I know it’s all boners and blow jobs right now, but I don’t care. I tweeted (feel free to follow me here) during the game that watching Aaron Cibia’s first home run was one of those moments that makes being a Blue Jays supporter, and even a baseball fan in general, rewarding. Yeah, it’s a sentimental thought, especially for this blog, but fuck it.
How often is a rookie ball player going to respond like that to his first at bat at the highest possible level of competition? And then his second? Third? And fourth? The only words I can use to describe witnessing that display are the same flowery terms I’d normally mock or direct my scorn toward.
This cynical fuck couldn’t even bring himself to mock the excitement of Cibia’s family, including the proudest mother of all time, who could barely contain tears of joy at her son’s debut.
I have no doubt that the Jays overcoming the Rays by a football score will soon be forgotten, but Cibia’s performance should be remembered for a long time to come.
Speaking of Cibia, I’ve been corrected countless times by several different geniuses on Twitter, informing me that the Jays newest masher is actually named J.P. Arencibia.
Two summers ago, I had just moved into a new place and without a cable hook up, I found an unprotected wireless network through my computer. After finding an illegal stream, I noticed that there was a chat window for the game that, to my surprise, wasn’t full of idiots. I joined in the discussion, and soon found a few like minded commenters.
There was one guy in particular who consistently brought up good points about the game. As the match wore on, the discussion shifted to the Jays farm system. We went through a few of the team’s prospects until my new brilliant buddy told those logged into the chat to not “forget about that Aaron Cibia guy, either.”
I’m not sure if the rest of the participants, like me, didn’t have the heart to tell him or if they were simply talking out of their ass the whole time, but the Aaron Cibia handle stuck, and for me, it will continue to stick.