Michael Massey, a Kansas City Royals rookie infielder, had a large fan club that traveled to Toronto to witness
him wear a big-league uniform. On his first day in major league baseball, 14 of his closest friends and relatives
crossed into Canada. One person stood out more than others. His father Keith had been a great coach and
ballplayer. Massey continued in the footsteps of his father at the University of Illinois, and still plays second base
the same way as his father. Massey's first hit in the majors was Saturday's 6-5 extra-inning loss against the Toronto
Blue Jays. Massey immediately ran back to the field to present his father the bat and a message. Massey stood
in front of his locker at the clubhouse and said, "I just handed my dad the bat." Massey said, "He's been a great
hitting coach and my greatest support. Both my parents have." You can't do the things that happen today by yourself.
Massey stated that there were not many words exchanged between Massey and his father when he presented the
bat to him, but that it was certainly meaningful. Massey said that they looked at each other and "I think we both
knew what our respective words were without having to say it." Massey was 2 for 4, with a pair line-drive
base hits. The first had an exit velocity of 101 mph. His father taught him how to develop that swing.
Massey stated, "It was really unique." Massey said that there were many nights growing up when it was just him
and me in a batting cage. He would work 9-5, then go home to eat dinner and throw batting practice at 6 o'clock.
Although it wasn't the first thing he wanted, his parents and my family sacrificed so much for me to have this opportunity.