Blue confetti. It's a boy. Judging by Hayes' reaction, he could not have been more thrilled.
"It was such good news to finally find out, and to find out it was a boy was even greater," Hayes told me this week. "We had bets, we all thought it was a girl. We saw those balloons, it was blue, that was a relief."
The following day, the Rockford IceHogs were in town for an afternoon game. Hayes, originally designated a healthy scratch by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's pregame lineup graphic, was a surprise late addition in place of Anthony Angello.