06/15/07 10:00 AM ET
Reds stars add 'dad' to their resumes
Harang, Dunn discuss how parenthood has affected them
By Patrick Allegri / MLB.com
"It hasn't changed anything on the field, but it's changed everything off it."While he said that he's shared stories with his fellow new dads on the team, Dunn, 27, is not afraid to offer his teammates a few friendly brags concerning his child's disposition. "I'm sure the pitchers have talked about [parenthood] more, because they have a lot more time to sit around and talk about it than us [position players]," the left fielder said with a smirk. "I listen to their problems, because my wife and I don't have any. My kid doesn't cry." Friendly prodding aside, Harang said that fatherhood has changed the way he views his own parents. "You really realize what they went through to raise you, and how hard it is, especially with a career," Harang said. "I think about times that my parents came home from work, and the first thing they did is take me up to the field for practices. They had no time for themselves. They took me wherever I needed to go play, to practice, to baseball camps, the whole deal." Even if he may now be a father, Dunn said his view of Father's Day will remain the same. "It doesn't change [from having a child]," Dunn said. "I'm still going to celebrate Father's Day for my father and my grandfathers. To me, Father's Day is for them." Both Harang and Dunn said that above all else, fatherhood has brought perspective to their careers and their lives. "Baseball is important, as a career, but your family is the No. 1 thing," Harang said. "I know that I can go home and get smiles from her. When you see your kid's face every day, there's no words to explain it."
Patrick Allegri is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.