PEORIA, Ariz. -- There was one void in Chris Heisey's rookie season for the Reds last year that wasn't noticeable to fans, but extremely obvious to the outfielder.Good games or bad, there wasn't a way for Heisey to share the moments with his father, Craig. In October of 2007, after Heisey's second pro season, Craig Heisey died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's disease. "Every time I had a good game, I wanted to call and tell him about it, because that's what I would do in college and even my first couple of years of pro ball," Heisey said. "He would have had a blast, I know it. He would've been at a bunch of games, and definitely would've been proud to see his son in the Major Leagues. It would have been really special." Heisey, 26, was with the Reds last summer when Major League Baseball held "4 ALS" day to honor Gehrig and bring awareness to the fight against the deadly illness. He caught a ceremonial first pitch before the game.
2010 Spring Training - Cincinnati Reds
News & Features
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- Hamilton scores in split-squad action vs. Indians
- No issues for Arroyo in final spring start
- Reds planning final roster cuts Saturday
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