The early arrival of one Jeremy Abraham Hernandez three days ago has paid a dividend to the Seattle Mariners.
They get an extra two days with his father, Felix Hernandez.
"I was going to leave for the World Baseball Classic today, but I'm not going now until Tuesday," Hernandez said. "I want to stay a bit longer with my family."
The Mariners didn't waste a moment of their newfound time. Felix will likely pitch at least one inning Monday against the Chicago White Sox, making his second spring appearance.
The young Hernandez and mother Sandra, are doing well. Their father seems overjoyed, if a bit awed.
"I was there for the delivery," he said. "Wow."