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THE LINEUP: Proud papas on Father’s Day

Rio Gomez, son of ESPN commentator Pedro, competing in CWS
SportsCenter reporter Pedro Gomez’ Father’s Day weekend has an added bonus: Son Rio Gomez pitches for the University of Arizona. The Wildcats open their College World Series play in Omaha, Neb., on Saturday versus the University of Miami (ESPN2, 8 p.m. ET).

“To think of when Rio first threw a baseball and now having him go to Omaha and the College World Series, it’s beyond anything imaginable,” Gomez told Front Row. “It’s a testament to his abilities and work ethic. I’m over the moon filled with pride for what he’s accomplished.”

Arizona also will play in one of the games Monday in the double-elimination tournament, which ESPN will provide exclusive pitch-by-pitch coverage of on multiple platforms beginning Saturday.

To commemorate Father’s Day this Sunday, June 19, Front Row asked several ESPN dads whose offspring have made significant impact in sports – on or off the playing fields – to answer one question: “How is your love of sport reflected by your children?”

Several of the commentators graciously replied with their thoughts as well as meaningful personal photos with their children.

The gallery above features commentators Teddy Atlas, John Buccigross, Jay Crawford, Pedro Gomez, Jon Gruden, Karl Ravech and Craig Robinson.

They discuss their offspring’s various sports leanings – for instance, Ravech’s son Sam calls play-by-play for Pepperdine men’s basketball and baseball broadcasts; Robinson’s daughter Leslie plays basketball at Princeton; Crawford’s son Corey is a four-time, first-team All-America long jumper for Rutgers.

Share some time with the proud papas in the gallery above.

Andy Hall, Anna Negron, Michael Skarka, Bill Hofheimer, Gabriela Nunez and Ben Cafardo contributed to this post.

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