The Toronto Blue Jays 2019 season has already provided fans with some rather great baseball moments
I have to admit I’ve been at a loss, and it has made me quiet and pensive this Blue Jays season. It has been the season – so far – of projections and guessing timelines. So many takes, so much analysis and so little real information. I’ve read them all, and I sat back and just began watching. This has been the saving grace to my sanity. The problem was, I was coming about this baseball season all wrong. It’s not a Blue Jays lovers season, this season of transition and rebuild, but it is a baseball lovers season.
As much as most Blue Jays fans are thinking that this is going to be a lost year, my challenge is to look for those great baseball moments we all love to watch no matter what the actual outcome of the game may be. Believe it or not, there have been many. So what great to watch plays have been had so far? There’s quite a list and it’s only the end of April!
It all started with Marcus Stroman. The walks to start the game were concerning yes, but his outing ended with 7 strong innings where he allowed only 2 hits and struck out 7 It was a great start with some fabulous pitches to watch. That was quite the cutter.
A stand out, beautiful baseball moment would be Socrates Brito’s diving catch. In his second game with the Blue Jays, Brito was able to rob Cleveland’s Tyler Naquin of an extra base hit. He was airborne, he was horizontal. Watching this will have you saying “Superman who?”…
In the “when defense is done right” category, we have Randal Grichuk with a diving catch in centre field that had all the feelings of excitement and anticipation we have come to love from a Blue Jay centre fielder. Handsome Randy may not be a fan of flare, but his game says the opposite.
Danny Jansen already has a hashtag going, #DontRunOnDanny and as we move through the season, it’s easy to see why he is earning this reputation. Leaping for a pitch gone wrong, Jansen makes the grab and throws a laser to third, getting the out. Bliss. Watch HERE
Next is the Rowdy Tellez no doubter home run that had the measuring experts toying with the possibility that he had surpassed Ted Williams 1946 502 foot home run distance record. While the previous record still stands, it was a great baseball moment to watch, and the speculation was incredulous rather than frustrating.
Lourdes Gurriel jr. accomplished something you can wait a whole season to see. There are seasons where it doesn’t happen at all. The beauty that is a steal of home is just pure baseball joy, and it was a pleasure to watch Gurriel jr. execute it perfectly.
The beauty of an amazing throw from Teoscar Hernandez deep in the left field corner to Freddy Galvis, who then threw a strike to Danny Jansen to get the out at home, was a baseball symphony, perfectly executed. This is a moment that can sustain any baseball lover.
Now of course when talking about great baseball moments, Freddy Galvis’ name is going to come up again. If you had the chance to see this play unfold, ending with an incredible bare-handed catch backwards no less, there’s a chance you’re still talking about it.
Truth be told, a rebuild year can be difficult to sit through. Let’s face it, winning is just more fun. Before all is lost, perhaps it’s time to give in to the love of the game, sit back and enjoy the great baseball moments to be had. There are going to be many of them, and some might even take your breath away given the chance.
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Catherine Stem is a Blue Jays fan and writer who has combined both of these great things by writing for Jays From the Couch. Through all the ups and downs of baseball, all aspects of the game are explored. Keeping a close eye on the Blue Jays Triple A team, the Buffalo Bisons has also become part of her make-up.