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It's a Girl
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Posted by jaygross
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You may have noticed that I haven't been posting messages on this blog or adding new features as often during the past 2-3 months or so. It's not that I haven't wanted to, but it's been quite busy in the Grossman household lately.

My wife and I found out at the end of last year that we were expecting our first child. Around that time, I made a big push to get a bunch of new features on SCN (like teams, enhanced player profiles, enhancing the message board, collector groups, a new chat, etc.).

Our baby girl was scheduled to come on August 26th, and we have been preparing for impending parenthood. She takes after her father in that she just can't wait for big things, and she came 2 weeks early.

So big things seem to happen to my Red Sox when big things happen to me. The day I got married 7/24/2004 was the day Jason Varitek smacked ARod in the face and Bill Mueller hit a homer off Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth for a huge comeback win. This win sparked the Sox to a great second half, they won the wildcard, came back from 3-0 down to beat the Yankees in the ALCS, and won their first World Series in 86 years.

So last night I was checking out the scores on my cell phone as my wife is getting ready. I see that rookie knuckleballer Charlie Zink is making his debut vs. Texas at Fenway and the Sox have a 12-2 in the 2nd inning. They scored 10 in the first highlighted by David Ortiz's 2 3-run homers. I figure the game is in the bag. 

I check back in an hour, and the score is now 14-10. I am in amazement that Zink got rocked for 8 runs and the bullpen is beginning to implode. I keep an eye on the score the next inning as Lopez, Aardsma, and Delcarmen blow the lead and Texas goes up 16-14.

Thank goodness for Hideki Okajima, as he stops the bleeding and gets 5 outs with no runs. In the bottom of the 8th, Pedroia get a big RBI to tie the game (he went 5 for 6 with 5 runs scored) and then Kevin Youkilis hits his second homer of the game to put them back up 19-16.

Papelbon comes in, gives up an unearned run (on Youk's second error of the game), and gets the save in a wild 19-17 win. A little extra stress for an anxious night for me, but I am happy for this big win.

As the night goes on, it appears the baby is going to come. After some fun and not so fun twists and turn (I'll leave out the details) my baby was born at 12:52 on August 13. She weighed 7 pounds and as 19.5 inches long. And thankfully, she looks a lot like her mother.

So I am beyond excited and happy. This is the greatest day of my life, without a doubt. There is no way to explain it, but it's just amazing.

I really appreciate everyone's support to this point and all of your patience over the next few weeks as my family adjusts to our new addition. With a second generation in the mix, it looks like we'll be committed to making SCN better for many years to come.



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