Chicago hospitals see spike in births after Cubs’ World Series win

Last fall, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years.  Nine months later, Chicago-area hospitals are seeing a baby boom, ABC News reports.

Dr. Melissa Dennis, vice chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center told ABC News, “The number of births nearly doubled in the last few weeks, from an average of five births per day to nine.”


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Dennis told the Chicago Tribune those babies’ due dates could have fallen on July 26, 38 weeks after Game 7.

Cubs fans Natalie and Joe Pelnar told ABC News they named their son Addison for Wrigley Fields cross streets, Clark and Addison.  They said they conceived him on the day the Cubs made it to the World Series.

“We had just gotten married, so we said, ‘We’ll try this one time,'” Natalie Pelnar said.

Dave and Erin Hettinger named their child, Theo, after the Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, CBS News reports.

Erin Hettinger said Theo was conceived the night the Cubs won the World Series, “We had a lot of luck on our side and just the right amount of champagne.”

The Tribune reported that a 2013 study by the BMJ concluded that the heightened euphoria after a sports victory can spur sensations that lead to intimate celebrations, and, in turn, unplanned pregnancies.

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Is it still an All-Star parade in Miami if nobody shows up?

For those who say Miami is not a baseball town, the tens of, well, handfuls of fans who attended Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game Parade down Biscayne Boulevard would disagree.

And handfuls is being generous.

Mega-stars like Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge see more people preparing their pre-game meals than the number of fans who attended the parade.

The word “sparse” was specifically created to describe the attendance.

As the players from the American League and National League teams made their way down the red-carpeted road, they did so in front of large gaps along the rails.

The lack of interest was so profound, employees at the American Airlines Arena were told to take a longer lunch break so they could beef up the number of fans along the route.

Kids were also bussed in from local camps.

Many on Local 10’s Facebook page mocked the parade, most saying they never knew it was happening.

“I didn’t know about the parade, would’ve definitely taken the kids,” said Carmen Angel Gutierrez.

Katherine Thunem was not as kind, posting, “LMAO, leave it to Miami people for this “parade” to be DEAD!”

While Frederick John McConnell put it simply, “Worst parade I’ve ever seen.”

The empty parade route comes hours before the All-Star Game in which tickets still remain, an almost unheard of occurrance.

Maybe it’s time to pull out those DVD’s of the Miami Heat championship parades to see what a Biscayne Boulevard party really looks like.

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Report: Mas to bid ‘around $1.17 billion’ for Marlins

Despite wanting $1.3 billion for his baseball team, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria could be taking a bit less.

Fox Business reports Miami businessman Jorge Mas has the “inside track” for the team with a bid around $1.17 billion.

Major League Baseball had hoped to seal a deal to sell the Marlins by tomorrow night’s All-Star Game at Marlins Park.

Derek Jeter and Tagg Romney, son of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, were considered to be early front runners to be the team’s new owners.

But despite reports that the Yankees legend had failed to come up with the necessary funds and that Romney had dropped out of the bidding, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday that all three bidders have met Loria’s asking price.

It is not known if Loria has dropped his asking price or if bidders have met the $1.3 billion the current owner desires.

#BreakingNews – billionaire Jorge Mas has inside track on @Marlins sale his bid around $1.17b not a done deal – sources more @FoxBusiness

— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) July 10, 2017

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Zumba creator Beto Perez hosts party ahead of MLB All-Star Game

The music was blasting Sunday morning and the Zumba dance party was underway at Bayfront Park.

The party was a part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star FanFest  weekend, which leads up to the All-Star Game that will be played Tuesday night at Marlins Park. 

Zumba enthusiasts  enjoyed a 90-minute workout session that was led by Zumba creator Beto Perez. 

Latin Grammy award-winning reggaeton star  Don Omar also performed  his greatest hits, such as “Danza Corduro.”

He said he was excited about taking part in the event.


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Marlins’ Volquez follows no-hitter with 7 scoreless innings

Edinson Volquez followed his no-hitter by pitching seven scoreless innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday night.

Volquez (3-7) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked two while winning his third straight start. He helped the Marlins win for the ninth time in 12 games and raised his career record to 4-0 against the Pirates, a team he pitched for in 2013.

Volquez has allowed only one run in 22 innings during his streak, including a no-hitter last Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the first of his 13-year career. He was winless in his first nine starts after being signed to a two-year, $22-million contract in the offseason to help fill the void left by the death of ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident last September.

Derek Dietrich and Christian Yelich both had three hits, including two doubles, for the Marlins and J.T. Realmuto and Tyler Moore added two hits each.

Volquez’s bid to become the second pitcher in baseball history to throw back-to-back no-hitters ended just two batters into Thursday night’s game when Josh Harrison had a bunt single down the third-base line.

Johnny Vander Meer remains the only pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters, doing so in 1938 for the Cincinnati Reds.

Harrison doubled in the sixth to end a string of 12 straight batters retired by Volquez.

The Pirates, who lost their third straight, avoided a shutout in the ninth inning when Josh Bell had a run-scoring groundout.

Gerrit Cole (3-6) was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings as his struggles continued. He is 1-2 with a 10.73 ERA in his four starts, giving up 23 runs and 39 hits in 19 1/3 innings.

Dietrich capped a three-run first inning with a two-run double. The Marlins chased Cole in the fifth with five consecutive two-out singles that produced three runs and increased the lead to 7-0.


Pirates manager Clint Hurdle wasn’t ready to say whether Tony Watson will remain the closer after the left-hander blew ninth-inning leads both Tuesday and Wednesday in losses at Baltimore. Watson has allowed multiple earned runs in five of last 10 appearances, raising his ERA to 4.44 from 1.92.


The Pirates recalled right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple-A Indianapolis. Righty Johnny Barbato was optioned to the same club.

Neverauskas became the first Lithuanian-born pitcher to appear in a major league game April 24 when he worked one inning against the Chicago Cubs.


Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (right shoulder bursitis) made his first rehab start Thursday since going on the DL on May 17, pitching four innings for high Class A Jupiter and giving up three runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks. . LHP Justin Nicolino (left finger contusion) is scheduled to make a rehab start June 13 for a team to be determined then rejoin the rotation.

Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (testicular cancer) will have his next step determined Friday. Taillon made his third rehab start Wednesday, pitching six innings for Indianapolis and allowing five runs.


Marlins RHP Vance Worley (0-2, 6.59 ERA) will pitch Friday night against Pirates rookie RHP Tyler Glasnow (2-5, 6.97). Worley has worked just a combined 12 2/3 innings in his three starts since being called up May 20 from Triple-A New Orleans. Glasnow has lost his last two outings, allowing nine runs in 10 innings.


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