“Ty Wigginton Performs Under Pressure”

You’ll hear the words “performs under pressure” bandied about to describe many players in baseball, usually in the context of a baseball game. For newly-acquired utilityman Ty Wigginton, it means a lot more. This article from the St. Petersburg Times, circa 2007, describes a real-life pressure situation in which Wigginton quite literally delivered.

When his wife, Angela, went into intense labor two weeks early, Ty ended up delivering their son in the bedroom closet of their new North Carolina home.

“He was out in less than a minute,” Ty said Friday. “One or two pushes, and he was ready to see the world.”

The baby was healthy. The delivery, given the circumstances, was smooth. But it was not without drama. And some chaos.

Angela lying on the floor of the walk-in closet. Their 3-year-old son, Chase, sick and scared, locked in the adjacent bedroom, screaming, “Is Mommy o-tay?” Ty getting step-by-step instructions from a 911 operator, then having to give Angela the phone so he could have both hands free to tie the umbilical cord with a lace he took out of his shoe.

“I think adrenaline took over. It’s kind of all a blur,” Ty said. “It was unbelievable.”

Ty Wigginton. Clutch. But not that kind of clutch.

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  1. Phillie697

    November 22, 2011 09:26 AM

    Are you trolling your own columns now, BB? LOL

  2. hk

    November 22, 2011 09:50 AM

    With that dWAR, the baby was lucky he didn’t drop it.

  3. LTG

    November 22, 2011 10:21 AM

    Soft hands but no range; so, it’s a good thing the baby wasn’t a little to his right.

  4. hk

    November 22, 2011 10:31 AM

    Maybe Ty’s lack of range is why they delivered the baby in a closet. If so, kudos to the wife for the scouting report.

  5. Phillie697

    November 22, 2011 11:17 AM

    With that wOBA, I’m surprised he actually had a baby.

    Sorry, that was the best I can do with his lack of hitting ability.

  6. hk

    November 22, 2011 12:44 PM

    Good effort. Batting average (hit or miss) probably would have worked better.

  7. Maestrobe

    November 22, 2011 02:35 PM

    Headline clearly should be “Ty Wigginton Delivers Under Pressure.”

  8. LTG

    November 22, 2011 04:14 PM

    Perhaps: With that OBP, I’m surprised he has a wife let alone a baby. BAM!

  9. Phillie697

    November 22, 2011 07:40 PM

    @LTG,

    Well, it depends on if he’s trying to score against righties or lefties…

  10. Frank K

    November 24, 2011 07:19 AM

    Like that great Todd Zeile acquistion by the Phils back in the Dark Ages, Ty covers an area at third base the size of a postage stamp and he can hit a solid .250 while “delivering” some longballs in between the strikeout parade. Since they also want Raul to come back I think it’s time for a new summer hobby for me. The Phillies are going to be too hard to watch.

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