Knights coach, son celebrate Father's Day at ballpark

by: Phil Orban Updated:


CHARLOTTE - The Knights were out of town for Father’s Day, but dads in the organization likely made plans to celebrate early or late.

Knights Assistant Coach Ryan Newman celebrated at BB&T Ballpark last week with his son, William. The pair played catch on the field, but Newman said it’s not always like that. The assistant coach spends half the season in a hotel out of town.

“You get those couple months when school’s still going on, and the wife and kids are at home, it's tough so when you get these moments during the summer, it's priceless,” Newman said.

There is something about baseball that connects generations, and not just fathers and sons.

Father’s Day is as good a time as any to tip your cap to the dads who spent hours in the backyard, or drove you to the ballpark and bought you a hot dog and cotton candy.

Newman is from a baseball family, his father played professionally. He remembers to take time for the occasional catch in the outfield.

“(To) be out here daily with my dad in the summertime and being able to pass those memories on it's pretty special. William and myself having the experience of growing up in the ballpark every day, you can't trade that for anything in the world,” Newman said.