07/11/08 8:46 PM ET
Hart sees fun, no harm in celebration
Brewers outfielders doused while holding his daughter
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
"She's fine; she's perfect," Hart said of his daughter, Ryleigh. "I went and got her a popsicle, and she was great."Hart did not know he was walking into a press conference when he led young Ryleigh and 3-year-old son Matthew into the media interview room. He thought a Brewers official was looking for a quiet place to tell Hart whether or not he had won the Final Vote. Instead, Hart walked in on a room full of reporters. Manager Ned Yost knew that if club officials led Hart in, it meant Hart had won a spot on the All-Star team, so Yost delivered the news. "If I had known it was a press conference, I would not have taken my kids in there," Hart said. While Hart sat down and began answering questions, Yost returned to the clubhouse, where he told the rest of the team that Hart had made the All-Star squad. That's when players, who were unaware that Hart's kids had joined him in the interview room, plotted their beer bath, a common celebration for individual milestones. "The cool thing about that was it wasn't staged or anything," Yost said. "That was pure emotion. ... I went and told the players, and they just erupted. They went into a frenzy, they were so excited for him. They were looking all over for him and I said, 'No, he's doing interviews.' I didn't think anything of it. Then, man, they broke the door down to get to him." Hart appreciated the outburst. "I had them pulling for me, too," he said. "It was good. I'd come in the clubhouse and I'd have three or four guys voting for me every day."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.