In a rare swap of famous sports progeny, the Chicago Cubs Thursday sent Trevor Gretzky to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Matt Scioscia.
Nothing personal against Trevor, but it was a much bigger deal when his dad made the move to L.A. two decades ago. I don’t think Trevor will have quite the same impact on the Southern California sports scene that Wayne did when he came down from Edmonton.
And all due respect to Matt Scioscia, but I really don’t see him becoming the kind of player for the Cubs that Mike was for the Dodgers.
Were it not for the last names, this is a trade no one would even have noticed. Does that suck for Trevor and Matt? Kind of.
But then coming out of your famous father’s shadow is never easy. Just ask Frank Sinatra Jr.
Frank Sinatra: musical legend and Oscar winning actor. Frank Jr.: a couple cameos on The Sopranos.
Oh, and Frank Jr. got kidnapped once. He had that going for him.
Of course, occasionally the offspring of famous people do emerge from their parents’ shadows and forge their own identities. In fact, there’s a member of the Gretzky family who has done it.