For the second year in a row the Blue Jays have shipped my favourite player off to another team. It’s a tragic habit. Or course, it probably wouldn’t happen if my favourite players weren’t utility infielders (I still love you, John McDonald!) and guys that were in the minors ten days ago. But Travis Snider is different. I feel like I’ve watched the kid grow up in a Jays uniform and I’m sad I won’t get to see him succeed in one, if he ever manages to figure it out.He’s just 24 years old, so I think we’ll look back at this deal and decide Alex Anthopoulos sold low, but these things happen. Now the question becomes: Who is my favourite player?
Jose Bautista is too easy and, speaking honestly, his death-stare kind of scares me. Colby Rasmus has a certain rube charm, but right-wing American nutbars also scare me these days. Plus, you know, daddy issues. Brett Lawrie is awesome, but too bro to be a favourite. Yunel Escobar doesn’t scream favourite either. JP Arencibia would likely be a leading contender, except I don’t want to get too attached. My favourite player could never be a pitcher not named Jesse Litsch, and I can’t even remember what that guy looks like.
I suppose that leaves me with Edwin Encarnation. The big lug. I do love that guy, and his recent contract means he’ll be around for a little while to come. Goodbye, Travis Snider. You will be missed and I wish you nothing but the best in the NL. Now I have to go get a new jersey.