Adams' dream month continues with wife at Fan Cave
Infielder made his MLB debut with Yanks in May; Camille posts on her MLBlog
NEW YORK -- David and Camille Campins Adams have all summer to decide on the name of their son, who is due to enter this world on what could be Game 7 of the 109th World Series: Halloween.
Who knows what their life might be like at that point? Who knows if the Yankees or anyone in Major League Baseball will still be playing then? Who knows what their firstborn will look like?
"I hope he has her hair -- but my smarts," David said.
"I hope he has my athletic ability," Camille countered.
They could go on this way for hours. In fact, they do go on this way for hours. This is not just the story of a Yankees rookie, but the story of what could become a real "it" couple in Major League Baseball, depending on some obvious developments that are kind of on deck right now.
The couple met in eighth grade in Boca Raton, Fla., and wound up together Thursday at the MLB Fan Cave. He debuted in The Show with a hit on his birthday (May 15), then slugged his first homer off Freddy Garcia soon after in Baltimore. She is one of MLB.com's PRO bloggers, sure to announce the baby's name on her blog the way she announced on Mother's Day that they were expecting.
Now they are in the process of moving from an apartment into a Manhattan hotel, which just makes it logistically easier given the situation. Third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first baseman Mark Teixeira could be activated Friday for the Yankees' home series against Boston, and that could mean a temporary ticket back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for the Adamses. Or not. It's how the game is played.
"I try to be an optimistic person," David said. "For me, I try to focus on what I focus on and stay positive. I mean, I'm not gonna lie -- I've heard about it. They're coming back, Youkilis and Teixeira. Yeah, there's a little bit of pressure in there for me. But when I'm on the field, I can't put that pressure on myself, or it's just going to cause negative situations. I think dealing with pressure, you just have to stay positive and trust the hard work that I've put in and trust that the Lord has a plan for me. Ultimately, that's all I can do.
"Count your blessings and say, 'Thank you.'"
Entering the finale of the home-and-home Subway Series with the Mets, Adams had hit safely in 10 of his first 13 games. In fact, he was the first Yankee since Joe Buzas in 1945 to safely hit in 10 of his first 11 games. Adams' slash line was at .265/.280/.449 entering Thursday.
"It's been a dream come true, honestly," said Adams. "Statistically, numbers-wise right now, it's not great, but I think I still have a few at-bats. Anything could happen today -- I could go 4-for-4 and be hitting .300.
"It's been a whirlwind of emotions. Being called up on my birthday ... probably the best birthday gift anyone could ask for. Getting my first hit that night, then a home run a few nights later, then on top of everything finding out I'm having a baby boy, the last two weeks have just been breathtaking."
It is always news when the Yankees develop players who become key cogs in pinstripes, theirs a legacy of so much free-agent riches and major trades. Adams sees it as an "opportunity," citing the dawn of their most recent dynasty, when familiar core legends began.
"I've always been a firm believer that if you put up numbers consistently, you'll get an opportunity somewhere," Adams said. "I think the Yankees have proven that if you do that, they'll give you an opportunity. They did that 20 years ago with guys like Jeter, Mo, Andy Pettitte. You've seen it with guys who came up through the system and ended up being traded away, like Melky Cabrera.
"Robinson Cano is one. I mean, David Robertson. We have guys. It's just, [the Yankees'] standards are so high. Who knows, had we not had all the injuries we had this year, I might not have gotten the opportunity. Sometimes you have to take advantage of the situation."
Developed as a middle infielder, Adams has needed to quickly learn the basics at third.
"It's been an adjustment," Adams said. "I'm a firm believer in if you work hard enough and do the right things, good things will happen. That's my attitude. I work hard at it every day, and it's still a learning curve. I had a couple plays in Tampa Bay where I tried to rush plays over there. Balls are hit hard and I want to speed the game up, and I really need to slow the game down.
"It's always a learning curve, and if you're not learning something, you get complacent, and then you get passed by. I think it's always good to be learning something."
Just don't expect Adams to learn too many new things about himself on Camille's blog. He said he reserves an editor's right, and she goes along with that, to date. Hey, he was a runner-up in an elementary school spelling bee, and even taped a special Subway Series Spelling Bee video that will be released soon on MLBFanCave.com.
"He's a really good speller," Camille said.
David was a third-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Virginia. Camille comes from the well-known Campins real-estate family in South Florida, her older sister -- and Donald Trump protege -- Katrina Campins having been in the cast of the first season of TV's "The Apprentice."
"At times it's kind of hard," David said of Camille's blog, sighing. "I'm a pretty quiet, personal guy. So I try to tell her, 'Look, you've got to keep as much as you can between us.' But I understand that's what the blog's for. It's to share what's going on with the world. Especially nowadays -- everyone's interested. In the athletics industry, people want to know what it's like. But it's tough to draw the line sometimes, but I love it. She enjoys it, and whatever she enjoys, I'm happy for."