Country star Tim McGraw wore dad Tug’s Phillies jersey to the World Series
From such a stick such a splinter.
Country star Tim McGraw attended Game 3 of the World Series in Philadelphia wearing his father’s jersey, much to the delight of Phillies fans watching the team’s 7-0 rout of the Astros.
The three-time Grammy winner appeared on the big screen at Citizens Bank Park and pointed out the no. 45 by the elder McGraw, who led the Phillies from 1975 to 1984.
Last Friday, McGraw tweeted “let’s go #Phillies!” with video of Tug McGraw striking out Willie Wilson to lead Philadelphia to its first World Series in 1980.
Tim McGraw didn’t know the ace was his father until he was 11, when he found his birth certificate.
They met for lunch after a ball game once with Tug McGraw saying they might be friends but not family, Tim told NPR radio earlier this year.
Years later they met again when Tim McGraw and his mother asked Tug McGraw for some money to help pay for college.
A contract was drawn up with the agreement that there would be no communication after payment. During dinner, Tim McGraw asked Tug McGraw if he thought he was his father.
“I know I am,” Tug McGraw said before deciding to break the contract.
It began a relationship that would last the rest of Tug McGraw’s life, who at age 59 in 2004 after a battle with brain cancer.
Before Game 3 of the 2008 World Series in Philadelphia, McGraw spread his father’s ashes on the mound before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
McGraw was also a popular Met and Tim he was wearing his dad’s jersey at Citi Field before throwing out the first pitch before Game 4 of the 2015 World Series.
McGraw coined the phrase “Ya Gotta Believe” during New York’s 1973 season, which saw the Mets go from last place to the World Series.
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