Mini Mets: Kane and Christian McCann
Much like new Mets catcher James McCann’s own birth, when according to his mother’s doctors he was given very little chance of surviving, his two twin sons did not have an easy go of it at first. They were born ten weeks premature on December 6, 2017, and required seven weeks in the NICU at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center before they were healthy and strong enough to come home.
“Every time that we started to feel sorry for ourselves or started to get overwhelmed by the situation, all you had to do was look to the babies next door, or the babies down the hall, what those parents were going through,” McCann said in an interview from February 2018. “We had two early babies. They had about as smooth of a stage as you could possibly have, and we were very blessed.”
Luckily, Kane and Christian were able to travel with McCann and his wife, Jessica, to spring training that season. The McCann clan has made the trip together every spring since.
These days, the two boys are typical toddlers, running around and acting generally rambunctious in the videos that McCann or his wife post of them on social media. Jessica McCann frequently features her boys on her Instagram stories, and has already posted several shots of them taking in the action at Mets camp in Port St. Lucie this spring on Twitter and Instagram.
Kane and Christian would likely be graduating high school right around the time of the 2036 draft, so if they do decide to pursue a baseball career, they could wind up in the same draft class as Jaxon deGrom. No word yet on whether Jaxon has thrown any bullpen sessions with Kane or Christian catching him, but since McCann signed a four-year deal with the Mets back in December 2020, there is still plenty of time for that.