Rays outfielder Sam Fuld is known for his spectacular diving catches. Some have called him "Super Sam," but Charlie and Jane call him "Daddy."
Charlie is 3, Jane is 18 months, and Sam and his wife Sarah are expecting another.
Fuld is just one of the Rays getting the hang of fatherhood. Charlie has a little blue mitt that he says is from "Evan" -- better known to the rest of us as superstar third baseman Evan Longoria.
"[Longoria] came in the other day and said, 'This is the first day I feel like the dad of a newborn,'" Fuld recalled. "I just chuckled because I know that feeling."
Longoria became a new dad a few months ago. A team known for its youth is coming of age.
"It's amazing some of the conversations we have in the clubhouse," continued Fuld. "There's a lot of dad talk in there."
Raising a family between 162 baseball games has its challenges.
"I don't think I thought that much about what it would be like to be a baseball wife with two children," offered Sarah Fuld.
She and Sam met when they both played sports in high school. These days they're still having fun, but they're also in constant motion.
"When the kids go to the games, we're usually not out of there until 11 o'clock," explained Sam. "So, by the time they wind down and storytime and bathtime are over, it's midnight. They sleep until 10 o'clock in the morning sometimes. It's a whacky schedule."
LET'S GO TO THE TROP!
Being a major league baseball player has many benefits. If you were to ask the average person to name them, workplace childcare probably wouldn't make the list. But for Sam and Sarah, the players' child care room at the Trop ranks right up there.
"They have a huge playroom," said Sarah. "All the kids are there. It's really nice."
On many nights the whole family goes to work with dad.
"It's Sarah's chance to get three hours of freedom," laughed Sam. "She looks forward to the games more than anything else!"
ON THE ROAD
About half of the long baseball season is spent playing on the road. The Fulds travel to several of the out-of-town series, especially when the family can also visit with family and friends. But, more often than not, Sarah and the Kids stay at home in the Tampa Bay area.
"We at least talk on the phone once a day," said Sam. "And we try to get a Skype or Facetime session at least every other day."
Travel is probably the biggest downside for major leaguers and their families. Moms like Sarah have to take up the slack.
"I think Sarah enjoys the off-season probably more than I do," Sam said in what may have been the understatement of the entire interview.
"I'm sure I do!" laughed Sarah.
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