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Ben Zobrist’s pregnant wife: Stay at World Series if I go into labor


Kansas City Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist has received clearance from his very pregnant wife, musician Julianna, to remain playing in the World Series should she go into labor.

“She said, ‘You better hit a home run,’” Zobrist joked before the Royals’ 7-1 Game 2 victory, via the New York Post. “She already kind of let me know, if we’re in the middle of a game, she’s probably not going to tell me what’s going on, and that’s fine, I trust her and trust our family members around her.”

Julianna Zobrist is due to give birth to the couple’s third child on Nov. 10, six days after a divisive Game 7 would be played. The Zobrists of course understand that a due date is a mere estimate and the little bundle of joy could arrive well before he or she is expected to greet the world.

Zobrist credits his wife for allowing him to keep his eye on the prize, although he apparently — and understandably will leave any game no matter its importance should complications develop.

“It’s just a matter of I can only focus on one thing at a time anyway. She knows that. I’m one-tracked-minded,” he said.

Julianna took to Twitter earlier this week to show she’s keeping a good sense of humor about everything.

With the Royals up 2-0 and heading to Citi Field for Games 3, 4 and 5, perhaps Zobrist and his teammates can proactively eliminate any potential close calls and finish up business before the teams are set to return to the friendly confines of Kauffman Stadium for Games 6 and 7. And even if they cannot do that, at least Zobrist presumably will be closer to his wife in Kansas City should issues develop.

Either way, don’t count on the Mets to cooperate one bit with the timing of the Zobrist’s impending baby arrival.

(image via Julianna Zobrist/Instagram)