New Red Sox infielder celebrates amazing life moment ahead of debut
While Red Sox Nation was counting down the hours until the debut of Trevor Story with the club, we’re going to have to add some more time to the clock. Boston’s new second baseman was scheduled to make his spring training debut tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Rays, something a little more important came up, the birth of his first child.
I’ll gladly count myself in the group that was anxious as hell to see Story finally don that Red Sox uniform and get some cracks in the batter’s box, but this is far more important in the grand scheme of things. I’ll admit I’m not a parent, but as an uncle several times over, I know to a degree how amazing it is to welcome a new life into this world.
Ian Browne of MLB.com and The Boston Herald’s Steve Hewitt reported earlier today that the infielder left camp early this morning in order to make it to his wife’s side for the birth. Red Sox skipper Alex Cora spoke about his new second baseman leaving camp and made sure that everyone knew that baseball was the least of everyone’s worries in regards to the Story family.
"“Now we’re just hoping that everything goes well and he gets there on time and we’ll see,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “He went home this morning. So now it’s just waiting to see if everything goes well and then we’ll decide when he comes back and all that.”"
This isn’t the first player to leave the team in order to welcome a new member to their family and if anyone understands, it’s AC. Cora is a father and knows very well how important family is and how it supersedes everything in the big picture of life. I’ll say it now and probably again later, I hope for nothing but positivity and blessings for the Story family as they welcome their first child into the world.
As Cora continued to talk to the media he spoke about the overall week that Trevor had in regards to his career in life. Not only are he and his wife adding to their family but he signed a pretty sweet 6-year/$140M contract with the Red Sox. A deal that almost didn’t happen but some last-minute changes opened the door for him to come to Boston.
In due time, he’ll finally put that Red Sox jersey on in a game but for now, it’s all about the family. He’s already gotten to spend some time with his teammates and get to at least break the ice with his new club. Everything else will fall into place when the time is right. With a clubhouse full of dads, I guarantee they probably helped him pack his bags and catch the flight back home.
"“Right now, I think baseball is on the back burner,” Cora said. “What a week, what a week.”"
The Red Sox will continue through spring training with or without the former Rockie though he is very much factored into their gameplan, obviously. For the time being, it’s all about Trevor, his wife Mallie, and their new baby. He’ll get his reps in when he’s ready to come back and I have no doubts that he’ll be a big player for Boston in 2022 and beyond.
Once again, congratulations to the Story family on your new addition and all of Red Sox Nation is hoping for nothing but the best!