The Longhorns are facing elimination on Monday, but Sunday wasn’t about getting ready for Louisville. Instead, it was about having fun and celebrating Father’s Day with the men that introduced them all to baseball.
“He’s pushed me ever step of the way,” Parker French said. “I wouldn’t be here without him. He’s always been there, the ups and downs. But honestly, he taught me not to settle, and always push for my dreams and work hard. There’s no substitute for hard work, and he was the guy who taught me that. It’s an honor to be able to be here and be with him because it means the world to me.”
For so many players on the Texas team, their love of baseball started by playing catch with their dad, and for French it was no different. French will get the start for the Longhorns on Monday, and his dad will be in the stands watching him like has his entire career.
“It’s a cool and awesome experience to spend father’s day out here,” French said. “I know for him, as well.”
“Obviously, it’s been a fantastic experience for us so far,” Doug French said. “His first College World Series. Our first College World Series. My first College World Series, to attend. It’s been great. [Monday] he gets to start, and that’s gonna be a special day for us.”
Monday, French will hope to give his dad a late Father’s Day gift with a win against the Cardinals.