|Carter John Bruce|
"Its like being handed the keys to a club you didn't know existed," said the 29-year old Beaumont, Texas native of the first child for him and his wife Hannah.
Bruce left the Reds on Monday April 25 for Houston where young Carter was born at 9:00 p.m. that night.
Bruce dealt with the reports with the utmost professionalism and the false news faded like a helium balloon freed in a stiff breeze.
Two months later Bruce found his professional routine altered with the new baby, who is now well and a Cincinnati resident.
"I have always been able to compartmentalize my private life and my professional life," Bruce said. "I have altered my allocation of time a little bit but that's all."
Whatever has happened Bruce is excelling again on the field after two very tough years.
'If I had played better, I probably wouldn't be a Red right now," Bruce said in February.
Maybe it is coincidence or maybe it is the weight of anticipation lifted from his shoulders now that Carter has arrived happy and healthy. Since Bruce returned from paternity leave on April 29, he is hitting .317 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He has passed former teammate and lifelong friend Adam Dunn for the most home runs at Great American Ball Park with 128.
Bruce has improved his season average to .290 with eight home runs and 27 RBI. He is fourth in the National League with a .435 batting average with runners in scoring position..