ESPN “E:60” programming alert: A beauty of a Father’s Day piece on Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen (Fullerton High, CSF) and how the Dodgers are connected

A 20-minute piece scheduled for Sunday’s “E:60” (ESPN, 7 and 9 a.m.) focuses on the father-son story of Michael Lorenzen,  the Cincinnati Reds middle relief pitcher from Anaheim, Fullerton High and Cal State Fullerton.
Late in the 2016 season, Lorenzen hit a home run against the Dodgers at Great American Ballpark. It went viral because of how he tearfully reacted.
Lorenzen had just rejoined the team following bereavement leave so he could attend his funeral of his father, Cliff, who led a tormented life of alcoholism and drug abuse but still had the time and passion to coach him in Little League.
Another interesting angle here: The reporter is Will Reeve, the 25-year-old son of the late actor Christopher Reeve, and doing his first piece for the show after doing some “SportsCenter” work.
“Michael’s story, while it’s unique to him, is also universal,” Reeve said Thursday morning.  “We all have a father that we try to follow in their footsteps, for better or worse, and there are universal truths in this story that relate to themes of forgiveness and hope after our shared experiences.”
Wrapping up the piece, Reeve and “E:60” host Jeremy Schaap will sit together to discuss the relationships they had with their late, high-profile fathers and how they feel about this Father’s Day in particular.
“We want to explore that emotional space, and give credit to Michael for his raw emotions that he exposes and we were not expecting,” said Reeve. “We are so grateful that he opened up and shared this.”
The Dodgers finish a three-game series at Cincinnati back at Great American Ballpark on Sunday’s Father’s Day (SportsNet LA, 10:10 a.m.),  where it might not be all that strange if Lorenzen came out of the bullpen to throw some innings.

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  • Bob Wolfe

    what was that song playing in the background during one of the segments – take me home? Something like that? thanks