Congratulations to Maria and
It is customary in this day and age for a player to take a day or two off to be with his wife and new baby, so backup catcher
Wieters has been the hardest-working catcher in the
He probably feels like he just played back-to-back extra-inning games and then flew coast-to-coast overnight to face the Red Sox. Oh, sorry, that was last week.
Of course, we haven’t always lived in such a family-friendly sports world. Prior to the 1990s, it was unusual for a player to leave his team for the birth of a child, and I was once present for a telling conversation on that subject with
It had just been reported to him that a key player on the other team had been scratched from the lineup so he could go home to be with his wife for the birth of a child, so somebody asked Lasorda if he would allow one of his players to leave the team under similar circumstances.