Brooklynn Olivia Bird was welcomed into the world Aug. 1 to a longtime San Francisco Giants-supporting family — and now she is part of the larger Giants family after being named “Comcast SportsNet 2010 Giants World Championship Baby.”
Brooklynn’s birth was the closest — nine months and seven minutes, to be exact — to the moment the Giants won their first World Series title since moving from New York.
And though her name bears a close resemblance to the former home of a certain archrival, mom Jennifer Bird said the moniker was chosen when she was 20 weeks along, and the family members are true Giants fans.
“We thought we were going to be disqualified for her name and they wouldn’t let us enter,” said Bird, who lives in Folsom. “If we’d known about the contest, we may have considered another name.”
Brooklynn beat out more than 929 babies from 10 states, including California, New York, Hawaii and even Rhode Island. As the winner, she will receive a $2,010 gift certificate, a commemorative brick imprinted with her name at AT&T Park and a birth certificate signed by the Giants.
Her parents are shocked and ecstatic.
“We never win anything; now we have a baby and now she wins everything for us,” said the 30-year-old Bird.
Jennifer said Brooklynn — spelled with two “n’s” as an incorporation of Jennifer’s own middle name, Lynn — was born 11 days later than expected, and she and her husband, Robert, entered the contest on a whim.
“I was so annoyed she was late,” Jennifer Bird said. “I didn’t want to be pregnant that long. We literally entered last minute because she was late another day.”
Though her parents were beyond words during a post-announcement interview, Brooklynn was just “hanging out” in her swing. She may only be 3 weeks old, but she has a lifetime of bragging rights ahead, much like the Giants had for the past year.
“We wonder what our second child is going to have,” Jennifer Bird said. “The Giants better get some luck and win again.”
In addition to the World Series baby title, the Birds were married Oct. 23 — the night the Giants were in Philadelphia winning the National League pennant.
Contest runners up
Avery Elizabeth Prymak
Born Aug. 1 at 8:17 p.m. to parents Emily and Keith Prymak at Marin General Hospital in Marin
William Aaron Manne (named after Will Clark)
Born Aug. 1 at 7:32 p.m. to parents Dawn and Charles Manne at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in Tracy
Orion Casey Fields
Born Aug. 1 at 7:24 p.m. to parents Naomi Natalini & David Fields at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa
Source: Comcast SportsNet