The Rays put infield prospect Cameron Seitzer on the travel roster to Dunedin Friday for one very good reason: Cameron's dad, Kevin Seitzer, works for the Blue Jays.
The former Major League player now coaches Toronto's hitters. Well, Dad Kevin was pretty proud in the ninth inning when his son hit a long two-run home run that landed on top of the batting cages in right field.
Dad could not help but smile even though the Rays' shot came against his Jays. Kevin Seitzer tipped his hat to Rays' manager Joe Maddon. Joe saluted back.
"Yeah I hit it pretty good," Cameron said. "I was excited that it got up in the air as much as it did. He (dad Kevin) was clapping for me. When I stepped on home plate I winked at him and it was a good time. I mean, that was the first time that's ever happened, so it was a pretty cool experience."
Joe agrees. This moment has the "cool factor."
"I know Kevin sent a message over he was really pleased that Cameron was here," Maddon said after the game. "And then first pitch ground ball, and all of a sudden you see a homer in the ninth inning, so that's got to be pretty cool even though it happened against his team, I'm sure Dad's pretty proud."
Cameron Seitzer played for Double-A Montgomery, the Biscuits, last season. He'd love to have the chance someday to homer for the Rays against his dad's Blue Jays again in the MLB regular season.
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