The past couple of weeks have given Blue Jays fans a chance to reflect on what was truly a memorable season.
Marcus Semien captured his first Gold Glove award, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won the Hank Aaron Award, and three Blue Jays players were named Silver Sluggers.
This recognition has made us feel things. I will try to capture these emotions using emojis.
Blue Jays Award Winners: Emoji Reactions
When Toronto signed Semien to a one-year deal last offseason, there was some level of risk and doubt involved. Sure, he was a top-3 MVP candidate in 2019, but he had never approached those numbers in any of his other season.
Obviously the move worked out, as Semien moved to second base and hit more home runs than anyone ever has from that position in a single season.
He also played at an elite level defensively. When he was recognized for that by winning the Gold Glove, it filled Blue Jays fans’ hearts with pride and well-deserved satisfaction.
Emoji Reaction: 👍 👏 💯
However, when it comes to Semien’s free agency, Jays supporters may use a different set of emojis: 🤔 🤷♂️🤑
Seeing Guerrero Jr. at MLB Network studios, accepting the Hank Aaron Award was a highlight of last week. He explained his approach at the plate and spoke without the help of an interpreter.
Vladdy blossomed this year and for him to win the award given to the best offensive player, named after a giant in the game, was truly special.
Emoji reaction: 🥰😤🤗
Teoscar Hernández has really put it all together over the past two seasons. He’s become one of the most productive outfielders in the league and was named a Silver Slugger for the second straight year.
The fact that Semien and Guerrero Jr. took home the same piece of hardware for their respective positions had Jays fans in a jovial and adoring mood.
Much like Hernández, Robbie Ray seemed to reach a new level of focus and success this season. He led the American League in several categories, including ERA and strikeouts.
His hard work and dedication earned Ray a Cy Young Award finalist nomination. He’ll be up against Gerrit Cole and Lance Lynn and is considered to be the favourite.
Emoji reaction (if Ray wins):😄👖💙
Emoji reaction (if Ray doesn’t win):😞😕🤬
Both Guerrero Jr. and Semien have been named finalists for AL MVP, although Los Angeles Angels dynamo Shohei Ohtani is the favourite.
Emoji reaction (if Guerrero Jr. wins): 😃🤩🎉
Emoji reaction (if Guerrero Jr. doesn’t win): 🙄☹️😡
Although Semien had a tremendous season, the emoji reaction if he finishes anywhere other than in third place: 🤯
Alek Manoah’s emergence this season went a long way towards turning the starting rotation from a question mark to a strength. Although he wasn’t named a finalist, Manoah likely did enough to finish in the top five in Rookie of the Year award voting.
Emoji reaction (if Manoah finishes top 5): 🤙👋
Emoji reaction (if Manoah finishes outside the top 5): 😕
The events of next week are sure to evoke some sort of emotional response. Don’t be afraid of your feelings, just make sure to keep your devices close and to use the proper emojis. 😀