BRADENTON -- What would you name a baby boy born inside McKechnie Field during an open house for the Pittsburgh Pirates?
McKechnie, of course.
Latisha Kirk was recovering at Manatee Memorial Hospital on Wednesday after delivering McKechnie in a breezeway at the stadium Tuesday evening.
Trevor Gooby, the director of Florida Operations for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was by her side, helping Kirk to relax and recalling what he learned from Lamaze classes when his children were born.
Gooby noticed Kirk having difficulty shortly after she arrived at the open house. When it was evident the baby was on the way, staff called 911, but the baby would have none of it. “We had 10 minutes, 15, tops,” Gooby said.
Meanwhile, Gooby has been fielding calls from reporters from all over the area after the news of the event spread. He’ll be appearing on Good Day Tampa Bay on Fox-13 this morning. Plus, he’ll be interviewed on ESPN’s SportsCenter this evening. “It’s been wild,” he said.
Gooby and some staffers visited mom and baby Tuesday, bringing some Pirates and Bradenton Mauraders clothing, diapers, a Wal-Mart gift card and an honorary membership in the Mauraders’ Kids Club.
He reports mom and baby are doing well, although McKechnie, being born five weeks early, may be in the hospital a few days longer than normal.
“It was pretty neat,” said Gooby. I’ve never met a baby born in a stadium and never one named McKechnie. It’s pretty cool,” he said.