Wigginton, wife have morning they will never forget
Devil Rays infielder Ty Wigginton really stepped up to the plate in late December.
According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, Wigginton's wife, Angela, went into intense labor two weeks early. Against the clock, Ty was forced to deliver the baby in the bedroom closet of the their new North Carolina home.
Talk about clutch.
"He was out in less than a minute," Ty told the Times. "One or two pushes, and he was ready to see the world."
The birth wasn't quite as easy as Ty makes it seem. According to the Times, Ty listened to step-by-step instructions from the 911 operator as the couple's 3-year-old son Chase screamed, "Is Mommy o-tay?" With the healthy baby safely out, Ty handed Angela the phone so he could tie the umbilical cord with his shoelace.
"I think adrenaline took over. It's kind of all a blur," Ty told the newspaper. "It was unbelievable."
Angela echoed those sentiments.
"It was one of those things," she told the Times. "I certainly never expected to have a baby in the master bedroom closet of my house."
Angela first experienced contractions early the morning of Dec. 20. Ater much debate over whether it was time, the Wiggintons started making final preparations before heading to the hospital. According to the Times, this included tending to a flu-ridden Chase.
"About 6 o'clock she's in the closet trying to get dressed, and I'm getting our son ready to go out the door and she yells, 'We're having this baby now,'" Ty told the paper.
"I think she's kidding. Then I come around the corner and sure enough. ... I call 911 and told them to get somebody over there. And like a minute later, I'm holding the baby in my arms."
Then they simply waited for the paramedics.
"The baby came out and he looked great," Ty said. "The scary part was that he never really cried until the EMTs got there, but he was breathing. His tongue was moving in and out of his mouth. I could feel his heart beating. They just told me to keep wiping his nose and mouth and keep him wrapped in a towel."
The Wiggintons' newest addition weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 18 inches. And in a fitting ending, they named him Cannon.