Saturday, January 4, 2014

Our New Babe Gabe

On Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 5:43 p.m., God gave Mrs. K and me a gift beyond words.  We are now blessed to have a beautiful baby boy in our lives: Gabriel Walter, or Gabe for short.

The rush of wide-ranging emotions that overtook me when I first saw his little head appear were off the chart.  No amount of preparation or conversation could have truly prepared me for that moment and the uncontrollable spasm of prideful joy that accompanied it.

And when the doctor announced the gender -- or, more accurately, when she showed me -- I went completely weak and cried like I've never cried before.  Though I woulda been indescribably happy with either sex, I guess subconsciously I always dreamed of having a little boy to share all my nerdy sports habits with, etc.

Seeing that dream become a reality utterly floored me.

Bringing it all back to baseball cards, I found it to be a pretty cool coincidence that I have already featured a famous Gabe in one of my posts, way back in September of 2012.  And this was prior to Mrs. K and me even discussing family planning and potential baby names.

So maybe this post was something of a premonition?

Who knows, but I think one of my new hobby goals will be a "Gabe" collection, which I suppose would predominantly feature Mr. Kapler and maybe an occasional Gabe White and Gabe Gross.  FYI, according to, there are only seven Gabriels or Gabes who have ever played in the bigs.  But, mostly, I think I'll focus on Kapler.

Then again, I'm not bourgeois enough to turn my nose up at, say, a Gabe Alvarez card.

So that's the big announcement from our little family.  I figured I'd share since I've brought up the pregnancy a few times previously on the ol' blog.

I can't wait to begin my little guy with the hobby I love when the time is appropriate.  In the meantime, I'll probably sock away a pack or two of Topps baseball from each year he's on the planet and present them to him later on.

I figure that would be a cool introduction into daddy's incessant vice.



  1. Congrats to you and your wife! There is nothing that can match the birth of a child!

  2. Congrats. I've been there twice and it's an amazing feeling. Enjoy every second.

  3. Congrats! What a wonderful way to start the new year!

  4. Congrats! Now I've got a place I can send all my extra Gabriel Bourque, Landeskog and Dumont hockey cards to.

    No Jean-Gabriel Pageau, though. That would be too much.

  5. Congrats on your new intern....I mean son!

  6. Way to go! Congrats on the bouncing baby boy!

  7. Congratulations!!!!!!!
    I have been blessed with 3 myself and it is suck a wonderful experience. My two boys are into Magic cards more than baseball but at least dabble in the national pastime.

  8. That's great news! Many congrats to you and Mrs. K.!

  9. Congrats to you and Mrs. K, Mark! I'll have to start digging for Gabe cards.

  10. Congrats. And wonderful choice of name, Michael gets all the press but Gabriel was the far better angel. Sadly, Gabe Kapler never played for Anaheim.

  11. Congrats Mark! The birth of my kids have been the best and most memorable moments of my life. Nothing comes close to comparing. I also wouldn't have nearly the number of George Foster cards that I do now if it wasn't for my son Foster, I'll keep my eyes peeled for Gabe's! Kapler has a pretty interesting wikipedia page.

    Best of luck to you and especially Mrs. K, she did most of the work. God bless!

  12. Very awesome, my friend!!! Congratulations to you and Mrs. K!!!!

  13. I'm way too late on this, but congratulations MK!!