Triston Casas tells story of dad’s arrest at Little League game 




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“He actually grabbed me by my shirt, dragged me to the line and Looney Tune-style kicked me out onto the field.”

Triston Casas tells story of dad’s arrest at Little League game 
Triston Casas is on the road to recovery from a rib injury. (Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)

In honor of Father’s Day, Triston Casas was asked during ESPN’s broadcast of the Red Sox/Yankees game on Sunday about his own father and the lessons he’s passed down to him over the years.

The Boston first baseman did not disappoint, diving into a wild story about how his father was once arrested during one of his Little League games. 

The drama started when Casas — not more than six or seven years old — started crying on the bench because he did not want to play defense with the rest of his team. 

“I get out one day and I come back to the dugout crying, (expletive), and that’s what a six-year-old does; he sits on the bench and he cries and he doesn’t wanna go out there when his team is playing defense,” Casas recalled during a live ESPN interview in the fourth inning. “So my dad, being the dad that he is, trying to teach me the lessons that he did in his own special way, came into the dugout. He actually grabbed me by my shirt, dragged me to the line and Looney Tune-style kicked me out onto the field.

“And actually had one of my best friends that I went to high school with later, he ended up playing pro ball, his mom actually called child services on my dad and had him arrested at the field. For real, no joke. I see my dad go away in the cop car, gets arrested and he spends the night in jail.”

As chaotic as that day at the diamond might have been, Casas stressed on the broadcast that he learned a “super valuable lesson” from the entire ordeal. 

“It’s that I had a responsibility to my teammates. I had a responsibility to my coaches, to the parents that showed up that day, all the fans who were at that Little League game, to go out there and give my best effort no matter how I was feeling on the bench,” Casas said.

“No matter what I was going through that day, or whatever little hardship that I was feeling when I got out, that I still apply every single time because sometimes I just want to sit down on this bench after I get out, and I want to weep and I want to cry. But that’s not how baseball works.”

Casas has been on the mend for nearly two months after suffering a cartilage tear in his rib cage in late April — but has started to make significant progress. 

According to Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe, Casas has started to swing the bat again in the ramp-up to his recovery — and is hoping to be back in Boston’s lineup by the start of the team’s series against the Marlins, which begins July 2.





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