The Reds spent the past three seasons relying on young starters to emerge, but most of them struggled mightily. Who cares about a football game after this?’ But he looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘My daddy would want me to play.’ I wasn’t going to tell him no again.”. “But the instant I told him, a huge smile broke across his face. Gray agreed to a trade from the Yankees anyway, along with a $38 million, four-year contract adding $30.5 million in guaranteed money from 2020-22. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. But it’s the unexpected maturity that sets him apart, and Gray has been earning his way on that count since his early teenage years. “An assassin.”.

Can't wait to meet little Gunnar. When Gray was 14, his father, Jesse, was killed in an automobile accident. I don’t care. That was the second I knew he was the real deal, something really special.”. Almost all athletes have a game face, but with Gray, it’s a stark, complete metamorphosis of mood, almost Jekyll and Hyde, and sometimes the edgy side sticks with him after a game, particularly a tough loss. He missed him throwing Oakland’s playoff clinchers in both 2013 and 2014. He felt comfortable joining the Reds in part because he'll be reunited with pitching coach Derek Johnson, who was his coach at Vanderbilt. “He wasn’t a great singer, but he performed. He also was a workhorse with 219 regular-season innings pitched, which was as many as both Lester and Samardzija and two more than the Giants’ own 25-year-old stud, Madison Bumgarner.

And one that life’s hardships have helped prepare him for. I think I just get a little nervous, and when I get nervous, I get quiet and focused on the task at hand. Sonny Gray has not been previously engaged. “When Sonny took the ball in that last game of the season against Texas (a six-hit shutout that clinched the A’s playoff spot), he basically took it into his own hands,” general manager Billy Beane said. Jesse Gray never missed a game, and Sonny’s biggest lament is that his dad never got to witness all the things he’s accomplished since, particularly pitching in the major leagues. Here's a photo of the couple this offseason at the Country Music Awards: Hanging out at the CMA's pic.twitter.com/qzYqOqj80I. He started at Great American for the Athletics on June 10, 2016, and gave up five hits, two runs and no homers in 7 2/3 innings of a 2-1 loss. I lava you. I don't know. Plus, Gray was encouraged that the Reds are trying to resurrect themselves from four straight seasons with at least 94 losses. The starter also knows that Great American is akin to Yankee Stadium, where he struggled mightily last season. The deal announced Monday includes a $12 million club option for 2023 that could increase the value to $50 million for five seasons and has additional performance bonuses for innings and escalators. “He pitched in a lot of big games down the stretch.” Lester said. As for his competitive spunk, infielder Eric Sogard recalled the second game of the 2013 ALDS against Detroit when Gray threw a pitch up and in on veteran Torii Hunter, who started chirping and gesturing out to the mound. They've also traded for starters Tanner Roark and Alex Wood, giving their rotation an overhaul. Elephant Rumblings: Dodgers’ 11-run inning sets MLB postseason record, Elephant Rumblings: Rays one win away from sweeping 2020 ALCS, A’s packed a ton of memories into two-plus months in 2020. He missed his first major-league start in Oakland, when he threw eight innings of four-hit shutout ball with nine strikeouts.

“We always dreamed of it and talked about it. And that’s what Sonny was, a normal kid. It just didn't work out. Sonny Gray joins Nate Freiman as a new dad this offseason after Gray's girlfriend gave birth today to a baby boy they've named Gunnar Carmack Gray, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee.. “I was interested in it, and my thinking was I could be good at it,” he said. Jesse Gray missed a lot in his son’s progression to professional stardom. By choosing I Accept, you consent to our use of cookies and other tracking technologies.

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CINCINNATI -- Sonny Gray knows what he's getting into even before he arrives in Cincinnati. The three newcomers will join Anthony DeSclafani as a foursome with significant major league experience. Away from the field, with his boyish features, diminutive stature, innocent smile and sophomoric sense of humor, Sonny Gray seems more like just another 20 … So if he is now officially the ace, Gray said, bring it on. La dernière modification de cette page a été faite le 27 septembre 2020 à 12:27. The Reds made their third offseason move to upgrade their troublesome rotation on Monday, sending infield prospect Shed Long and a high pick in this year's amateur draft to the Yankees in exchange for the 29-year-old Gray and left-hander Reiver Sanmartin. Melvin saw it then and he saw it again before the deciding Game 5, when the A’s elected to start Gray over ace Bartolo Colon. "I remember that -- some crazy little chili concoction that was delicious.". That day, Aug. 26, 2004, is when Gray was forced to become a man before most are prepared to do so.

Here's the new tyke, picture courtesy of Sonny's sister Jessica, who also reports that Gunnar was born weight six pounds, 14 ounces, and height 20¼ inches: Welcome Gunnar Carmack Gray!!! Gray made the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati but didn't pitch because he'd started the previous Sunday for Oakland. “Then, about an hour and a half after his father died, Sonny came up to me and said, ‘Coach, I’m playing in the game tonight.’ I said, ‘Oh, no, you’re not. “I didn’t get to spend a ton of time with my son before spring training, but I’m really excited about what’s ahead, just the little things, stuff I used to do with my dad,” Gray said. The deal was completed after Gray, who was eligible for free agency after the 2019 season, agreed to a deal with the Reds adding $30.5 million from 2020-22. “I was in the room before he died, and I definitely remember the tragedy of the moment,” Shadowens said. Sonny Gray joins Nate Freiman as a new dad this offseason after Gray's girlfriend gave birth today to a baby boy they've named Gunnar Carmack Gray, according to MLB.com's Jane Lee. Even if I get up and sing in front of people, it doesn’t matter. The feeling comes from watching how exceptionally close Jesse and Sonny Gray were. “It’s something that’s definitely not given to you,” he said. “He knew his kid was enormously talented, but he didn’t pressure him.