Posted at 7:18 PM on April 23, 2006
by Josh Lee
If you didn't know that Shannon Stewart's wife gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday, you can probably be forgiven. After all, it was a pretty busy week for blessed events: Brooke Shields had a girl of her own on Tuesday, her second. Even that event, however was dwarfed by the news of another celebrity birth in the same hospital, that of Suri Cruise, who will have to forever put up with being referred to as "TomKitten."
Luckily, Stewart's daughter probably won't suffer a lifetime of being trailed by paparazzi and Gawker Stalkers, the way that Tom Cruise's kid will. However, like the rest of us, she will have to live in a world that waits with bated breath for the oncoming birth of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's baby, which will undoubtedly blind us all with its perfect, perfect, genes.
For Shannon, though, this weekend was doubly sweet. Not only did he get to spend it with his wife and newborn child, but he got to miss out on a complete waste of a Twins series against the White Sox. It's not like having him with the team would have made any difference, either: He would have just spent the entire time languishing on the basepaths, waiting for Godot to hit him in, or in the field, watching Minnesota's pitchers give up oodles of homers.