Kent was due to pitch in the Cavalry’s wildcard game against Melbourne 2½ weeks ago, but stayed in Canberra with Brittany as Jackson was due any day.
He delayed his trip to Brisbane for the semi-final series before eventually flying up for game two and he was back in time for Jackson’s birth last Wednesday.
The Canberra Times is happy to report both mother and son are both doing well.
«My wife felt under so much pressure because all of the articles about it, ‘I feel like I’m letting everyone down’,» Kent said with a laugh.
«My wife’s healthy, the baby’s really healthy, my son’s sleeping well so everything’s been awesome.»
Kent flies to Japan on Wednesday for a two-week stint training with Yokohama.
While the Baystars’ roster is full for 2019, if he impresses there’s a chance they could sign him for next year’s Nippon Professional Baseball season.
The 29-year-old was grateful for the support of both the Cavalry and their sponsors, who made it possible for him to go.
It’s why he wanted to repay the faith and sign long-term with the Cavalry until the end of the 2021-22 ABL season.
Kent’s only ever had one-year contracts before, despite playing for the Cavalry since their inception in the reborn ABL in 2010-11.
«I really can’t see myself playing anywhere else. Born and raised here. The Cavs have been so good to me, especially with my opportunity to go over to Japan next week,» he said.
«Without the help from the Cavs I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it.
«I’ve probably only got a few years left. I don’t know if three years will be the end of my career, but if it is it’ll make me a Cav for life.»
Team Australia’s in the middle of a three-day camp at the AIS, where they’re undergoing a range of physical testing and also training at Narrabundah Ballpark.
It’s part of their preparation for the Premier12 tournament in November, where they’ll be fighting for Olympic Games qualification at Tokyo 2020.
Kent said Australian coach Dave Nilsson was instilling the belief they could beat anyone in the world.
«The biggest thing is he’s trying to change our mindsets to really believe we can be the No.1 tournament team in the world,» Kent said.
«And I think he’s spot on because we have all the talent, but maybe in the last few years or for as long as I’ve been involved we probably haven’t felt like we could match it with the higher ranked teams in the world.
«But we can … it all comes down to the mindset, the mentality. Once we change that I think there’s some really exciting things going forward for Australian baseball.»
David Polkinghorne covers the Canberra Raiders, local rugby league, Canberra Cavalry, racing and cycling, along with every other sport, for The Canberra Times.