Because why not?
Here’s where I’ll post whatever thoughts occur to me as the Jays introduce one of the key pieces of The Trade is introduce to the local media, which you can watch on BlueJays.com right here.
And, y’know, you can talk about it amongst yourselves in the comments, too, I suppose.
Here we go…
- “Jose is my favourite player in the league to watch,” says Alex Anthopoulos, citing all the ridiculously fantastic reasons why Reyes is going to be a favourite here.
- “As a baseball player, it doesn’t matter where you play, whether it’s on an artifical surface or on turf,” he says, responding to a question from Wilner about potentially taking it a little bit easy due to the injury issues he’s had with his legs. This jibes with something that John Buck said when he was briefly part of the club again, about Reyes still going out there and stealing bases when he
- “Good friend of mine!” Reyes says when asked about Tony Fernandez. Nails!
- Anthopoulos loves triples, thinks that it’s very rare to be able to get a player like Reyes, who is so good at so much– and also a top-of-the-lineup catalyst, which he thinks is a harder thing to find these days.
- Did I miss this? Is my feed delayed? Whatever the case, it happened:
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) January 17, 2013
- Wait, what? That’s it? R.A. Dickey got like 45 minutes! Granted, he’s a talker, and real comfortable with reporters– not that Reyes isn’t– but… really?
Yep. That’s it. The media-types are surely now scrumming it up with Anthopoulos, and maybe Reyes himself– and I’m sure we’ll see the results of that later– but for those of us watching at home, we get about fifteen minutes. And no French! The full Dickey video, which is posted at Sportsnet, runs 38:54! (Granted, most of that was the amount of time it took him to get his jersey on. HEYO!)
But I get it. That’s not really what this stuff is about– it’s more about getting the club and the excitement surrounding it into the papers and onto the local news stations in mid-January, so all that goodwill doesn’t just disappear from the landscape until Spring Training starts to heat up. So… good on them.
And though his appearance was brief, Reyes did not disappoint in the being the awesome department.
GIF via @ScottJohnson48.