[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1371440137&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4098924&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1371440137 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- Baseball has been around for more than 150 years, but Father’s Day is new to the scene. The third Sunday in June wasn’t named a national holiday until 1972. Since then, millions of dads have filled baseball parks across the country to celebrate their special day with family. Regions Field was one hot Birmingham destination Sunday, as the Barons hosted the Jackson Generals. “Hopefully we’ll have a lot of daddies here today, and they can enjoy the ballgame,” said Barons manager Julio Vinas.
Vinas celebrated his first Father’s Day this year. His son was born in April, and life has changed drastically for him and his wife. “Our sleep is deprived a little bit,” he says with a laugh. “But I don’t mind it.” He says he hopes his son chooses a life on the diamond, but he will support him no matter what. Even though there are thousands of faces in the stands, he can pick out his sons and gets a lift. “It’s a great feeling just to know that he’s here and he’s watching, and that he’s going to grow up in this type of environment,” says Vinas.
Last year, more than 1.6 million fans filled MLB stadiums on Father’s Day.