Maynard the Mallard was at St. Mary's Hospital on June 2nd celebrating the team's home opener with a special surprise for new moms - a free lifetime season pass to all Mallards home games for every baby born from midnight through 11:59pm.
And to top it off moms in the St. Mary's Family Birth Center hit a home run shortly before midnight, delivering baby number ten to mark the 10th anniversary of the Mallards being in Madison.
"The birth of a child is an amazing experience. Now every time there's a home Mallards game, families will remember that very special day with their son or daughter's free ticket," said Frank Byrne, MD, President of St. Mary's Hospital.
Crystal and Brian Hartwick were one of the first parents to receive the good news after giving birth to daughter Phoebe just a few hours after midnight. And being baseball fans themselves, they were pretty ecstatic.
"It's fate because we love baseball and the Mallards were nice enough to give her season tickets for life," said Brian.
Brian and his wife travel to one MLB away game each year and spend one week in that city to get to know it. Now they'll be bringing Phoebe along in the hopes she becomes a baseball fan as well.
But for starters, the Mallards are hoping she's at least a fan of the Duck Pond.
"We feel like we can never have enough Mallards fans. One way to get people started is right from the beginning. From the day they are born, they have a chance to come out with free season tickets for life," said Mike Then, the assistant manager of marketing for the Mallards.
The Mallards will be inviting all ten newborns (with their families) onto the field during the July 7th game for a special recognition of the free lifetime season passes.