Though many of us might have considered Wednesday night's matchup between the Florida Marlins and New York Mets to be a meaningless boycott-worthy game, it meant everything to Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison(notes) and his dad, Tom.
Tom, you see, has been battling inoperable lung cancer. When the 51-year-old non-smoker was diagnosed, his first question to his doctor was whether he'd live long enough to see his son Logan reach the big leagues and stroke his first hit.
Tom did get to see that first hit — a single in San Francisco on July 27 — but only by watching the broadcast on his computer. It wasn't until this series in New York that father was finally cleared to go see son play Major League Baseball for the first time in person.
Doctors granted [Tom] permission to travel to New York City to see his son play in the Mets series. Wednesday was Logan's 23rd birthday. There was only one caveat: Because of the nature of the illness, doctors told Tom Morrison he could not fly.
So he took a 29-hour train ride from Slidell, La., arriving in time to see his son in a big-league uniform for the first time. In order to be as close to his son as possible, Tom Morrison sat in the stands down the left-field line, not too far from where Logan stood in the outfield. Around the sixth inning or so, Logan looked up, spotted his father, and waved.
"I know it means a lot to him just to come see me play," Logan said. "I know how much it means to him. He told me today it was surreal to see me play."
It's a nice story, made even better by the fact that Tom saw Logan leg out the first triple of his career in Florida's 5-4 victory over the Mets on Wednesday. The highlights of Tom watching the triple and Logan talking about the experience are really something to see.
[Photos: More of Logan Morrison in action]
The pair joined together with family after the game to celebrate the younger Morrison's birthday, and it was there where Logan planned to turn the tables and give his father a gift — the baseball from his first hit in San Francisco that he was saving for the next time he saw Tom in person.
Though Tom does not know how much time he has left, he hopes to buy a universal train ticket next season so he can watch his son and the Marlins play around the country.
Here's hoping he gets that chance. Wouldn't it be cool if he were on hand to watch Logan's first major league home run at some point?
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