Happy Father's Day to all dads this weekend and I want to say a special Happy Father's Day to my Dad, Carl "Bugs" Pitcher, or as I call him  "Pops."

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He's been an inspiration to me for my whole life. He was my Little League coach and he and my Mom were the leaders of the MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship).

He was a chaperone on my senior trip, it was a trip that me and four of my friends took to Six Flags. I won't tell you what happened but it wasn't my Dad's fault. In fact, he was the one who saved me and two of my friends from worse trouble.

My Dad along with my Uncle Dale taught me to pitch modified softball and when I started playing adult league softball, it was my high school friends and Dad on the team. For many years, he was my catcher.

He would let me know if he was "displeased" with the way I was acting on the pitching mound. He would walk about halfway to the mound and fire a bullet to me and say "Straighten Up."

He's a quiet man with a dry and quick sense of humor. I've been told by those who know my Grandfather Glenn and my Dad, that I got my sense of humor from both of them.

I enjoy it when we go golfing together and attending the final day at the DICK'S Sporting Goods Open. We've taken cruises and sporting trips together. In the picture above, it's us at Yankee Stadium on the day that Derek Jeter got his 3,000 hit.

He's a man of faith and integrity who I respect and appreciate. I talk to people that worked with him at Columbia Gas. They all have great things to say about him and ALWAYS share a funny story about something he said or did.

So Happy Pops Day and can't wait to get together for the DSG Open on Sunday, August 21st...

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