Truthfully, I’m not a fan of these all out extravaganzas for a gender reveal. Maybe it’s just because I don’t have kids of my own yet, but it just seems like an awful lot and, as we’ve seen time and time again, it can sometimes turn into a downright disaster.
One of the people who decided to get in on the gender reveal stuff was David Ortiz, the former Red Sox DH and Hall of Famer who helped lead Boston to three World Series wins by cranking a ton of homers (541 to be specific), perhaps none as memorable as his game-tying Grand Slam in the 2013 ALCS or his walk off against the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS to prevent a sweep and spur the Red Sox to pull off 4 straight wins to get to the Fall Classic and break an 86 year championship drought dubbed the “Curse of the Bambino”.
As you may expect, he and his wife devised a plan that involved baseball to announce the gender of their 4th child, but things backfired when Big Papi took a mighty daddy hack and hit nothing but air.
Granted, it wasn’t a great toss and the streamers were already set to fall regardless of whether he hit it or not, but my goodness, that’s a bad look for Big Papi. Guess when he retired he really retired, it may have been his first swing since 2016 for all we know.
Obviously, it’s still exciting that they’re having a boy (not that it wouldn’t be exciting if it was a girl) and everyone celebrated as if he yanked one over the short rightfield wall at Fenway, but man, to say people are having a field day with this would be an understatement…
If you’re one of those dads who swung and missed during one of these, maybe don’t feel so bad about yourself, or maybe this is yet another reason to just stop doing these. Is the upside really that good compared to the viral beatdown you’re going to get if you embarrass yourself? Unlikely…
Anyway, congrats to Big Papi on a Lil Papi on the way.
Here’s a highlight of Ortiz mauling some baseballs to get that swing out of our heads.