Raines Vs. Raines Gets Rained Out
OTTAWA (AP) _ The matchup between Tim Raines Sr. and Tim Jr., the first father vs. son regular season game in modern baseball history, was rained out Monday night.
``I would have loved to have played the game,″ Raines Sr. said. ``Sure, it’s not the majors, but it’s a start. It’s not too often you get the opportunity to play against your son.″
Tim Sr., one of baseball’s best leadoff hitters during a 22-year major league career, was set to play against his son in a Triple-A game between the Ottawa Lynx and the Rochester Red Wings.
But the contest at JetForm Park was postponed because of lightning and rain. It is not certain whether the elder Raines will play for Ottawa in Tuesday’s doubleheader. Raines Sr. is playing with Ottawa as part of his rehabilitation for a shoulder injury.
Father and son played against each other in an exhibition game in Jupiter, Fla., on March 6, with both men batting leadoff. Tim Sr. outhit his son 2-1 and both had RBI singles.
``I have the bragging rights right now,″ Raines Sr. said. ``It’s a big deal, but the goal is to do it in the big leagues.″
The younger Raines is a center-fielder who started the season in Class-A and made it to Rochester on July 23. He remembers playing with his dad during father-son games for Montreal.
``This just makes us want to play against each other in the big leagues even more,″ Raines Jr. said.
Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first father-son combination to play in the majors at the same time, when Senior played for Cincinnati and Junior played for Seattle in 1989.
The Griffeys later became the first father-son duo in major league history to be in the same starting lineup when they played for Seattle against Kansas City on Aug. 31, 1990.