Gibson recalls slugging young Fielder

Gibson recalls slugging young Fielder

MILWAUKEE -- One Brewers player in particular was stirring memories Friday for D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, whose club will face Milwaukee in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Saturday.

Gibson played three seasons with Prince Fielder's father, Cecil, in Detroit. They were teammates from 1993-95, Gibson's final years in the Major Leagues.

"I have known Prince Fielder since he was a very young kid," Gibson said. "He used to live two blocks from me when I played with the Tigers with his father. He used to come in and hit balls in eighth or ninth grade."

The legend says Prince Fielder used to hit baseballs into Tiger Stadium's upper deck as a teenager. He has downplayed that story over the years.

Gibson felt right at home in Milwaukee, considering he grew up in Michigan.

"And I have kind of legendary memories playing the Brewers way back in the early '80s," Gibson said. "In 1981, they beat us in the last game of the short season for the second half win. So I couldn't be happier [to be back]."