WASHINGTON I’m here in our nation’s capital to watch baseball, though I’m a bit distracted. My days are, basically, a countdown, only I don’t know when the countdown will end. That’s part of the fun and a big part of the anxiousne s.See, I’m going to be a dad. BabyGirl Fagan is on her way. She could arrive this week, or she could say Hi closer to her Aug. 12 due date. Baby and mom are doing great, thanks for asking. And, yes, we’ve already taken BabyGirl to a pretty momentous baseball game.MORE: Three takeaways from Bryce Harper’s Home Run Derby winBut Tate and I are both newbies at this parenting thing.We’ve read books and done as much research as po sible; Tate, particularly, has been voracious in her quest for baby knowledge, even though she’s going to be a natural. I figured thatwhile I wasin D.C. for the All-Star festivities, I might as well do a little field research, too. There are lots ofbaseball players who are great fathers.So at the media player availability Monday Pedro Martinez Jersey afternoon before the Home Run Derby, I asked some of those dads whether they had any advice for me, a soon-to-be first-time father.A theme quickly developed.Sleep now, Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ said with a grin.Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain just started laughing.A first time dad? Get your sleep, he said. Get lots of sleep before the kid comes.From Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford: Get your sleep now.Is there an echo in here?My kiddo is due in le s than a month. I asked Corey Kluber if he had any advice for me, a first-time father. pic.twitter.com/Gv3CjCVvHK Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) July 17, 2018You’re definitely going to be busy, waking up in the middle of the night, Cain said, and I’m pretty sure he felt sorry for me. Hopefully your kid is a sleeper. My kids? They wake up every two hours, and I have three kids now. That’s the biggest thing. Get your sleep. And just love them like I’m sure you know how to.That won’t be a problem. It was fun to watch the players’ faces light up as they thought about their kids while mulling over my question.Congratulations! Enjoy it, Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley, father of three, told me. It’s the best experience you’ll have in your life. There’s nothing better than being to father, to go home and hug https://www.redsoxedge.com/boston-red-sox/craig-kimbrel-jersey your own for the first time, after a hard day at work? There’s nothing better than family.QUIZ: Who has the most MLB All-Star appearancesI asked him what he learned in the first month of his first child’s life.Just that they’re a lot of work, he said with a laugh. You have a responsibility, something higher than you. Your outlook on life changes. It’s phenomenal. I love being a dad.I heard that often.It’s going to give you some good perspective, Happ said. I know it did for me. It’s going to be the best thing that ever happened to you. Just try and enjoy it.Braves outfielder Nick Markakis is 34 and in his 13th big-league season. This is his first All-Star Game selection, and he’s sharing every moment po sible with his three boys. They were with him as he answered questions Monday afternoon, and his wife was on his mind, too.Just do as she tells you to, and just eat and sleep, Markakis said. Just let them eat and sleep. That’s all they want to do. Have fun with it, man. It’s going to change your life, for sure. It’s an awesome experience. Congrats.That was another theme. Tate, the ballplayers were thinking of you.Any advice? Well, you’ve got to understand that she’s going to be going through a tough one, so for at least the first month, be as helpful as you can, Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes said. If not, she’ll let you hear it forever. The little baby is kind of like a little sack of potatoes the first couple months, not really moving around. Our first one was a girl, too. It’s going to change your life, for the better.Zack Greinke offered this thought:The first time’s easier than the second time. Once you get more than one, it’s a lot more work. The first one, I mean, everyone’s not lucky like me to have a really good wife. We have two of us being a good parent, not just one of us. That’d be tough, even with one kid. Having two parents, one kid with two parents, Jackie Bradley Jr Jersey probably isn’t the toughest.Whoa, whoa, whoa second time? Slow down just a second there, Ace. We’ll cro s that bridge later.For now, the All-Stars are pretty unanimous: It’s all about sleep.I don’t have advice other than that, Crawford said with a grin. Sleep is hard to come by, especially when you have four. It’s a lot of fun. It’s busy, but it’s definitely worth it.That, I don’t doubt at all.