SMITHVILLE, Mo. -- Some people have a tough time remembering what they were doing the last time the Royals played for the American League Championship. But for a Smithville woman, the memories are vivid. She was giving birth while the Royals won the pennant.
It was a day Pam Steele says she'll never forget. Her daughter came into the world on October 11, 1985 at the same time the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5.
On that day, 29 years ago, Steele went to the doctor for what she thought would be a routine check-up in her ninth month of pregnancy. But because of complications, she ended up in the hospital. Like everyone at Truman Medical Center, she wanted to watch the Royals beat the Blue Jays, but her daughter, Natasha, had other plans.
"It was going on," Steele explained. "I was watching in my room. The nurse came in to check me, she told me you're not ready, you are not dilated enough. And 20 minutes later I called her back and said 'I have to push.' She says 'I just checked you, you are not dilated.' It was probably the 8th inning at that time and it was an exciting game. Nobody wanted to leave. I said 'I am sorry but I have to push.' She checked me and, yep, she was born."
Natasha will turn 29 Saturday, and is planning to celebrate her birthday with her mom, watching the Royals, hopefully, beat the Orioles in Baltimore. She's part of a generation that grew up not knowing what winning baseball would be like in Kansas City. But she's getting a pretty good taste of it now.
Both mom and daughter say they've always liked rooting on the Royals. And as great a birthday present as a Royals win would be now, they say it would be an even bigger gift for all of Kansas City.