Andrew McCutchen’s home runs induce paroxysms of joy in Pirates fans. And his foul balls occasionally induce labor.
Tiffany Gardone was two weeks away from her due date when she and her husband Micah attended a game at PNC Park last June. Her main concern, being a pregnant lady, was how to protect herself and her unborn should any line drives come screaming her way.
“I told Micah that if one came my way I was ducking with my purse overhead,” Gardone explained.
But you know how your instincts can sometimes overwhelm your common sense? That happened to Gardone. Andrew McCutchen hit a foul ball in her direction and instead of ducking behind her protective shield/purse, she attempted to field the ball on the carom.
Her husband Micah wasn’t there to stop her. He was busy taking a bathroom break.
Pregnant Tiffany played the ball off the railing, making the snag. Then it happened. In her excitement over grabbing the foul ball, she began having contractions.
Despite the early signs of labor, the couple stayed at the park for two more innings. Hey they paid for their tickets. Nature can wait.
Eventually the pain got too much for Tiffany and she relented, heading for the hospital. The Gardones’ child, Jeremiah, was born later that night.
And he will have a heck of a story to tell when he grows up. Not to mention the nice souvenir baseball, signed by Andrew McCutchen.
Cute story. But seriously people. Go to the hospital right away. Don’t stay at the game while you’re going into labor. Not wise.