According to Mike&Mike this morning, Giselle is due mid Dec. If the baby is born Tuesday through Fri - I say he plays. If the baby is born Sat, Sun or Giselle goes into labor on Sunday for a Monday birth, he misses the game to be with her. The reasoning behind this is that you know she will be in NYC (or CA?) for the birth - not MGH or Beth Israel. He will be there. This reasoning indicates there is a 4/7th (57%) chance he misses a game. If the 1 seed is on the line, will this bother you? If a perfect season is on the line, will it bother you? What conditions would you excuse Tom if a situation came up where he couldn't/didn't want to play. This is clearly different than the Pedroia situation as there are only 19 games (hopefully) not 162+ plus a 2B does not equal a QB for obvious reasons.