Like watching Shaquille O’neil’s kids dribble and shoot free throws effectively, one has to be a little surprised when athletic children exhibit skills outside of their parent’s area of expertise.
Think about how weird it would be if Stephen Curry was a dunking extraordinaire despite Dell Curry’s sweet shooting stroke.
When Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta plays baseball with his kids, one would assume they’d be at least interested in throwing fire balls at dad. However, Arrieta’s son Cooper likes hitting shots off dad.
@Cubs Coop is ready to try out for the team, already hitting bombs off @JArrieta34 pic.twitter.com/ESCg4FJKSd — Brittany Arrieta (@MrsArrieta49) November 10, 2015
Baseball has a better track record of grooming athletes with skill sets different from their parents but Cooper is a special kid if he doesn’t want to be like his dad and throw sliders for strikes.
That being said, there is nothing wrong with a kid that has an infatuation with home run power.