Take and rake is not the best strategy for a baseball-themed gender reveal


I’m not sure when gender reveal parties became a thing. I know it was after my kids were born, as no one was doing that 12-13 years ago. Maybe it’s a post-social media/smart phones thing, made practical by easy video sharing. I have no idea.

I also don’t know why, other than the ability to do such a thing, people do it. You’re going to find out eventually. I suspect it’s an excuse for another round of festivities and gift-giving, but again, I really don’t know for sure. If it’s something that makes you happy, hey, enjoy yourselves and don’t let me stop you. I just don’t really understand it and can’t imagine that if I were having another kid that I’d do it. Of course, imagining having another kid almost makes me want to pass out with stress, so maybe I’m not the best person to comment on this. It’s just not for me is what I’m saying.

But I do know two things for certain:

  1. They should be called “sex reveal parties” not “gender reveal parties” because sex and gender are different things; and
  2. If you do one that is baseball-themed, you better have your hacking shoes on. Because being patient and waiting for a pitch you can drive is a dumb strategy in these cases:

Report: A’s trying to finish deal for Jeurys Familia

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The Athletics appear to be closing in on a deal for Mets’ right-hander Jeurys Familia, according to reports from ESPN’s Buster Olney. Nothing has been finalized just yet, however, as the Mets confirmed that they would not be announcing a trade tonight and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic points out that other teams may still be in the mix for Familia’s services. It’s not clear what the A’s would be giving up in any potential deal for the reliever.

Familia, 28, has been pitching well this season. He currently sports a 2.88 ERA, 3.1 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 40 2/3 innings — across-the-board improvements from his last run with the Mets in 2017 — and has racked up 17 saves to boot. He’s due another $3 million for the remainder of 2018, and Rosenthal adds that the club is willing to throw some cash in the deal in order to guarantee a better return for the closer.

While the A’s have one of the better bullpens in the American League, sitting seventh-best with a 3.50 ERA and 2.8 fWAR, they still have a ways to go in order to overtake the Mariners and Astros for a postseason berth by season’s end. Familia’s contract expires at the end of the year, but he should provide enough short-term value to give the A’s the boost they need.