Over the course of his many years playing and coaching in the MLB, Harold Baines was known as a man of few words. His focus and mindset always seemed to be on the game.
That perception changed soon after the ceremony where Baines was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
During a post-event interview, Baines was asked who would be most proud and happy about his accomplishment. Baines mentioned his family and then immediately became emotional when talking about his father who passed away three years prior.
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With tears welling up in his eyes, Baines called his father “my hero.”
Speaking later with NBC’s Chuck Garfien, he elaborated on his response and described his father’s unique relationship with baseball.
“It’s hard (to talk about him),” Baines said. “It’s very hard. I think I played the game for him because he couldn’t. He was born too early. So I always felt I played the game for him. I love the game but it didn’t mean that much to me like it did to him.
“I was fortunate enough to get drafted, and I just said, ‘I’m playing for him.'”
Like Baines, his father was not a very expressive man but his love for the game and his son was apparent.
“He didn’t show emotion,” he said. “I know he was proud.”