There was no doubt about it, today was all about J.P. Arencibia.
As I watched it all unfold from my seat at the Rogers Centre, I couldn’t believe what was happening. Not everyone realized it at the time, but history was made today.
J.P. Arencibia was the first player since the year 1900 to hit two home runs and have four hits in his major league debut (hat tip to Jordan Bastian). When it comes to big league debuts, you could not have asked for more from J.P. Arencibia.
Another interesting thing happened at the ballpark this afternoon as well. Within the matter of two at bats, Arencibia had the crowd in the palm of his hands. By the time he stepped into the box to take his fifth at bat, the crowd was on their feet chanting “J.P. J.P. J.P. J.P”.
Incredibly, J.P. Arencibia transformed into a Blue Jays fan favourite in just a matter of one afternoon.
I joked about it earlier this afternoon about the Jays Shop having to hurry up and start printing J.P. Arencibia jerseys, but low and behold they already had them in stock. And I don’t doubt that they were already sold out by the end of the day.
Aside from maybe Travis Snider, can you recall a player in recent memory that has conjured up this much excitement in a Blue Jays uniform?
Many wondered whether J.P. Arencibia’s power numbers in the Pacific Coast League would translate over to the Major Leagues. If you need an indication whether it was a success or not, just look at his numbers today.
All it took was one pitch to make his presence felt in the city of Toronto. And you know what? I think it was love at first sight.
When I become that senile old man at the ballpark who reminisces about the days of yore, this is one of the games that I will look back on a remember with very fond memories.
Welcome to the show, J.P. Arencibia. If your debut was any indication of what’s in store, you’ll have many more curtain calls, shaving cream pies and Gatorade dunkings in the near future.