It had been quite the calendar year for Raul Mondesi. Eight months after he was honored as National League rookie of the year, and two weeks after he had played in the All-Star game, he welcomed a son into the world.
The date was July 27, 1995. The son, also named Raul, grew up and tagged along with his father, a toddler scampering about the clubhouse at Dodger Stadium. The elder Raul Mondesi played seven years as an outfielder for the Dodgers, blessed with power, speed and a cannon for an arm.
In all, Mondesi played 13 years in the major leagues — 1,525 games in the regular season, none in the World Series.