When Ross Newhan was on the baseball beat, one of the perks to the job was that he could bring his young son, David, to Spring Training, usually in Palm Springs with the Angels. Ross went on to become the national baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times, and in 2000, the Hall of Fame honored him with the Spink Award, which is the baseball equivalent of the Oscars. One year earlier, David had made his major league debut as a player with the Padres.
Ross never wrote about David in his column until 2004. That's when David was coming back from an injury that had sidelined him for more than a year. Playing for the Orioles, David returned to the majors two days before Father's Day. What happened next prompted Ross to write about his son professionally for the first time, and the column still resonates a decade later.