Pelicans literally welcome newborn baby into world

pel-babyThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans almost became the Myrtle Beach Storks on Saturday night as the team welcomed its newest fan into the world. During the Pelicans 9-0 shutout of the Wilmington BlueRocks, a fan’s water broke and she went into labor.

After being checked by on-site EMTs, Somchai and Cassandra Rollins, from Sumter, SC, headed to Conway Medical Center where they welcomed a healthy baby girl. Alexandria Catherine Rollins, or Allie as her parents are already calling her, was born at 5:35 am this morning and weighed in at 8 lbs. 15 oz. Splash, the Pelicans mascot, was on-hand this afternoon to meet the newest member of the Rollins family and present baby Allie and her parents with a gift basket courtesy of the Pelicans.

“This is a first for us,” stated Mike Snow, Pelicans Assistant General Manager Operations who was on-hand Saturday night when Cassandra went into labor. “We wanted to do something special for baby Allie and her parents.”

Last night’s event has Pelicans President and General Manager Andy Milovich contemplating a team name change to the Myrtle Beach Storks, if only for a day.

“Inspiration for promotional nights can come from anywhere,” said Milovich. “Any time you can draw attention to a great human interest story, create memories and give back to the community it is a great day.”

The Pelicans will be adding a Labor Day Night to their promotional calendar. Since the team does not have a home game on Labor Day this year, they will celebrate a few days early on Thursday, September 1st.

“We were dangerously close to having to cancel our T-shirt Gun in-game promotion to outfit the family seated in the row below Mr. and Mrs. Rollins,” said Milovich jokingly. “In all seriousness, I’m proud of the way Mike Snow and our Operations Team responded to an unusual turn of events. I’m incredibly happy for the Rollins family and welcome them to the Pelicans family. They’re welcome as my guest at the ballpark any time they’re in town!”

The promotional night will feature a gamut of elements including pampering stations (massages, manicures and pedicures…not diapers!) for mothers-to-be, free season tickets for life to women who go into labor at the game and a college fund donation to the first woman who goes into labor at the game. Food specials will feature pickles, ice cream and other popular items to stave off in-game cravings. In-game entertainment elements will include lullaby walk-up music, player headshots on the video board will feature baby photos, and a Lamaze breathing contest for dads. Additionally, pregnant mothers attending the game can submit a picture of their baby in the coming months for the team’s 2017 baby card set giveaway.

On the charitable side, fans will be able to donate car seats, diapers, etc., which will benefit mothers in need. A variety of baby and mom-centric gift baskets will be raffled off for additional fundraising efforts.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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