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First baby born in Chicago in 2017 was named “Wrigley”

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Fun fact: I know someone who says that when her mother was in labor, a couple of hours before midnight on December 31 one year, the doctors approached her and asked if she wanted them to slow the process down in an effort to have the baby born after midnight. “You’d make the news!” someone allegedly told her. Like most mothers, however, her response was a polite version of “GET THIS THING OUT OF ME RIGHT NOW, MY GOD, HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY ASK ME TO PROLONG THIS?!” I’m not 100% sure if that really happened — she claims it’s true — but it’s one of those things that is too good to check.

What is 100% verified, however, is that the first baby born in Chicago in 2017 will be notable for its name. We learn this from the Chicago Tribune (via Mike Oz at Yahoo):

Wrigley Rose wasn’t supposed to arrive for another few weeks, but she came into this world with two distinctions: a World Series-worthy name and the (unofficial) honor of being the first baby born in a Chicago-area hospital on New Year’s Day. After a short labor, Ellen Dalbey delivered Wrigley at 12:12 a.m. at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. She weighs just under 6 pounds and has a bit of blondish hair, her dad, Aaron Dalbey, said. She will go home in a Cubs-colored car seat to a pink nursery.

Oh well, whatever floats their boat. I named my kids after some dead grandparents, and in the grand scheme of things, is that any less weird?

OK, maybe it’s less weird. And it could’ve been worse. Could’ve been “Maddon” Or “Arolids.” Or they could’ve been White Sox fans and the baby could’ve been named Guaranteed Rate Dalbey.

Red Sox to extend protective netting at Fenway Park in 2018

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The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”

Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.

After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.