OAKLAND — Asked about his favorite Father’s Day memory before Sunday’s matinee with the New York Yankees, Bob Melvin couldn’t help think of all the time he’s spent at the ballpark on this day.
“The only memories are [that] I’m not with my daughter on the day,” the Oakland Athletics manager said. “But she makes it nice for me.”
For the second year in a row, major league clubs are wearing Father’s Day-themed uniforms — splashed with light blue— on Saturday and Sunday. Melvin is big fan of the trend.
“It’s just I think the recognition now more than anything recently has been really on point by MLB, “ Melvin said. “Growing up and going to the ballpark with your dad and all those things kind of are accentuated now. So I think wearing what we’re wearing to celebrate it, I think that more than anything stands out to me.”
Graveman inching along
Melvin said that Kendall Graveman — out since May 26 with right shoulder inflammation — is starting to feel better when he’s playing catch, but there’s still not plan for the right-hander to take the mound for a bullpen session.
“We’re starting to see some progress over a period of time where it was just kind of status quo,” Melvin said. “So I feel like we’re on the other side of maybe the inflammation and some of the — I don’t want to say pain — but soreness he was feeling.”