Travis Snider: Shredder of Lumber
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It wasn’t all that long ago when many were questioning whether Travis Snider would even make the Opening Day roster.
After a rough first couple of first weeks in Spring Training, there was a distinct possibility that he could have been taken out back and put through the proverbial wood chipper.
Now it’s Snider who is shredding the lumber.
After swatting two home runs on Thursday’s game against the Orioles, Snider has bumped his batting average up to .273 thanks in part to three home runs in three straight at bats.
It may have taken him a little while to get warmed up, but does this mean the real Travis Snider has finally stood up?
Some believe that a huge part of this team’s success in 2010 hinges on whether or not Vernon Wells can step it up. On the other hand, I believe it rests on the shoulders of none other than the Great Big Giant White Pasty Hope (TM Tao of Stieb) himself, Travis Snider.
As the highest paid player on the roster for many years to come, financially the Blue Jays have a great deal invested in Vernon Wells. However, I believe the Blue Jays have much more invested in the future of Travis Snider.
Over the past two seasons, Travis Snider has been called up to the big leagues three times. And in each of those instances, he brought an air of hope with him that no other Blue Jay has duplicated in recent memory.
Even if the Blue Jays were completely out of contention, the news that Travis Snider would be added to the roster signalled a wave of enthusiasm and excitement to an otherwise inconsequential season.
It’s a similar feeling that fans will also hopefully get to experience when Brett Wallace and Kyle Drabek eventually make their major league debuts in the near future.
At 22 years old, the best years of Travis Snider’s career are still on the horizon. The future for him is as bright as his complexion.