It was obvious that the fans at the Rogers Centre did not require a court verdict to pass judgment on their former closer as Roberto Osuna returned to Toronto for the first time since being traded to Houston.
Roberto Osuna was greeted by a chorus of boos from the crowd of just over 23,000 on Monday night. The former Blue Jays closer was summoned from the bullpen to begin the bottom of the 9th inning however the reception from the crowd was cut short as Osuna had to return to the pen while the Astros challenged a play from the top half of the inning.
Once the play was eventually reviewed, Osuna made his second entry into the game to an even louder serenade of boos. The Jays fans didn’t let up there as they continued to express their discontent with every pitch.
Osuna did manage to secure the save and the victory for the Astros who took Game 1 of the three-game series. The much-publicized court case involving Osuna is up before the courts again today and it does not appear a resolution is in sight anytime soon.
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The entire Osuna situation is unfortunate for all parties involved and especially strange considering the last time he pitched in Toronto he was a fan favourite and poised for a long career at the backend of the Blue Jays bullpen.
Osuna did not speak with reporters following the contest on the advice of his lawyer. However, his former Manager John Gibbons made mention that it “It was real weird. Kind of mixed emotions, but there was a good chance he was probably going to get it done. I’ve seen him do it too many times”
Regardless of whatever transpires in the court of law, it is quite evident that Blue Jays fans have cast their judgment and closed the book on Osuna.