DENVER -- Through the miracle of modern technology from his hotel room early Saturday morning, Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis was able to follow the birth of his son in Wisconsin, then start against the Rockies on Saturday night.
Ellis got the call after Friday night's game from wife Cindy that their second child was about to be born. She updated him from the hospital and around 3 a.m., Ellis turned on his laptop and, via webcam, was able to hear the birth of son Luke, then see that mother and child were happy and healthy.
"It was pretty amazing," said Ellis.
Cindy's family lives nearby and was with her at the hospital. Ellis' mother joined today. His father is in Denver to watch Ellis play. Ellis said the decision whether he would be with Cindy for the birth was made over the offseason.
"I left it up to my wife," he said. "Her plan was that if I was Triple-A, I'd be at the hospital, which I was for our first baby. If I'm in the Major Leagues, as a catcher it's tough to leave the team with one catcher. But I left it up to her and kept asking repeatedly. She was completely fine with it."
In other Dodgers family news, hitting coach Don Mattingly left the club to attend the high school graduation of his youngest son in Indiana and is expected to rejoin the club Sunday.