After news broke that the Toronto Blue Jays acquired OF John Mayberry Jr. there was lots of reaction among fans. Most were not over the moon about it while others were intrigued. But, there is one person who may not be thrilled by it. Very soon after the deal was announced, Dalton Pompey voiced his apparent opinion.
This trade by the Blue Jays would appear to put one more name in front of Pompey’s on the depth charts.
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After rocketing through the minor leagues, it is easy to see how Pompey could almost taste the big league buffet. But, he may have to wait a bit longer in line as there was a customer who just snuck in ahead of him.
Of course, one could argue that his tweet had something to do with the Buffalo Bisons officially being eliminated from the playoffs last night after losing to Syracuse. Perhaps it was Pompey’s effort in that game that provided the hope. Perhaps it was the late rally and comeback. And then with Syracuse hit a walk off home run to eliminate the Herd to end it in a “blink of an eye”. It would appear that people who read the tweet are thinking he is talking about the Bisons’ playoff hopes based on the comments.
But, the timing of the comment and the ‘out of the blue’ nature of this deal could lead one to think he is referring to the obstacle that Mayberry Jr presents to Pompey’s climb to the top.
Remember, he moved 3 levels this year. It might be a surprise if he was THAT invested in Buffalo’s playoff run. His quick rise would probably have created a sense of ‘hope’ within himself that, just maybe, he would see the turf of Rogers Centre. He can’t be blamed for looking beyond the AAA playoffs.
But, would he? It was announced recently that Pompey would be heading to the Arizona Fall League this year. Given that, it may not even be likely that the Blue Jays call him up this September. Of course, with his sights set on The Show, this may not be at the front of his mind.
Perhaps all Dalton Pompey sees is another guy picking away at the buffet before he even gets to grab a plate, making his wait even longer. OR, maybe he is mature beyond his years and is a fervent team player who was ‘all in’ for Buffalo’s run and is just voicing his disappointment and heart ache.