ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sean Rodriguez's voice sounded tired Friday afternoon. The fatigue was understood. Thursday was huge. That day, shortly after noon, he welcomed his fourth kid into this big, bright world, all 9 pounds and 21 1/4 inches of Zekiel Cruz Rodriguez. He was a proud father again.
"It went well," Rodriguez said of his wife Giselle. "She's strong."
He spoke about pride. He spoke about emotion. He spoke about being blessed in a way that almost escapes words, because the feelings hold so much power.
Being a father thrills.
Being a father rewards.
Being a father is forever.
"It's always something different," Rodriguez said. "It's always something special. It's something a lot of people I hope can experience."
Rodriguez is a major league baseball player, which makes him different than most fathers. He's part of a 162-game grind as a utility player with the Tampa Bay Rays. He lives a public life. He was placed on the paternity list Thursday, which allows him to miss up to ...