scared baby[Yes, I am the awful husband who is working while his wife labors. Actually, she’s resting quite comfortably right now as things progress, and I’ve been granted full permission to update you on both her status, and Starlin Castro’s injury. Thanks for all of the kind words and well-wishes so far.]

Today’s Spring Training game between the Cubs and Dodgers is taking nearly as long as The Wife’s labor (no, but seriously, she’s a boss, and things are going very well so far), which is not, itself, noteworthy enough to draw me to the computer right now.

Starlin Castro leaving the game after coming up lame, however, is. Apparently Castro’s hamstring tightened up on him as he ran out a grounder, and he was immediately removed from the game. The training staff has been evaluating him, and it tentatively doesn’t sound terribly serious, but, well, paranoia.

You can imagine that Castro will see some time off, and it’s good that this happened earlier in Spring Training, rather than later. Hopefully it’s just a day-to-day, minor issue, and not a “mild” strain that keeps him out for a mysteriously long time. We’ll keep an eye on it, though this may be the last you hear from me for a little while.

  • Dude

    Either you have the coolest wife ever or she’s already loopy from the epidural.

    • Brett

      Can’t it be both?

      (She’s actually resting now, so there isn’t much I can do. I am at her beck and call, however.)

      • J Wilson

        DON’T LOOK DOWN Brett. If you haven’t been told that already by your friends who have had kids, trust me, it’s valuable advice.

        • Whiteflag

          He probably learned that when the little girl arrived.

        • Cubbie Blues

          I disagree. I quite enjoyed watching my wife’s Cesarean. I even took photos.

          • Edwin


            • Cubbie Blues

              So, you don’t want to see the pics then?

              • J Wilson

                Haha I respect the humor, nice work.

  • Alex

    Gotta appreciate the dedication

  • sperls13

    I, too, totally respect the hard work and commitment.
    And, I love the “granted full permission” line. :)


  • Kansas Cubs Fan

    Almost had a heart attack when I read this on twitter.

    • ichabod

      bark twice if your in Milwaukee.

      • Castro 13


  • ramy16

    You and me both Kansas Cub! The good thing is we have options at SS! Lake,Baez..and even Barney can play SS

    • PKJ

      Neither Lake nor Baez are an option. Lillibridge would probably be the fill-in.

  • florida Al

    you go brett…and congrats especially to your wife ..for putting up with you and on the birth…hope the delievery goes swimmingly..babies are the cats pajamas..

  • Vulcan

    Congrats, Brett.

  • davidalanu

    Congrats and blessings to you and your family.

  • King Jeff

    Congrats to the Taylor family.

    Troll Sullivan is reporting that Castro has no pull, is day to day, and was working out in the weight room after the game. Good news, hopefully.

  • JulioZuleta

    This is a bad omen if you were considering the name “Starlin”

    • JulioZuleta

      Let me rephrase, bad omen for naming him Starlin.

      • fromthemitten

        Though now that Garza is cleared to resume throwing “Garza” as a name would be the cat’s pajamas

  • TWC

    The Cubs haven’t won a game since your wife went into labor, Ace! What the damn hell?!

    • Marc N.

      Wait wait wait, Brett Taylor = AceCubbie?

      • Brett

        In another life…

      • Hansman1982

        Brett doesn’t want his super-ego to get out, but ya.

  • Chad

    Congrats, Brett. I hope everything goes well.

  • Marc N.

    Glad it’s “only” a hamstring. Also a little proud of myself that my first reaction wasn’t to crap my pants and assume it was a killer injury.

  • swaz46

    Thoughts and prayers for a safe birth are heading your way, Brett. Having a boy to mold into a Cubs fan is one of the joys of my life…you’re in for some fun days ahead.

  • Sam

    Best of luck to both of you, Brett! A new Cub fan is on the way!!!

  • August

    Congrats, Brett! Are the names “Clark” or “Addison” on the baby-name list?

    • Dan

      My daughter is 5 now but her middle name is Addison Grace. Both my kids have 2 middle names just so you know.

  • Hee Seop Chode

    Aaaaaand this is why I love this site. Starlin Castro pulled hamstring urgency > wife labor

  • ramy16

    Congrats Brett!

  • North Side Irish

    Go tell The Wife about Castro’s injury and tell her that you cant imagine a worse pain than walking on an injured hamstring. It must be so uncomfortable for him to deal with tonight…

  • Caleb

    Who comes back first: the Wife or Castro? I have my money on Mrs. T.

    Congrats, buddy.

  • Don

    Congrats Brett!! Another Cub fan is born!

  • Cubs1967

    Injuries to Castro or Rizzo and this teams loses 101 games again!

    • DarthHater


  • cas-castro

    funny thing. My wife was at the hospital today for some tests for the twin boys we are expecting and she started having contractions. Our boys are not coming yet but it would have been funny if they were. Our only child was born today 6 years ago…we aren’t due for another 3 or 4 weeks but you know how these things can be. good luck with the second and congrats!

  • Jp3

    Congrats Brett!!! Looks like soler is no longer a prospect… Washed up already… Just kidding of course but with Castro off for a while Baez will prob get a few starts off someone that “will be bagging groceries in a couple weeks” but will be great to hear the fodder when he’s hitting over .400 during that span..

  • Curt

    Quite the dedication Brett, I’m sure yr both thrilled with the pending arrival as are all if us bn,ers hopefully if all happens real soon for yrself and wife congrats early

  • Tom A.

    Congrats to the new Daddy ! That will be your most important and best job in your entire life.

  • Die hard

    Good news is that Cubs have a player on MLB top 100—Castro #97……bad news is they have only one

    • King Jeff

      I just watched that a few hours ago. Castro is number 52, in front of Derek Jeter, Bryce Harper, Jason Heyward, and Chase Headley.