WORCESTER — Wilyer Abreu’s most important swing didn’t come during the WooSox game on Saturday.
It came after.
In a planned gender reveal following Worcester’s 8-7 win over Lehigh Valley at Polar Park, Abreu swung at an offering from his pregnant wife, Kelly Valera, who tossed a baseball underhand from a few feet away from home plate. With his entire team watching, Abreu smacked the ball into a blue cloud of powder.
It’s a boy!
“It was the best pitch to hit,” Abreu said through English/Spanish translator and teammate Narciso Crook. “… It feels amazing, it feels great, it’s incredible how happy I am, and it’s to the point where I can’t put it into words. So I’m super excited, super happy.”
It’s a boy!
Outfielder Wilyer Abreu performs a ⚾️ gender reveal with his wife, Kelly Valera, after the WooSox’ win today. pic.twitter.com/w5CrV4pnmS
— Tommy Cassell (@tommycassell44) June 25, 2023
Abreu went 1 for 4 with a single, run and two RBIs to help his team improve to 38-36 on the season. It also happened to be the Venezuelan-born outfielder’s 24th birthday on Saturday.
“It feels really good just to be here with my teammates and to be able to celebrate it with all the guys,” Abreu said.
“He got two RBIs and got another baby coming through,” Crook said. “Beautiful.”
The 6-foot, 215-pound lefty is batting .263 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs across 156 at-bats for the WooSox this season. Abreu, who entered the year as the 22nd-ranked prospect in the Sox organization (according to Baseball America), is currently in his sixth professional season and first full season with the Red Sox organization.
So what were people expecting from the gender reveal? Boy or girl?
“Team girl,” WooSox outfielder Marcus Wilson said.
“I was thinking boy,” WooSox manager Chad Tracy said.
“I wanted a girl,” Crook added. “I was team girl the whole time, but it’s a boy, so I’m very happy for them, very excited for them, and this is awesome.”
It’s a sentiment shared by Abreu, who made the biggest swing of his life on Saturday. He’s excited to welcome a baby boy to the world soon.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” Abreu said. “I’m very, very happy and very, very excited.”
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