It's a safe bet that whether or not young ESPN Montana Real of D'Iberville grows into a rabid sports fan like his dad, he'll at least make it to first base with Real's coaching.
ESPN Montana Real, born on Monday at Biloxi Regional, is the first son of Rusty and Leann Real.
Somewhere along the line, Leann promised her hubby if they ever had a son, he could pick the name.
He chose ESPN (pronounced Espen) after the sports network and Montana after football legend Joe Montana.
Theirs is not the country's first child named ESPN, either.
Three others were cited in a 2005 Web story at tivocommunity.com, about the network's 25th anniversary. They are Espn Malachi McCall in Pampa, Texas; Espn Curiel in Corpus Christi, Texas; and Espn Blondeel in Michigan.
At Biloxi Regional, Rusty said, "We were the talk of the hospital. The nurses kept asking my wife if she was really going to let her husband name him ESPN. She said, 'Oh, yes.'