Blue Jays: Who should we cheer for? Playoff bound former Jays
Feeling very torn about this one
If there’s one team that might divide the Blue Jays fan allegiances during this year’s playoffs, it’s the Cleveland Indians.
They have the most former Blue Jays on their roster, and of course, the freshest wound with their acquisition of Josh Donaldson before the trade deadline. He’s healthy and contributing now, and could be a key to their postseason hopes if he can get hot at the right time.
There’s also Edwin Encarnacion, who left after the 2016 season to head for Cleveland in a controversial free agent situation. Fans around Toronto still love and miss “Edwing”, so there’s a good chance there will be several others rooting for him.
Beyond the big two there are others like Melky Cabrera, who played in Toronto from 2013 and 2014 as the every-day left fielder. He started the season without a contract and had to spend some time in Triple-A, but his career continues. The ageless wonder that is Rajai Davis also played in Cleveland again this year, and is on the bubble for a playoff roster spot. With his speed there’s a good chance that they keep him around, but match-ups will be key as the postseason progresses.
Lastly there is one more in Yan Gomes, who was traded to Cleveland along with Mike Aviles in exchange for Esmil Rogers, in one of the worst trades in recent franchise history. Rogers was a decent pitcher, but Gomes has gone on to establish himself in Cleveland since, even earning an All-Star selection this season.
While I completely understand any Blue Jay fan who choose to cheer for Cleveland this fall, I just can’t bring myself to do it.