This time last year, things looked much different for Dodgers’ outfielder AJ Pollock. He and his wife Kate welcomed their daughter Maddi Mae into the world born prematurely in March of 2020. She spent AJ’s first Father’s Day in the neo-natal ICU in Phoenix.
Maddi would go on to spend several months in the hospital, all while the COVID-19 pandemic raged throughout the world. AJ also came down with the virus as well, complicating things even further for the family. But the Dodgers made sure that he was able to get the care he needed as well as the time he needed for Maddi.
One year later, and AJ is looking forward to a stress-free Father’s Day. The LA outfielder talked about it in a press conference on Saturday afternoon and gave an update on his daughter who is now healthy and thriving.
This Father’s Day will be a lot less stressful than the last one. It’s amazing. We have so much fun with Maddie right now. She’s doing awesome. She’s getting to that point where she’s exploring everything. She’s starting to kind of stand up a little bit on furniture. When I get to see her, it’s just the highlight of my day. … It puts everything in perspective. That’s for sure.
What’s most impressive about AJ was his ability to play very well despite everything happening in his personal life. Pollock put up a 132 wRC+ in 2020, hammering 16 home runs and driving in 34 runs for the Dodgers. He was a big part of their success eventually leading to a World Series title.
Whatever he ends up doing on his Father’s Day, we just hope he enjoys it. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks play an afternoon game to wrap up their series, so hopefully, he gets to go back to his home in Arizona and give Maddi a big hug.