This article contains these rather telling remarks:
Prince Fielder didn't really want to keep his 50th home run ball as a souvenir.
The one he really wants is No. 52. And while he's at it, he wouldn't mind winning an MVP award - all in the name of sticking it to his estranged father. And he isn't kidding. "No," Fielder said. "That's serious."
Fielder's reaction to becoming the youngest player ever to hit 50 homers in a season - a feat he accomplished with two home runs in the Milwaukee Brewers' 9-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday - provided a telling glimpse into his fractured relationship with his father, former major leaguer Cecil Fielder.
Fielder said he wants to hit 52 homers in a season and win the MVP because his father never accomplished either. Doing that, Prince Fielder said, would "shut him up."
"That's why I'm so passionate about playing," Fielder said. "I don't mind them comparing me, but I'm totally a different player. Hopefully one day, whenever they mention my name, they won't have to mention his."