Joe Biagini’s Dad Illustrates the Highs and Lows of a Baseball Parent

No matter whether your child plays Little League or in the Big Leagues, sometimes a parent can feel completely helpless watching from the stands.

Parents invariably ride the highs much higher than anyone on the diamond. On the flip side, the lows can feel pretty low. At least, that’s what I recall from my very brief and mostly unsuccessful stint as a Little Leaguer.

Nobody felt those highs and lows more vividly on Wednesday night than Joe Biagini’s father, Rob Biagini.


The Biagini family was on hand in Milwaukee to watch Joe make his fourth Major League start. The Sportsnet cameras followed Rob Biagini for most of the game and caught his myriad of reactions throughout his son’s up-and-down start against the Brewers.

After Joe Picked Up His First Big League RBI

Alright! Everything is good! Joe managed to get the bat on the ball with a weak infield grounder but managed to pick up his first career RBI in the Big Leagues. This is going to be a good game.

After the First Two Batters of the Fifth Got on Base

Why does it feel like Joe Biagini has been BABIP’d worse than any Blue Jays starter this year? With runners on first and second and nobody out, Rob Biagini starts to get stressed out.

… Continued

I’m pretty sure this is exactly what I looked like from innings 7-11 of the American League Wild Card game last year. “This is fine, everything is fine. I’ll be fine. He’ll be fine.”

After The Brewers Got on the Board

Now the Brewers have scored and Mr. Biagini is rocking back and forth in his seat.


Ultimately, Joe was pulled in the fifth inning after giving up four singles. However, his teammate Danny Barnes bailed him out by ending the inning with a pair of strikeouts. Not before Rob Biagini probably grew a few more grey hairs.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

2 thoughts on “Joe Biagini’s Dad Illustrates the Highs and Lows of a Baseball Parent

  • May 25, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Joe sounds like a complex guy perhaps that helps him throw a breaking ball anyway the bull pen bailed him out so all is good.
    The pictures of his Dad are priceless I expect the next game he may come incognito.

  • May 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    I had the pleasure to play college baseball with Rob Biagini , he is a great guy and obviously a super dad.

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