Ballpark proposals are usually kinda lame — “hey! I’m going to put you on the spot about something personal and emotional in front of 30,000 people! Don’t embarrass me!” — but if you’re a player I suppose it’s better. Especially if you do it after the game and away from the ballpark like Blue Jays prospect Andy Burns did yesterday.
But, if he had any cold feet, he was likely emboldened by the walkoff homer he hit just before popping the question:
I wish them nothing but happiness, but how epic would it have been if she said no? I mean, theoretically, not for him.
In a less-notable move on Friday, the Rays acquired right-hander Wilmer Font from the Athletics in exchange for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer. Font was designated for assignment by the A’s on Wednesday.
This is the second trade involving the righty since the start of the season. The Athletics acquired 28-year-old Font from the Dodgers in late April, but were underwhelmed by his performance after he racked up 11 runs, five home runs, four walks and nine strikeouts in his first 6 2/3 innings of relief. While the rookie has yet to prove himself at the big league level, he posted a much more respectable pitching line with the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017, going 10-8 in 25 starts with a 3.42 ERA, 2.3 BB/9 and 11.9 SO/9 in 134 1/3 innings. It’s still unclear whether the Rays intend to give him another opportunity in the majors this year or use him as depth in the minors.
Bayer, 24, is still a ways away from cracking any major league roster. He advanced to High-A Charlotte prior to the trade and allowed eight runs, two homers, six walks and six strikeouts in his first four innings.