Chip off the Old Block: Chase Anderson Honors Late Father

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Photo Credit: Flickr

Arizona Diamondbacks player Chase Anderson owes a lot to his late father, Robert, including his career in the MLB. Earlier this week, he was spotted wearing one of his dad’s staple outfits, which includes a pink polo shirt.

“He always told me,” Anderson remarked, “’Grown men wear pink.”

It’s been three years since Robert Anderson passed away from a heart attack. He was 58 years old.

Anderson, a right-handed pitcher for the Diamondbacks, always dresses just like his dad when he starts at home. We think it’s more than just a happy coincidence that his father’s shoes fit the player just perfectly.

He refers to his dad as his best friend, and while he wouldn’t want to walk everyday in the man’s shoes, “there were a lot of good days in his life.” According to the pitcher, his dad was “influential” for a lot of people, and it’s an honor to even just wear bits of his wardrobe.

Robert Anderson was a big, tall, outdoorsy kind of man. He had one son, and he and Chase’s mother divorced when the MLB player was quite young. But the divorce didn’t crush their spirits. They sang and worked outside together all the time to keep the mood light. Their favorite song to sing together? “Two of a Kind, Workin’ on a Full House” by Garth Brooks. It seems like the tune fit them perfectly.

Growing up, Robert called his son “The Iron Man,” which was more than just a reference to the popular superhero. Apparently, it originated when Chase was young and still playing soccer. Chase was the smallest kid on the team, but that didn’t stop him from scoring goal after goal in every game. His dad was proud, and now, Chase is still trying to honor him through an athletic tradition. We’d say he’s doing a fine job.

Recently, Chase Anderson pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a game against in San Francisco. Father’s Day was just around the corner. His father, of course, would be and is proud of him.

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