Anthony Bass is a soon-to-be father of three children and his wife celebrated the baby shower of their expected baby boy on Sunday soon after the Blue Jays pitcher stirred up a controversy on social media.
“We got to celebrate my sweet Sonny boy yesterday,” his wife Sydney Rae Bass posted on Instagram. “It was the perfect day and more incredible than I could have ever imagined. So very bless to have so many amazing family members and friends love on Sonny and me.”
She along with her sister Jessie James Decker posted photos of the celebratory pool-side day decked out in red, white, and blue balloons, a big lightbulb “Sonny” sign, baseball glove and bat decorations, and an elaborate baseball cake with “little slugger” written on the edible baseball bat.
Anthony and Sydney shared two daughters together, 5-year-old Brooklyn and 2-year-old Blaire.
Sydney Rae Bass pictured with her daughters Brooklyn and Blaire at her baby shower for her expected son Sonny.Instagram/ @sydneyraebass
Sonny’s baseball cake at Anthony Bass’ wife’s baby shower.Instagram/@sydneyraebass
The celebration comes after Bass shared a video on his Instagram story that detailed an urgent message for people to boycott Target and Bud Light as both companies have ongoing LGBTQ+ campaigns.
The post came before the Blue Jays began celebrating Pride Month with rainbow flag jerseys as part of their festivities on June 9 and 10.
Last week Bass, 35, made a statement to reporters about the incident but he did not take questions.
“As of right now, I am using the Blue Jays’ resources to better educate myself to make better decisions moving forward,” he said. “The ballpark is for everybody. We include all fans at the ballpark. We want to welcome everybody. That’s all I have to say.”
However, the apology was not enough for Toronto manager John Schneider or the Blue Jays fans.
Anthony Bass makes a statement to the media about his anti-LGBTQ+ post before playing the Milwaukee Brewers.Getty Images
“It’s not going to be a 15 or 30-second apology and say, ‘OK, I did my part,’ ” Schneider told reporters Tuesday. “There’s going to be continued work with the resources we do have to try to show that he’s understanding that he made a mistake.”
“We’re going to continue to make the Rogers Centre a very welcoming place for everyone to come to,” he added. “It doesn’t reflect our views as an organization.”
Bass was also met with loud boos from the nearly sold out crowd at Rogers Centre (42,205) as the reliever ran to the mound from the bullpen in the ninth inning on Wednesday against the Milwaukee Brewers as the city’s landmark CN tower glowed with Pride colors.
Anthony Bass and wife Sydney Rae Bass with their two daughters.Instagram/@sydneyraebass
The crowd never died down through much of the half-inning Bass pitched, but his performance didn’t waver.
He gave up a walk before getting Joey Wiemer to pop up and striking out Christian Yelich to end the inning in the eventual 4-2 loss.
In April, Bass was also in the spotlight over an alleged incident with United Airlines, in which Sydney at 22-weeks pregnant was asked to “get on her hands and knees to pick up the popcorn mess” left by their daughter Blaire.
He has since deleted his tweet, the read “The flight attendant @united just made my 22 week pregnant wife traveling with a 5 year old and 2 year old get on her hands and knees to pick up the popcorn mess by my youngest daughter. Are you kidding me?!?!”
He eventually confirmed that United Airlines “is taking care of matters with the flight attendant internally.”