For a moment, let’s forget that the Blue Jays let one slip away late to the Red Sox. If it’s easier, pretend we traveled into your mind a la Inception and removed the memory of that loss completely.
I’m just going to chalk it up to the Blue Jays just not having the pitching (both from Ricky Romero and the bullpen) that they would’ve hoped for.
Let’s put all that aside for a minute and revel in the magic that is Travis Snider.
If you didn’t see his third inning bomb to tie the game, check out the replay. Once you hear the crack of the bat, you can just tell it’s a no doubter. Throw in the bat flip for some extra style points!
In fact, there are some pretty big similarities between that home run and another off Freddy Garcia back on April 15th. Okay, really they were hit on two completely different pitches, but for some reason in my mind they seemed very similar … punctuated by the bat flip at the end.
More impressive than Snider’s fourth inning home run though was his ability to take a Jonathan Papelbon 89 MPH splitter that was below the knees and power it all the way to dead centre field (Pitch F/X courtesy of Brooks Baseball).
Those are the kinds of pitches that only Ichiro and Vladd Guerrero can reach. Yet, Travis Snider helped keep hope alive in the bottom of the ninth by going down to get this pitch and crushing it to the centre field wall.
Initially I thought Cito’s “Wheel-O-Lineup” game was getting a little ridiculous, but I think I’m warming up to keeping Travis Snider in the top half of the lineup. Maybe not necessarily in the two spot, but I can definitely see him hitting cleanup in the near future.
No matter where the manager decides to put Travis Snider, he’s going to do some damage. But it would be much better to have him do that damage with a couple of guys on base.
For now though, I will never ever get tired of seeing that patented Travis Snider bat flip.