at some point in your life." It was just a wonderful feeling.