Dustin Pedroia Awaiting a Baby, Reveals Wife's Premature Labor

07/17/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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Premature labor can be terrifying, for both parents-to-be. Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia knows that better than anybody, having missed last Monday’s game against the Oakland A’s to be by wife Kelli‘s side after she began laboring at seven months pregnant. “It seems like everything’s OK,” Dustin revealed Wednesday. “I had to be there last night, obviously. It’s been tough.” The 25-year-old 2008 American League MVP adds,

“But she’ll be all right. She’s good. She’s a lot more together than I am, I can tell you that.”

Dustin feels particularly powerless over what has transpired. Noting that baby-on-the-way is the couple’s first child, he admits that he’s “learning on the fly.” Kelli’s premature labor “kind of happened real fast,” he shared. “I’m just glad she’s OK and the baby seems to be OK so we’ll wait and see. She’s probably going to be [in the hospital] a while, but we’ll get through it.”

“They’re giving her all this medicine, they gave her some shots to help the baby out so we’re trying to keep him in there for as long as possible. He probably wants a Red Bull or something.”

Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that there was never a question of whether Dustin would play. “He needed to be with Kelli, and she needed him,” Terry said. Once it became evident that Dustin was no longer needed at the hospital, however, Kelli was the first to encourage him to rejoin his team. Joking that he always does what he’s told, Dustin revealed that after their Tuesday game against the A’s he did return to his wife’s side. “It’s good I’m small,” he noted. “I slept in some little bed [at the hospital]. Hopefully she’ll be all right.”

Source: NESN

— Missy

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Maddy on

Best of luck to Dustin & Kelli. I’ve been thinking of them a lot! Hope that little peanut stays and “cooks” longer.

Jenna on

Pedroia the Destroyah! Best of Luck to Pedey. Kelli and the lil peanut!

Brooklyn on

I hope everything turns out alright for them! I liked his line about Red Bull! haha.

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My goodness, that has got to be a scary situation for them. I hope everything turns out alright and they have a happy healthy baby.

Emmaleigh on

I know Dustin and we graduated from the same highschool, Woodland high class of 2001. I hope that baby cooks awhile longer!

TV on

Huh, kind of interesting. Maybe Red Sox and MLB Network has it all wrong but last week they said Kelli Pedroia wasn’t due until the beginning of August. If that’s true then that makes her eight months pregnant not seven. Just something I remember reading as it scrolled across the screen while watching the All-Star Game batting practice before the Home Run Derby.

Tamara on

Premature labor is so scary because it happens so fast, and it puts the baby’s and mom’s life at risk. I’m glad Dustin and Kelli’s baby is okay! Cheers!

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