Oh baby! Cameron back in business
Outfielder sees newborn daughter, comes up big in victory
MILWAUKEE -- CC Sabathia is apparently not the only Brewer who can work on short rest.Center fielder Mike Cameron played a key role in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Saturday after two sleep-deprived nights and an unexpected trip home to Atlanta, where his wife, LaBreka, underwent an emergency C-section on Friday.
He appeared no worse for the wear. Cameron reached base safely four times and scored two Brewers runs in their 4-1 win over the Phillies, cutting Milwaukee's deficit in the best-of-five series to 2-1."Turned out it was a good day," Cameron said. Two good days. Doctors delivered a healthy baby girl, Lilo, at about 2:54 p.m. ET on Friday, minutes before a flight chartered by Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio carried Cameron into Atlanta. After getting news that mother and daughter -- 4 pounds, 13 ounces and 17 inches long, just for the record -- were in good health, Cameron did not mind that he missed the moment of birth. LaBreka Cameron was not due to give birth until the first week of November. "I have no idea why it happened so early, but it did and it's a blessing," Mike Cameron said Saturday before Game 3. "I'm in awe about it a little bit." The Camerons have three other children: a daughter, T'aja, and sons Dazmon and Mekhi. The three older kids had a say in choosing Lilo's name, then traveled with Dad back to Milwaukee to give Mom an opportunity to rest. That little Lilo chose to enter the world Friday came as a stroke of luck for the Brewers, who had an off-day after falling behind the Phillies in the series, two games to none. Had Cameron been forced to leave the team on a game day, the Brewers either would have had to play a man short or replace him on the NLDS roster with another player, leaving Cameron ineligible for a potential National League Championship Series. In the regular season, players can be placed on the bereavement list in the event of a family emergency. There is no such thing in the postseason.
CAMERON HEATS UP
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Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.