A.J. Ellis' wife, Cindy, gave birth to the couple's third child in a car while the Los Angeles Dodgers catcher was barrelling down a highway at 75 m.p.h. in a futile attempt to get to a hospital.
Ellis, who lives near Milwaukee during the off-season, told ESPN.com that his wife was screaming that they wouldn't make it to the hospital on time.
"So I'm calmly telling her we're making it," Ellis said. "I figured she was just panicking because she was in excruciating pain."
Audrey Ellis was born Oct. 12 in the front seat of the car on Interstate 43, 20 minutes from the hospital. Mother and daughter are doing fine.
The car was borrowed from Ellis' father-in-law. The catcher's own car is a compact, but it's hard for him to drive it as he is coming off knee surgery.
"The in-laws took it to a car wash to be cleaned," Ellis said. "The vehicle has since reacquired that new-car smell."