For a few hours on Tuesday, Orioles right-hander Willie Eyre and his wife experienced a parent’s worst nightmare.
Luckily, everything turned out OK after Eyre’s 3-year-old daughter, Lily, fell into a hotel pool and was under water for about “five or six” seconds before Eyre’s wife retrieved her. Lily never lost consciousness and passed several tests at a local hospital.
“The whole thing was more scary, I think, than anything,” said Eyre, who pitched in 19 games with the Orioles last year and is in camp on a minor-league deal. “My wife is pretty shook up. Everything seems to be good now. (Lily) slept good through the night. And we woke her up every hour or so just to make sure she was responding. I think she was more mad we were waking her up.”
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Eyre said Lily, the youngest of his three kids, had been in the pool previously, wearing floaties on her arms but had come out and was coloring when she accidentally colored on herself.
“She colored on her leg a little and told mommy she wanted to get it off. And (Eyre’s wife) is like, ‘We’ll get it off.’ I guess that meant (to Lily that) she was going to go do it herself,” Eyre said. “So she went back to the pool and my wife turned around to get some stuff from a bag, and she turned back around and my middle son child, Parker, yelled, “Mommy, Mommy, Lily is under water.” So then she went and got her.”
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Eyre will pitch in Saturday’s split squad game in Fort Myers, where the Eyre family lives, and then he’s been told he can stay with his family at his home on Sunday and Monday’s off day before returning to the team.