Elder Fielder hoping for reunion with son

Former slugger Cecil Fielder says he expects to one day reconcile with his son, Prince, the Milwaukee Brewers slugger who has his father's power swing and ample physique.

The two have been estranged for about three years amid lingering bitterness over the breakup of Cecil Fielder's first marriage.

The elder Fielder says he's probably the proudest father in the world to see his son play well.

He reminisces about the times when Prince was young and would travel with him on road trips, taking batting practice in major league parks and falling asleep exhausted at the end of the day in his father's hotel room.

Cecil Fielder says he looks forward to the day when he and his son will reconcile. He says you've got to love your parents, because that's in the Bible.

Cecil Fielder's fortunes took a downward turn after he stopped playing, including casino gambling losses of more than a half-million dollars.

Now, as the new manager of the Atlantic City Surf of the independent Can-Am League, he'll be working about three blocks from the casinos.

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