John McDonald honors his father after hitting a home run on June 20, 2010
Diagnosed with Stage IV lung cancer in April this year, Tom Morrison had only one major concern: "Am I going to be around long enough to see my son get his first big league hit?"
Logan Morrison was finally called up to the Marlins on July 27 to play left field. For medical reasons, his father would be unable to fly to see him play. But that was not going to stop a very determined father.
By the end of August, Tom Morrison was well enough to travel 29 hours by train from his home in Louisiana to New York. Logan went 1-for-5 that night against the Mets and the following day, father and son were able to celebrate Logan's 23rd birthday together. Logan had three hits that night, including his first career triple and he scored two runs.
Logan Morrison ended the season with a .283 average and 18 RBI. Sadly, on December 8th, Tom Morrison lost his battle with cancer. On his Twitter page, Logan reacted to the news by saying: "To the world he may have been just a somebody, but to this somebody he was my world."
Earlier in 2010, another father-son story made headlines. Widely respected as one of the nicest people in baseball, Toronto Blue Jay John McDonald missed nearly a month of baseball while caring for his sick father. Suffering from liver cancer, his father passed away in mid-June.
McDonald returned to the team on June 19th, only a day removed from the funeral. But knowing that Father's Day was that same weekend, McDonald felt that his father would have wanted him to play.
A utility man, McDonald saw little playing time with the Jays. But that Father's Day, he was called to pinch hit in the ninth inning of a blowout loss to the Giants. McDonald sent the second pitch he saw out of the ballpark for a two-run homer. He pointed to the heaven's as he rounded the bases to honor his father.
Prior to that day, McDonald was not known for hitting home runs. In fact, in the prior 11 seasons, he hit a total of 13 homers. But after the Father's Day home run, McDonald hit a total of six home runs in just the one season.
McDonald later said: "Somebody was helping get that ball out of the ballpark."