For baseball fans, there are few things more influential than the father and son bond. Dads are often the ones who introduce young athletes to the sport, take them to the ballpark for their first game, and coach their little league teams. Current New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano was lucky enough to have his father by his side during his 2011 MLB Home Run Derby win.
Most players bring coaches or teammates to pitch for them, but instead, the then-New York Yankees player brought his father. The results were a dream come true.
Cano's father Jose was a former pitcher who played in the Chinese Professional Baseball League and briefly for the Houston Astros in MLB. Having someone who was there for your first swing be there for some of your best on one of the world's biggest stages was a beautiful moment for the father and son combo.
Cano went on to record 20 home runs across the first two rounds to advance to the finals against Boston Red Sox infielder Adrian Gonzalez. He would defeat Gonzalez with 12 home runs in the final round, after recording just four outs. At the time, it was the most homers ever hit in a final round.
The moment between Cano and his father is just one of many outstanding father-son moments to have happened in MLB history.
It may not be as crazy as Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey hitting back-to-back homers together on the Mariners, but seeing Robinson and Jose Cano win the Home Run Derby together is a heartwarming moment for fans to look back on this Father's Day.