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You wouldn’t think Logan Morrison and Ryan Pressly have much in common.
Morrison is a little over a year older, married with a child and is not necessarily brash, but definitely outspoken. That outspokenness has led to times where he’s butted heads with people in charge, but he’ll tell you he’s never said anything he didn’t mean or felt was true in the moment.
Pressly, meanwhile, turns 30 in December. He’s Texan to his core, all the way down to the cowboy boots, tattoo on his back and even dating a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. Pressly’s presence is more of the strong and silent type, with a quiet ferocity that has turned him from a Rule 5 flier into a strong late-inning reliever for Paul Molitor’s Minnesota Twins.
But baseball is the great unifier.
Both grew up under tough-love fathers named Tom.
Morrison’s father was in the Coast Guard, a mountain of a man who clearly passed on his size to Logan, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds. He worked on oil rigs before joining the Guard, and as a result, it’s no surprise he instilled work ethic with a no-nonsense approach toward his son -- his and Diane’s only child. They moved around quite a bit when Morrison was a kid, settling in Louisiana where Morrison went to Northshore High (Slidell, La.), the same high school attended by Twins prospect Ryan Eades.
Morrison does the Coast Guard salute after every home run in honor of his father.
Pressly’s dad was old-school Texas. He raised Ryan similarly, to respect everyone he came in contact with and to work hard. “He raised me with the right manners in a very southern way,” Pressly said at Target Field on the last homestand.
Pressly smiles when you ask him about his dad. Morrison is less outward with his emotion, but you can sense the pride in his voice when he talks about the elder Morrison.
Both players lost their fathers to cancer; Pressly’s dad passed on Nov. 1, 2013 due to renal cell carcinoma, while Morrison’s dad died of lung cancer on Dec. 12, 2010.
As a result, Father’s Day can be complicated.