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In honor of Father's Day, Page 2's Jim Caple takes a look at the patriarchal role in sports.

Updated: June 17, 2003, 12:17 PM ET
By Jim Caple | Page 2 columnist

We can't all be batboys for our fathers in a major league dugout. We can't all play in a major league outfield with our old man. We can't all phone dad and ask for first-hand advice on getting drafted by the NBA.

But that doesn't mean our fathers don't play crucial roles in our sports development.

They threw us batting practice until their rotator cuffs smoked like Bulgarian bus drivers. They yelled at the umpire to get his eyes examined after he called us out looking ...

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In honor of Father's Day, Page 2's Jim Caple takes a look at the patriarchal role in sports.