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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ausmus' favorite Father's Day memory sounds painful; 'He never played catch with me again'

DETROIT — It's probably pretty easy to assume Brad Ausmus’ favorite Father’s Day memory may not be the same as his father’s.

“I remember the last time my dad played catch with me in the in the back yard, and I broke his thumb, and he never played catch with me again,” joked the Tigers manager Sunday morning, recalling the incident with his father, Harry, who was a professor of European history at Southern Connecticut State University. “I was pretty young, probably in Little League.”

How hard was he throwing, that he broke his father’s thumb?

“Low to mid 100s,” he deadpanned.

“I don’t know how hard I was throwing. I think he just caught it wrong, to be honest.”

The Tigers’ skipper planned a low-key celebration of the holiday with his family after Sunday’s day game vs. the Minnesota Twins, especially since his daughters — Sophie, who just turned 16, and Abigail, who is almost 15 — just joined him in Michigan, after school let out in California.

“They were in Chicago (on the last road trip). They finished school last week, so they were here,” Ausmus said. “My dog arrived (Saturday). He was very excited to see me. Much more excited than my daughters were.”

It was not a day to eat out, though.

“We’ll eat at home. My wife made one of my favorite meals, so we’ll eat at the house,” he said. “It’s the one meal I get at home a year.”


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