While searching through cards in one of the many piles on my desk (you may remember me mentioning that yesterday), hunting for an idea for a post, I came across this '73 Topps card.
I'm sure that there may be one or two of you out there wondering who Tom Walker is. Tom enjoyed a brief but reasonably successful 6 year major league career during the 70's with 4 teams, the majority of which he spent with the Expos.
You may be a little more aware of his currently successful son....
3 for 3 with 2 RBI's today. Batting average finally starting to creep back up to where's he been the past 3 seasons (low .270s to .296 in 2010). His 2 stints on the DL this season certainly didn't help with his consistency, but he's finally starting to get in gear. Another hot bat in August for the Pirates will help to break the 20 season streak of sub .500 seasons, which I'm sure the Pirate franchise will be all too happy to see.
I know you're probably wondering what this post is really all about. Well, I'll tell you. The first thing that I see when I look at the Walker father-son combo is the striking resemblance between the two.
Duh you say, of course they look like each other. Yes, I know. But what they remind me of is the resemblance I have with my son. My son Daniel is 15, and lives with his mother (my first wife). My son is cursed because he looks like his father...(I'm a homely dog you know!!)
It's tough when you have a teenage son that has no desire to see you, or even talk to you. Yes, unfortunately I have one of those relationships with my son, and while I've come to grips with it for the most part, there are times such as this when I'm writing a post about a father and son and I think back at the mistakes I made.
To those of you out there who read this far, and have kids of your own, go give them a hug.
You'll be glad you did.
Thanks for reading, Robert