Royals closer Greg Holland arrives in middle of game after birth - KCTV5

Royals closer Greg Holland arrives in middle of game after birth of son

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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV) -

Forgive Royals pitcher Greg Holland if he seems a bit bleary eyed. He's had a lot of celebrating to do in a chaotic week.

After the Royals won in spectacular come-from-behind fashion over the Oakland A's, he flew overnight to North Carolina to be present when his wife gave birth to a new royal baby.

Nash Gregory Holland was born Wednesday in Asheville, NC. According to mom Lacey Canada Holland's Twitter account, Nash weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces when he was born and is 20 inches long.

Holland was at the ballpark by the middle innings for Thursday night's Game 1 of the ALDS between the Royals and the Anaheim Angels. And he closed out the 11th in a 3-2 win for the Royals early Friday.

It's been a hectic week for the Holland family. The closer, his father and brother enjoyed the Chiefs win over the New England Patriots on Monday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

Holland then pitched a scoreless ninth in the Royals' electric win over the Oakland A's. Instead of flying overnight with his teammates to Los Angeles, Holland jetted to North Carolina. Doctors had scheduled to induce labor on Wednesday.

Earlier in the season, Holland had said the baby's due date was Oct. 4. At the time, he joked that he wanted "a playoff b baby," that would be born on an off-day.

Wishes granted.

After spending the night in the hospital with his wife and new baby, Holland hopped a charter flight to be in Anaheim tonight. He ran into LA traffic and arrived at the stadium in the fourth inning.

His father told the Asheville Citizen-Times that he left with the family's blessing, saying that his son will have the rest of his life to be with his son.

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