Street ready to go after third son is born
After making sure his family was OK, closer arrives prepared to pitch
ANAHEIM -- At 11 a.m. PT on Wednesday, Huston Street was in the hospital, watching his third son, Rafe, being born. By 3 p.m., he was warming up in the Angels' bullpen.
After his wife, Lacey, helped him through the ordeal -- as Street jokingly tweeted earlier in the day -- the Angels' closer shot over to Angel Stadium. He got there around the fifth inning of the Angels' 4-3 walk-off win over the Indians, in plenty of time to get through his preparatory routine.
"Unbelievable," Street said after the game. "Blessing everybody's healthy. That's the most important thing on my side of things, and get to come to the yard while everybody's recovering and sleeping and see the boys walk off with a win. Easily one of the best days of my life."
Street almost pitched, too; if the Angels had gone into extra innings, he might well have been the one getting the ball in the 10th.
"I think it shows a lot about Huston," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He was up for the lion's share of the night, welcomed his son into the world late morning, came, took a shower, said, 'I'm ready to go.' And he was ready to pitch that 10th inning if we needed him."
Street wanted to be there. The Angels' bullpen has been stretched thin over the past few games -- and past couple of weeks, really -- and Street is one of the freshest arms. Lacey told him, "Listen, we're all gonna be sleeping," and gave him the go-ahead.
First, of course, he made sure Lacey was settled into her bed in her suite, and that Rafe was down for a nap. Then it was the usual day at the office for Street.
"It was a decision that I made sure to clear with my family," Street said. "The most important person today was my wife -- and my son."
The newest Street's two brothers, Ripken and Ryder, frequently show up at the ballpark with Lacey and hang out in the Angels' clubhouse. They even made a guest appearance at the press conference following Street's 300th career save. In a couple of years, maybe, Rafe will be joining them, rocking his own customized mini-Street jersey just like his older siblings.
"She's a part of the team too, you know," Street said. "Everybody in here could tell you that their family is just as much a part of the team as the teammates are. I was thankful that she let me come and try to help the team win."