KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Baltimore pitcher Jamie Walker is
celebrating the birth of a child whose name is certain to get
plenty of attention in Detroit.
The left-handed reliever, who spent the past five years playing
for the Tigers, christened his 6-pound, 14-ounce son James Leyland.
But, no, it's not in honor of Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
The lad is actually named after Jamie's dad, James Walker, and
his wife Natalie's grandfather, Leyland Estes.
"They both fought in World War II and the baby was born on
Memorial Day," Walker said. "We both liked the name, so we
thought what the heck."
He knows everyone will assume he named his son after his former
"I'll catch a lot of flack for that. But that's fine," he
said. "Jim Leyland's a good man. My wife loves Jim Leyland, loves
the guy to death. He's a great manager and a great guy. If people
want to think we named the baby after him, let them."
The Walkers now have two boys and two girls.
Walker signed as a free agent with Baltimore after helping get
the Tigers to the World Series last season. He is 1-0 with a 3.20
ERA this season.