The Chicago Cubs brought their fans a World Series title for the first time since 1908 when they beat the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 last November.
Cubs fans celebrated the big win by pouring into the streets of Chicago, ending 108 years of frustration. But now 38 weeks after the extra inning win, Chicago is seeing a baby boom.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center has delivered twice as many babies from July 10-18 and it’s expected to continue into the month of August. Here’s what the Tribune writes:
At Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, doctors say they’ve noticed the number of deliveries going up and expect the trend to continue through August. Between July 10 and 18, the stretch with the highest surge, the hospital had almost double the amount of deliveries each day compared with its normal average, said Dr. Melissa Dennis, vice chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology. While she can’t scientifically link the birth increase to the World Series, she said those babies’ due dates could have easily fallen on July 26 — exactly 38 weeks after Game 7. An average pregnancy is 38 to 40 weeks depending on how it is measured.
The spike is being credited to that special night in early November when Kris Bryant threw across the diamond to Anthony Rizzo, recording the final out.
ESPN Outside the Lines host Bob Ley did a special segment on this very topic Tuesday:
There's a baby boom in Chicago right now…I wonder why…(HINT: something happened 9 months ago) pic.twitter.com/nX5z0gUxTx
— Bob Ley (@BobLeyESPN) July 25, 2017
With many more newborns on the way, that’s just more members in the Cubs fan club.