Sep 1, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop
(17) makes a catch of a pop foul hit by Cleveland Indian right fielder
(not pictured) in the second inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Exhibit C: Goins’ Range
Remember when we said that the effort and hustle rubs off on players? The younger guys feed off of the big boys working hard. Well, Ryan Goins showed an example of this against the Indians. He had to bust it nearly 125 feet to bring in this harmless foul ball. Now, we know the defensive prowess of Ryan Goins. We know what he’s capable of.
But, it does highlight the effort that we’re seeing on the field. It is another example of the hard work that Blue Jays fans love to see. Even if he didn’t come up with that catch, fans love the effort. And, realistically speaking, that ball could have easily fallen in. If it had, no harm would have been done. Foul ball.
But, what it does is gives them an out. Rather than the batter getting another chance to hit, he heads back to the bench and the Blue Jays are one step closer to hitting again. Again, the effort put forth results in helping his team win. And, as stated previously, an out here or there can make a huge difference in a playoff series.
This play shows the level of confidence with which this team is playing. They’re going to try to get to every ball. They’re going to do the little things to help their team. This results in winning, but it also results in fans getting a much better show when they walk through the gates or tune in on TV.
Next: Exhibit C: Tulo Two Step