Blue Jays: Bo Bichette continues to prove that he “gets it”
He may only be 22 years old, but the Blue Jays have a special young leader in Bo Bichette, who consistently demonstrates a mature attitude beyond his years.
It’s been a tough pill to swallow that there hasn’t been any baseball to watch for a while now, but it’s especially bitter now that the week of Opening Day has arrived.
It’s no fun for the fans, or the players, but even without having a bat or a glove in his hands, Bo Bichette has continued to impress. As has often been the case already in his short career, it’s been with his attitude.
Bichette was interviewed a couple days ago in a piece covered by Scott Mitchell of TSN, and talked about the challenges of the cancellation of the remainder of spring training, and also the delay to the start to the regular season. As usual, Bichette was mature and well spoken, demonstrating the kind of attitude that you want to see from a young leader like him, and not just on the ball diamond.
"“Yeah, man, this stuff went fast,” Bichette said. “It was nothing a week ago and just such a small matter, but now everyone has kind of realized the severity of it. We need to do what we can to help with the virus and help slow it down, but we were two weeks away from getting everything going and now we’re shut down. It’s pretty crazy.”"
While some young players take a while before they understand important things like how to speak to the media, Bichette already comes off as a veteran. Perhaps that due in part to the fact that he grew up with a father who was playing Major League Baseball, and he’s more than familiar with the environment and the demands of the job, but his maturity is obvious nearly every time he speaks.
He was at it again on Monday, using his Twitter page to reach out to Blue Jays fans, letting everyone know that he misses them, but also sending a responsible message to his followers.
You always hope that any celebrity will use their status for good, and Bichette seems to understand the importance of his influence, even at just 22 years old. That type of maturity and natural leadership will be helpful in the Blue Jays’ clubhouse in the years ahead, and will no doubt translate to the diamond as well.
The Blue Jays have plenty to be excited about when it comes to a future with Bo Bichette as their franchise shortstop. It’s even better that he provides value on and off the diamond.