LIBERTY, Mo. — Stephanie and Jason Hetherington showed up early to soak up the atmosphere at Kauffman Stadium before Game 1.
They persuaded a friend who is a St. Louis Cardinals fan to sell his tickets to them.
So with great anticipation, they headed to the K to watch the Royals take on the Giants. They enjoyed watching batting practice and the crews getting the field ready for first pitch.
“Hopefully she stays in there long enough for us to enjoy the game,” Stephanie Hetherington reflected on her thoughts before the game. “Didn’t happen for us though.”
That’s because babies come into the world when they are ready even if the parents are headed to their upper-level seats.
“Let’s go grab one last snack and get settled in for the game,” Jason Hetherington said. “By the time we worked our way back to our seat, she was like, ‘I gotta go.'”
Stephanie Hetherington knew baby Ali was ready to make her appearance even if her parents were looking forward to first pitch.
“My water broke,” she said.
And, yes, she was surprised because she wasn’t due for another week.
Since Ali’s big sisters, 4-year-old Jada and 2-year-old Reese, took more than a few innings to make their appearance, Stephanie Hetherington considered staying for the opening innings.
“I thought I would just labor at the game for a while because I wasn’t really contracting you know? My water just broke,” Stephanie Hetherington said.
But her daughter convinced her to head for the exits.
“I found an usher at the K and said, ‘My wife’s going into labor can we get a ride to our car?’ I think I kind of freaked her out, and I was like ‘No, she’s not going to have it here,'” Jason Hetherington said.
The couple said the University of Kansas Hospital medical staff was super in assisting them and getting them to their car parked outside Arrowhead Stadium.
They made their way to Liberty Hospital and watched the game from the delivery room. Ali Frances was born before midnight Tuesday. She weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces.
They wouldn’t change anything except the final score at the K where the Royals lost.
“At least we got away with a win last night, hopefully the boys in blue can come away with a win tonight for us,” Stephanie Hetherington said.