Jacob deGrom is one of the New York Mets' top starting pitchers, and figures to be an integral part of the team's National League East title defense. Manager Terry Collins has him slated to pitch the Mets' home opener on Friday -- but deGrom may skip the game all together. Because family comes first.
deGrom's wife Stacey is nine months pregnant, and the baby's due date was Tuesday. They didn't expect to be kept waiting this long, but the 27-year-old ace knows that pitching one game for the Mets isn't worth missing the birth of his first child.
He's still with the team, as it just finished up a two-game series in Kansas City to open the season, and now flies back to New York for a home series that opens Friday afternoon. The Mets have Wednesday and Thursday off, but should his wife go into labor anywhere close to game time, deGrom will be flying home to Florida.
"I've had my phone on me a little more than I normally do," deGrom said, via MLB.com. "I'm excited. I'm just waiting to see what happens."
If deGrom isn't available to pitch Friday, New York will call on either Bartolo Colon or Steven Matz.
The Mets experienced a similar scenario with one of their pitchers last July, when Jon Niese debated skipping his July 24 start to fly home and join his pregnant wife in Ohio. He opted to make the start, only to learn that Leah went into labor during the game.
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