A fan of the Cardinals since she was a teenager, Megan Stinnett has watched games with her parents in Quincy, Illinois, a town about two hours from St. Louis. About six years ago, she accompanied a couple – her best friend and the woman’s boyfriend – to a sports bar, where she began arguing with the man’s close friend, Justin, during a Cardinals game.

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They had their differences of opinion.

But such little quarrels eventually gave way to a relationship. The couple married in 2018 and gave birth to their first child, Lydia, in 2019. Eight months ago, in anticipation of their second child, they had decided on two possible names: Everlee or Easton, the latter inspired by baseball equipment that Justin had as a child.

Megan, 27, and Justin, 30, arrived at the hospital at 4 a.m. on April 4. Megan was in labor all afternoon with Justin standing next to her and the Cardinals game being played on a small TV behind him.

“I think if I looked up I could have watched the game while I was pushing, but that was obviously not my main focus,” Megan said in a phone interview.

The game had been irrelevant until later that night when Megan was born. Justin was holding her newborn baby and was bewitched. But when he handed over her son Megan, he had some reservations. She looked at her baby and felt the same way.

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“It doesn’t look like Easton,” thought Justin.

What does an Easton look like?

“I don’t know. You just have this feeling,” he said.

Megan and Justin exchanged hesitant looks. The doctor asked what the baby was called. They asked for a moment to think about it.

The couple had been involved in Everlee and Easton for eight months, sharing names with family members and purchasing a fourth Christmas stocking with the letter “E.”

“Arenado!” Exclaimed McLaughlin. “A ride deep to the left of the wall. Welcome to St. Louis, Nolan! “

“We can only hear it; We don’t even watch the game, ”Justin said. “I’m like, ‘What about Nolan?’ And she says, “I really like this.” So we went with Nolan. “

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Baby Nolan is just over a week old, but his parents are planning on buying a kid-size Arenado jersey. McLaughlin invited the family to a Cardinals game during a radio interview.

The newborn Cardinals fan also received a greeting from the Cardinals star, who recently addressed the family in a video.

“Congratulations Justin, Megan, on your newborn,” he said. “It’s so great and I’m glad everything went well. It’s a great honor to hear that the baby is named after me. Hopefully I can keep making you guys proud. It means a lot. And hopefully I can make Baby Nolan proud too. “