PHOENIX -- In a Chase Field lobby before Sunday's game, Dean Bowsher saw a baby in a car seat and did the only thing a man about to be named an MVP Dad would do.
"He just got down there and started waving at her and playing with her," Bowsher's wife, Michone, said.
On Sunday, Bowsher was honored as the D-backs' MVP Dad as part of a program by Major League Baseball that gave fans an opportunity to celebrate father figures in their lives. More than 3,200 entries were submitted online for the "My Dad, My MVP" contest, which is in its first year. The winners were selected by a celebrity panel of judges and by nearly 270,000 fan votes.
"It's just absolutely amazing," Bowsher said. "It's unbelievable."
Bowsher is the father of two boys, the stepfather to a daughter and a son and regularly opens his home to children in need.
"All my kids' friends are like my kids," he said. "They come over all the time, and some have troubled lives without their parents -- they're not here in town -- so they stay with me every now and then.
"It's been an ongoing thing," Bowsher continued. "We don't want nobody to stay out on the streets, so it works out pretty good that we have a decent home and have enough room for them."
The 48-year-old lives in Peoria, Ariz., has worked in electrical sales for 23 years in Scottsdale and volunteers by coaching and umpiring youth softball and regularly volunteering at his church.
"He deserves it," Michone said. "He really does. He's a fantastic father."
Bowsher received a gray replica D-backs jersey with the words "MVP DAD" embroidered on the back. Outfielders Justin Upton and Chris Young signed it for him.
More than 3,200 entries were submitted online for the contest, which is in its first year. The winners were selected by a celebrity panel of judges and by nearly 270,000 fan votes.