We Love Yu


There was one thing very apparent the minute I checked into Archi’s liveblog of the Jays/Orioles series finale: people are already falling in love with Yunel Escobar.

And you know what? There’s already a lineup to get to the front of the Yuney Fanclub.

Even though the Blue Jays have had absolutely no problem launching home run after home run, the one thing that alluded them was a grand slam. Leave it up to Escobar to break that streak and also hit his very first home run in of the season.

After just three games with the club, part of me wants to keep saying “small sample size, whatever whatever” and not get too excited about Yunel’s tremendous start.

However, the other side wanted to scream “HOLY SHIT YUNEL ESCOBAR JUST KILLED A BALL!” as I started salivating like a 12-year old suffering from Bieber Fever.

I think it’s safe to say most of us are optimistic about what Yunel Escobar will bring to the table for the Blue Jays in the next few years. Maybe he really did need a change of scenery, but I brought this up in the comments a few days ago.

Often times, athletes can be misunderstood and things can easily get lost in translation and people might misconstrue these players as being “difficult” when really it’s just them not able to convey themselves in a language other than their native tongue.

Callum from Mop Up Duty made a great point: Roberto Alomar was a “flamboyant” player, and look where it got him … just steps away from being enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

After yesterday, consider me officially on board as a member of the Yuney Fanclub. As a trio of wise Canadian poets once said, “I Love Yu”.

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Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.



  1. Ian H.

    July 19, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Ryan, I think that's my favourite nickname for Escobar I've seen so far. You are a brilliant man for coming up with it – make sure you trademark it before somebody else does!

  2. Matt_CC

    July 19, 2010 - 3:38 pm

    I'm not trying to be an ass but Alomar is in 'eh' Baseball HoF.

    Also, I jumped on the Yunel fan wagon as soon as the trade was announced!

  3. Ian H.

    July 19, 2010 - 4:14 pm

    Matt, sorry if I sounded a little misleading – I meant he's "this close" to being into the HoF (next year hopefully). But the Eh HoF counts too!

  4. Ian H.

    July 19, 2010 - 7:45 pm

    I'm not, but I think the Braves are.

    Archi, I hope you make that your new display pic.

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