Being the child of a sports legend is no easy task.
But what happens when that legend is not only on the same team as their kid but is absolutely raking at an age when he should fully be retired?
53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro and his son Patrick are both members of the Cleburne Railroaders, and Papa Palmeiro is dominating.
This still blows me away:— Boys & Gurleys In America (@CTowersCBS) August 31, 2018
53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro is hitting .301/.424/.495 with the Cleburne Railroaders.
28-year-old Patrick Palmeiro is hitting .253/.305/.385 with Cleburne. https://t.co/BjsWumNyRd
Rafael Palmeiro was a dominant, albeit steroid-aided, force during his 19-year career in the MLB. Palmeiro's power blossomed during his first stint with the Texas Rangers (1989-1993). By the end of his career, he'd been named to the MLB All-Star Team four times and won the Gold Gold thrice (though one of those seasons was laughable). He's one of six members of the 500 home run club and 3,000 hit club.
For those worried about it, though, the comeback train has been halted a bit. Like most 53-year-olds, Palmeiro's dealing with a knee issue.
For those of you wondering how Rafael Palmeiro's comeback is going (@Fiskadoro74 with the assist), he's hitting .301 with 6 HR and a .919 OPS in 31 games with the Cleburne Railroaders of the independent @AA_Baseball league. He was placed on the DL last week with a knee issue. pic.twitter.com/eO9cG49Sbh— KJC at the bat (@Tiger_Lifer) August 22, 2018
Papa Palmeiro is somehow hitting at a rate that would put him in the top 20 in the current MLB.
Will a team look at Palmeiro's stats and think about signing him? Nope.
But until it becomes official, Patrick will just have to deal with being second-best to his pops.