Cecil Fielder writing book about Prince

By Rob Parker - Sports Columnist
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DETROIT - In honor of the late, great Joe Falls, it's a Friday Fish Fry ...

The mystery that has baffled Detroit sports fans for more than a decade might finally be uncovered.
Former Tigers' star Cecil Fielder is writing a book about a great father-son relationship gone wrong with son and current Tigers' star Prince Fielder.

It took Cecil a long time to decide to write a book about this sad story. After all, this book is nothing like the story Cecil ever envisioned when he first held Prince in his arms after he was born.
Cecil just knew his boy, his first born, would be successful. He even knew there was a chance the Prince would follow in his dad's footprints and make it to the big leagues, especially after Prince cleared the fences at the old Tiger Stadium at age 13.

But for Prince not to be in his life and worse, not a part of the family anymore just cut Cecil too deep.

As we all know, Prince won't talk about his old man or even the circumstances of what tore apart this once wonderful father-and-son relationship.
Hence, the details of the unthinkable split are simply left for speculation, most of which aren't very faltering for Cecil. After all, it has to be something Cecil, 50, did because Prince, 28, doesn't want to have anything to do with him.

Or is it? It really isn't clear what happened.

That's why Cecil is finally breaking his silence about his son and writing a book titled, ''Blood on the Diamond.'' It's due out later this year.

"I haven't really given my version of anything that has gone on over the last 10, 12 years," Cecil told to The Shadow League exclusively. "I've been so beeping depressed about it. I just never thought that my son would be the way he is. Not just with me, but with the fact that he's not reaching out to anybody in his whole family. And that's very, very concerning."

And with good reason. Cecil and Prince had a suitable-for-framing relationship when Prince was a kid. Cecil took Prince everywhere with him, including places he wasn't supposed to be -- like on a major league field taking BP. It was pure fatherly love for his boy.

But after Cecil went through an ugly divorce with Prince's mom, financial woes and rumors that he took Prince's signing bonus when he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers, Prince has had no time or use for the man that helped him reach his dream.

Cecil is still, these many years later, absolutely stunned. "If you would have said in 1993, your son was going to act like this when he became a big league player, I would have told you you're crazy as hell," said Cecil, who vehemently denies taking any of Prince's money.

Most would think that Cecil writing this book will probably prevent the two from ever having the relationship they once had. Cecil understands that but finally wants the truth to the story revealed. "That doesn't concern me anymore," Cecil said.

Stay tuned.

Bush Right Move for Lions

The Lions have made a lot of mistakes in the last 20 years in the personnel department.

On Wednesday, it's appears as if they finally got it right on a free agent, signing running back Reggie Bush. The deal is reportedly worth $16 million over four years.

If the Lions (4-12) are serious about winning big, they have to be able to run the ball. The Lions haven't had a 1,00-yard rusher since 2004.

In Bush, who played for the Miami Dolphins the last two years, the Lions get a good runner and a huge threat to catch the ball out of the backfield.

"It's very important,'' said Bush, 28, on 97.1 FM Thursday. "It's very necessary.

"If we're rushing for over 1,000 yards, it means we're doing something right. It will help us be more dangerous and help our team be stronger.''

Bush, who supposedly was given the starting job over Mikel Leshoure, had 986 rushing yards last season and caught 35 passes for 292 yards.

Red Wings Heading East ... Finally

The NHL finally got it right. The Wings are moving back to the Eastern Conference where they belong.

It means no more long west coast road trips and no more late, playoff games for Detroiters.

"It's a win-win for our fans and our team," said GM Ken Holland after the league announced that it approved realignment, starting next season.

Another good thing is that the Wings will also be in a division that includes Montreal, Toronto and Boston.

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