Now that the trade deadline has passed fans should focus on the exciting future ahead of this team, and one with an exciting young core of talent.
Wednesday’s trade deadline could be classified as chaotic, frustrating, disappointing or disastrous (or all four) depending on who you ask. Many may be preparing to send a very frustrated tweet to the Toronto Blue Jays’ official Twitter, demanding answers for Wednesday’s trade deadline, but I beg that you put your displeasure on hold for just a few minutes.
Save your tweet in your drafts and maybe come back to it later because there’s a chance that during Wednesday’s roller coaster ride of emotions, many big time moments have gone unappreciated.
Bo Bichette is finally up with the major league club and he knocked his first big league home run during Wednesday’s victory over the Kansas City Royals, the team’s third consecutive victory in a row. It is a shame that the long-anticipated reunion of Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio has been overshadowed by the controversial trades made by the front office over the last few days.
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On Monday, Bichette, Biggio and Guerrero took the field together for the first time ever at the major league level and Biggio celebrated the occasion by sending a go-ahead home run into the stands at Kauffman Stadium.
The good times continued to roll on Tuesday and this time it was Guerrero’s turn to join the party as the 20-year old third baseman launched his second grand slam of the season, powering the Blue Jays to another victory.
Guerrero was rested on Wednesday afternoon but this did not stop his former minor league teammates from continuing to play at a high level. Bichette, who for months felt like a student who had watched all his friends graduate while he was left behind, finally had his welcome to the big leagues’ moment, knocking out his first MLB home run on a day where he also recorded three hits.
The energy around this Blue Jays’ team has certainly changed since Bichette arrived just a few days ago and it has been noticeable, especially at the plate. Over the three-game sweep of the Royals, the trio of Bichette, Biggio and Guerrero have hit three home runs while posting a slash line of .382/.461/.706.
Do the math and that is an OPS of 1.167.
The bottom line is this: the Sanchez and Stroman era has come and gone. No amount of angry tweets or emails are going to bring them back or reverse the deals the front office have made.
The good news though is that the future is finally here and earlier than expected as there was no service clock manipulation on Bichette’s arrival like some thought. The day the Blue Jays fan base has been waiting for has finally come, the kids have arrived and are playing their hearts out and yet it does not seem as euphoric as many imagined it would be.
Bichette’s reunion with Guerrero and Biggio was supposed to be marked with happy faces and celebration, but instead it has been clouded by confusion and frustration. While you certainly have good reason to be disappointed with the front office for the Stroman and Sanchez deals , let’s not let it overwrite the monumental days that followed Bichette’s arrival any longer.