Zobrist: My Husband Wasn't Missing The World Series For Birth Of Baby

Author and songwriter Julianna Zobrist discussed what it's like being "a baseball wife," among other topics

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September 18, 2018 - 11:37 am

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Author, singer, and songwriter Julianna Zobrist dropped by CBS Sports Radio on Tuesday to discuss her new book, "Pull It Off: Removing Your Fears and Putting On Confidence," among other topics. If you’re not familiar with Julianna, perhaps you’re familiar with her husband, Ben, a three-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, and 2016 World Series MVP.

Zobrist was asked what it’s like to be in the baseball-wives sorority.

“It’s wonderful,” she said on The DA Show. “Those women are smart, and they are highly independent and strong women. There may be this sort of idea of what a baseball wife looks like or is, but they are truly some of the most intelligent women that I’ve ever met – because you just have to be so strong to be able to deal with the grueling schedule and being alone most of the time and really managing your own life and career for most of us.”

Indeed, baseball players report to spring training in February and play until late-September – or October, depending on the quality of their team.

Ben has played for some quality teams in recent years, winning back-to-back World Series titles in 2015 and 2016 with the Royals and Cubs, respectively.

“I’ll never forget when I was pregnant with our third and we were in the playoff run with the Royals – and I could have gone into labor at any moment,” Zobrist recalled. “Traveling all over the nation, it’s just a crazy ride and I’m out here, (massively) pregnant, can’t fly commercially or anything. And the media was just having a heyday with, ‘What’s (Ben) Zobrist going to do if his wife goes into labor? Don’t let her go into labor!’ They’re all freaking out.”

That’s when (Julianna) Zobrist decided to set the record straight.

“Finally I went on camera,” she said, “and I was like, ‘Listen, if I go into labor, there’s nothing my husband can do. I got this. Just hit me a home run. That’s all I need. I don’t need you to be there because it really bears no difference. I’m good. He’ll stay. Just hit me a home run. Win us a ring. He’s got this.’”

While Ben has never hit a World Series home run, he hit .261 with a .346 OBP for the Royals in 2015 and exploded for .357 and .419, respectively, in 2016, helping the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908.

But what if Ben had to miss the birth of his first child? Would Julianna have been okay with that?

“Yes, I would have,” she said. “I’m a face-down, plunge-through kind of girl.”