The Shortest Wait: The story of a World Series baby
Where did you watch Game 7 of the 2016 World Series?
It’s a question Cubs fans can answer in a heartbeat and there’s usually a story behind it.
But not many folks have a tale quite like the Diamond family.
While most fans were at a bar or at the house of a friend or loved one, the Diamonds were at Delnor Hospital in the western suburbs of Chicago.
Danielle and Mike Diamond welcomed their new daughter, Evelyn, to the world in early hours of Nov. 2, 2016. Danielle went into labor just before Game 6, beginning an intense 36 hours for the Diamond family.
“I’ll never forget the day of Game 6 when Dee went into delivery,” Mike said. “I was sitting at my desk at work and she called me and was like, ‘guess what — we’re gonna be watching the game from the hospital tonight.'”
Most Cubs fans had to wait a lifetime to see the team win a championship, but Evelyn needed less than 24 hours to enjoy her first big moment as a fan, taking in Game 7 while in the recovery room with her parents.
Throughout the thrilling winner-take-all game, nurses and hospital staff knew the Diamonds had the game on in their room, so they kept popping in and out to check the score and get an update.
“It was exhausting, but it was fun because it gave me something to distract me,” Danielle said.
Months before that fateful fall day, Mike knew something special was in the works — both for the Cubs and his family.
“I remember we were doing a group tour [of the hospital] with some other couples who were pregnant, too, and they’re like, ‘yeah, this is the labor room, the delivery room, the recovery room,'” Mike Diamond said. “And I was looking around and I go, ‘are those TVs hooked up to cable?’ And they’re like, ‘yeah, why?’ And I go, ‘because my daughter is going to be born the day the Cubs win the World Series.’ And everybody kinda just laughed and shrugged it off and that was probably in June that we did that.”
What’s next for the Diamond family?
“We plan on having our next baby when the Bears win the Super Bowl,” Mike said, “so that’s our next mission.”