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Joe Flacco may have to skip out on Ravens minicamp.
No, he’s not holding out for a contract. He’s on baby watch.
The Flaccos’ baby is due this Saturday, June 16th, a couple days after the Ravens’ three-day minicamp officially ends.
“I’m excited. I can’t wait. You never know when it’s going to come,” Flacco said. “The last week felt like it took forever. But it will be here soon.”
Flacco will be at practice in Owings Mills, Md., but is on high alert for any news.
He’s been carrying his cell phone with him in meetings, and gave a couple employees’ phone numbers to his wife, Dana, to call in case she goes into labor. That way they can run onto the field if he’s in the middle of practice.
Dana is having the baby in the couple’s home state of New Jersey, so Flacco will bolt up I-95 when he gets word.
Although I’m a little concerned about Flacco missing the birth, of course he isn’t.
“I don’t think it’ll happen in two hours,” Flacco said with a smile.
The couple does not know the gender of the baby, nor do they have a name picked out. They want it all to be a game-time decision.
Flacco did hear about the Baltimore Sun poll on the baby name, but laughed and said he hadn’t read it. So sorry everyone, he won’t be taking your suggestions.
“We’ve thought about a few names but haven’t decided anything yet,” Flacco said. “We want it to be a surprise.”
I talked to Flacco a couple months ago to see how he was feeling then about becoming a father. I asked if he’s read the baby books yet.
I hope you’re not reading this, Dana.
“No, I think one [book] has a little more priority over the other and that’s the playbook,” Flacco said. “That’s a little more important. I’ll try to learn as we go along with the parenting.”
Overall, you can tell Flacco is pretty darn excited about becoming a father. Whenever we’ve talked about it he gets a huge smile.
“It’s pretty big. I don’t know if I really know the extent of it right now,” Flacco said. “I’ll see how much my life changes.”