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Woman Gives Birth to Baby During Baseball Game

It was the first-ever birth of a baby at the ballpark in downtown San Diego, Petco Park officials said via social media

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    NBC7's Liberty Zabala reports on a woman who got more than just a hometown win when she gave birth at a Padres game Thursday night. (Published Friday, Sept. 25, 2015)

    Now this is a true love of the game.

    A woman gave birth at Petco Park in downtown San Diego Thursday night around the third inning of the Padres vs. San Francisco Giants game.

    The baby boy, named Levi, is the first to be born at the stadium, Petco Park officials confirmed via social media.

    The very pregnant fan, who apparently did not have time to reach a hospital, had her son on a bench in the park's Palm Court Plaza. Some fans reported an off-duty nurse who happened to be at the ballpark helped deliver the baby.

    The Padres rallied for the little guy, pulling off a 5-4 win in the 9th over the Giants -- an extra treat, provided his parents are San Diego fans.

    The birth was announced over the loudspeaker at the ballpark to a roar of cheers from fans.

    The newborn news surprised and entertained those in the stands and outside of the stadium. Many took to Twitter to talk about the ballpark birth.

    “It was amazing, so amazing. It was beautiful. Go Padres!” an excited fan told NBC 7 after the game.

    "He's a future Padre!" another man said.

    “We were just sitting in our seats and one of our friends came back and said, ‘A baby is being born,’ and that it happened very fast and people were holding tarps around [the mother],” another Padres fan in attendance explained.

    A trio of young Padres fans said the news of the baby boy being born at the ballpark was very cool.

    “I’ve heard about babies being born on airplanes, but never at a ballpark,” one of the boys told NBC 7. “You’re legendary if you’re born at a ballpark.”

    The enthusiastic young fans said they have big expectations for the little slugger.

    “He’s legendary! He’s going to be a ball player,” said another boy.

    Photo credit: NBC 7 San Diego

    Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski – who scored the game winning run Thursday night – was also happy to hear about the baby’s birth at Petco Park.

    “Two pretty cool things that happened in one night,” Jankowski told NBC 7. “That guy might be our good luck charm. We gotta get him season tickets.”

    The player said the baby is an honorary, mini member of the team now.

    “That’s awesome. He’s a Padre!” Jankoswki added.

    A security guard at the ballpark told NBC 7 the baby was due Friday, so the mother nearly hit a home run with the accuracy of her due date.

    The San Diego Padres gave a shoutout to the newborn on the team's Twitter feed after the game, posting: "Great crowd of 31,137 were here tonight -- of course that doesn't include the baby boy that was born @PetcoPark around the third inning."