Although he has played in the New York-Penn League before, Patrick Leyland of the Connecticut Tigers had not played the Jamestown Jammers at Diethrick Park until this week.
And it was 48 years ago that his father, Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, played in Jamestown for the entire season.
''I played here (in the NY-P League) in 2011 and we didn't have a chance to actually come here,'' Patrick said before Thursday night's game. ''I had known he played here and I called him and obviously it brought back a lot of memories. He was in the minor leagues a long time and he seems to remember every place he played at and how it was and what he did, so it's pretty cool.''
This week Patrick checked in with his dad again.
''I talked to him and he was a little busy with the All-Star Game,'' he said about his dad being the manager for the American League All-Stars. ''He wasn't quite sure where we were going to be at and I let him know and obviously he was happy we were going to get a chance to play here.''
He added, ''And we play the Pirates' (affiliate). I know it's not always been the Pirates, but to come and get a chance to play them is pretty cool.''
That's because his dad's longest stint as a manager was with the Pirates from 1986 to 1996.
''I still live in Pittsburgh in the offseason and I'm always pulling for them and it's great to see what they're doing this year,'' Patrick said.
Back to Jim's lone NY-P League season in 1965, it was quite different than today's league. The teams were in Binghamton, Auburn, Geneva, Wellsville and Batavia in addition to Jamestown. And it was a full-season league with 126 games.
''He said the league has changed a lot since he's been here,'' Patrick said. ''But all of baseball has, so he's enjoyed seeing things change and progress as well.''
Jim was a catcher and so was Patrick.
''This is my first season playing first base, I caught the other two or three years,'' Patrick said, noting that a second shoulder surgery led to the change in position.
Of course Patrick grew up in the world of baseball because Jim was managing the Pirates when he was born in 1991. Jim had married Katie O'Connor, who worked in the Pirates promotions department, in 1987.
''I was very fortunate, I wouldn't trade my upbringing for anything,'' Patrick said. ''Obviously it's not easy always having dad gone. At the same time, I got to grow up in clubhouses around major league baseball and that's an experience that very few people get to have. It's one that was very special to me and something that I haven't taken for granted. ''
He added, ''I was so young then, his last year in Pittsburgh (1996) I was only six. I don't remember a ton of it, I just remember being around and going to old Three Rivers Stadium.''
But in 1997, Jim moved on to manage the Florida Marlins and stayed for two seasons.
''We moved there for one of the seasons,'' Patrick said. ''Being young and leaving where you grew up is never easy, but we rolled with it. He's been doing this for a long time and my mom has done an absolutely fantastic job. She's really held everything together for us.''
And after coming close to the World Series with the Pirates a few times, Jim finally ended up there in 1997 when the Marlins won it all.
''That just worked out well,'' Patrick recalled. ''They just kind of caught lightning in a bottle there and just had a great season and won the World Series, so you can't ask for more than that.''
After that title, the Marlins' owner dismantled the team and Jim stayed for one more season. He managed the Colorado Rockies for one season and then left the profession. He became a Pittsburgh-based scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, but his main concern became watching Patrick play baseball before he returned to managing with the Tigers in 2006.
''His last year (managing Colorado) I think I was 8 or 9, so he got to see me until I was like 13 or 14 and saw me play a lot of games and travel around playing travel baseball,'' Patrick said. ''He always said that was the best thing he ever did. It kind of gave him a little break and kind of refreshed him a little bit. I know he was burned out after Colorado. I think that gave him that break he needed.''
And gave Patrick some expert baseball coaching.
''That was great, but just having him around was really the best part about it,'' he said. ''The baseball stuff was good, too, but just having him home was great.''
However, Patrick could the see his dad's break was coming to an end.
''I think the first few years he really didn't plan on it,'' Patrick said about his dad return to managing. ''When he retired (in 1999) I think he really thought he was going to be done managing. But I remember watching a playoff game with him and he was kind of managing along with it. I could tell he was locked back in and I knew he wanted to do it again.''
Jim took over as manager of the Tigers in 2006 and missed the bulk of Patrick's successful baseball career at Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh. That led to a scholarship offer from the University of Maryland, but he was also selected in the eighth round of the 2010 draft by Detroit and signed.
''I just think doing this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,'' he said about the decision to start a pro baseball career. ''Obviously I understand guys going to school, I totally understand that aspect of it. I actually go to school in the offseason. That was also something important to me, but to have this opportunity in front of me and at 18, it was something I couldn't pass up.''
And how is it being the son of the parent team's manager?
''It's been great.'' Patrick said. '' Detroit has been absolutely great with me in giving me every opportunity in the world to play this game and that means a lot to me. I'm just happy to have a job and be playing.''
Jim caught a few of Patrick's games when he played in the Gulf Coast League, but has never seen him in the NY-P League. But Patrick doesn't count it out.
''You never know when an off day might pop up and we're in the same area,'' he said.
But Patrick's mom drove in from Pittsburgh to watch all three games against the Jammers this week. And she might catch some more games when Connecticut plays at State College.
Jim played in the minor leagues for six years before getting into coaching and then managing, and Patrick wouldn't mind following the same path.
''Obviously if an opportunity came down the road where I could get into pro ball either in the front office or managing or coaching, I would love to do that,'' he said. ''I love baseball and I hope to be in it for a long time.''
Just like his dad.