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Oh, baby! Aurilia's son comes early
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10/03/2003  2:49 PM ET 
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Rich Aurilia has good reason to smile, thanks to the birth of his second son, Gavin. (Dino Vournas/AP)
MIAMI -- Giants shortstop Rich Aurilia came off the field after Wednesday's 9-5 loss to the Marlins in Game 2 of the National League Division Series and got news that must have lifted his spirits a bit -- his wife, Raquel, had gone into labor.

At 9:30 p.m. PT that night, the Aurilias welcomed Gavin Shea, their second son. He was 19 inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

Before Game 3 at Pro Player Stadium on Friday, Aurilia said that he didn't want to talk about his new child's birth, instead wanting to focus on the game. He did not fly with the team to Miami on Wednesday night, and arrived on Thursday.

According to a Giants spokesman, the Aurilias could possibly change Gavin's middle name, as they weren't completely settled on "Shea." Rich Aurilia grew up a Mets fan, but it wasn't clear if that had anything to do with the origin of the name.

Gavin joins 2-year-old brother Chaz Aiden in the Aurilia brood. Chaz's birth was a bit more convenient, arriving on Aug. 18, 2001. As he did after Chaz's birth, Aurilia wore his new infant's hospital bracelet under his uniform.

Raquel Aurilia was originally due on Oct. 23, which is when Game 5 of the World Series is scheduled to be played.

"I hope it's early," said Aurilia in late August. "But hopefully, he'll be here when I have a day off or I'm at home."

He also would have settled for the boy being born on the day the Giants won a world championship. "That would be ideal," he said.

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Reliever Chad Zerbe, who is not on the NLDS roster but is traveling with the team, had the opposite problem. His wife, Rachael, was due on Nov. 10, but daughter Syrah Rose showed up five weeks early, in the wee hours of the final day of the season, Sept. 28.

"It was supposed to be the offseason," Zerbe chuckled, "but it didn't work out that way.

"I'm looking forward to getting back and seeing them both, Syrah and Rachael," added Zerbe, who said that both mother and daughter are doing fine.

Despite its spelling, the girl's name is pronounced "Sarah."

"We liked the name 'Sarah,' my grandmother's middle name, and my wife liked the spelling 'Syrah,' like 'Si-RAH,'" said Zerbe. "So we liked the spelling but the pronunciation 'Sarah.'"

Chris Shuttlesworth is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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