On June 16, during a Pirates-Dodgers game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, NL MVP Andrew McCutchen hit a foul ball that looked like countless other foul balls hit this past season. This foul ball was different though. This foul ball apparently kick-started the labor of the pregnant fan who caught it.
"I told (my husband) that if one came my way I was ducking with my purse overhead," said the fan, Tiffany Gardone, to MLB.com. Her due date was still two weeks away and, in fact, she was at the doctor earlier that day and was told "no way I was close to having a baby anytime soon." And yet, at 11:36pm that night, young Jeremiah was born:
Tiffany said she began to feel cramping and having contractions after catching the foul ball, and "it got to the point where (she) was intermittently crying (due to pain) and laughing." Tiffany and her husband Micah left for the hospital in the eighth inning. Jason Grilli struck out Hanley Ramirez to nail down the 6-3 win a few minutes later.
The story came full circle last week, when Tiffany, Jeremiah and the whole family got a chance to meet McCutchen at the team's annual PiratesFest last week. He signed the foul ball, of course: