Guest post to BSR by Jessica Kleinschmidt. Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessMLB.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco had more than one celebration after his win Sunday against the Browns.
The 28 year-old celebrated the birth of his newborn son, Daniel via telephone. Flacco found out just minutes before he went on the field to warm-up when his wife Dana called to let him know of the news. Flacco still started the game. “We have another boy,” she said to him.
Of course social media had something to say about it.
The tweets I witnessed for the most part were positive, however there were the few every now and then that popped up saying Flacco was a “horrible person” for not being there for his wife and newborn.
Before you go and call child services, Flacco was aware his son would be due this month, and knew that it was possible his wife could go into labor at any time.
The beauty of social media is you feel more comfortable giving an opinion, that unfortunately is also the ugly part of it.
At the end of the day, Flacco got the W for his team, he answered all of the questions reporters threw at him, and quickly got on the road to New Jersey to meet his new son, and I don’t believe the Flacco family has anything negative to say about it.
Flacco with his dry witty humor, nearly pulled off a joke on head coach John Harbaugh before the game, who planned to tell him that he had to leave for the hospital in New Jersey and wouldn’t be able to play the game against the Browns, but the QB thought better of it.
“I’m so glad he didn’t do it,” Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun as members of the media began to laugh. “To play with that on your mind, I think obviously says a lot, and we appreciated that.”
Flacco himself was excited to get home to see his son, but was also able to reflect on Sunday’s win.
“Anytime you have a child, it’s one of your best days. The game didn’t go exactly how we wanted it to, but that’s how we’ve won football games around here. We’re able to win like this, and sometimes you have to do it in an ugly way.”
Flacco finished the game completing 22-of-33 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown and now an interesting story for young Daniel one day soon.