Liberty, MO (KCTV) — Tuesday, September 30th was a night to remember for the Kansas City Royals after they won the American League wild-card game and apparently it was also a special night for a “Royal baby.”
The Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings. Playing in front of their own fans, the boys in blue scored twice in the bottom of the 12th to get the win.
Jay and Heather Speer often take their children to baseball games and really wanted to go to the wild-card game. However, being only a week out from their due date, the Excelsior Springs couple decided they shouldn’t chance it.
“We were scheduled to go in (Wednesday) afternoon to the OB for a checkup and to get possibly induced,” Jay Speer said.
But the Royals game changed all those plans.
With all the screaming and cheering as the family was watching the game, Heather Speer got excited. And that excitement sparked labor pains.
Heather Speer posted to Facebook at 11:12 p.m. that she thinks the game made her go into labor – and it did. She and her husband waited to go to the hospital until 3:45 a.m.
Breckin William-Hosmer Speer was born at 5:09 a.m. Wednesday at Liberty Hospital.
“As a family, we were super excited. I was 10 and Heather was 5 the last time the Royals made the playoffs. So to share that excitement all year and last night with our kids was special,” Jay Speer said.
The family said their favorite Royals player is first baseman Eric Hosmer, so they decided to honor that in Breckin’s middle name.
“Our friends were weighing in on Facebook for middle names with Salvy or Royal, but Hosmer is the one we decided,” Jay Speer said.
Eric Hosmer played an amazing game for the Royals on Tuesday and played a key role in leading them to victory.
The Speer’s delivery doctor was even at the game and stayed to celebrate with the fans but had to be called in to deliver the newborn.
“No doubt our family will be yelling tomorrow night while we are still in the hospital watching the Royals game,” Jay Speer said.
Kansas City will now face the Los Angles Angels in Anaheim, CA, in the opening game of the American League divisional playoff series.
The family hopes maybe they can take Breckin to see the Royals beat the Angels in Kansas City on Sunday in Game 3 or possibly Game 4.
The couple also has a 10-year-old daughter named Brooklyn and an 8-year-old son named Brady.