MILWAUKEE -- For at least the next three weeks, Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun will have his hands full. He returned to work Friday after spending the previous two days with wife Larisa and a newborn daughter, Celine Elysse, and went 1-for-4 in a win over the Cardinals.
"When I get here, my full focus is on the team and doing everything I can to contribute and help us win as many games as possible," Braun said. "When I'm at home, I'm figuring out how to be a father. It's certainly new to me."
The baseball schedule allowed dad to arrive in plenty of time to see the birth of the couple's first child. The Brewers were in Chicago when he got word he was needed back in Milwaukee, so Braun hustled home and missed games Wednesday against the Cubs at Wrigley Field and Thursday against the Cardinals at Miller Park.
"I was hoping I would be able to make it [Thursday], but it just didn't work out. Timing," Braun said. "Everything is OK. It was just a long labor."
He was thankful to be present.
"It's special, you know?" Braun said. "It's indescribably beautiful, a life experience unlike anything I've experienced before. Really special. It's incredible. Everybody is healthy and happy, and that's all I can ask for."
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