There wasn’t too much for Jays fans to enjoy in last night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. The sole highlight for the home side was this home run from Edwin Encarnacion – and it happened to be his 200th as a Blue Jay.
Other than that, it was ALL White Sox, led by the excellent pitching of Chris Sale, who’s off to a stellar start with the AL-Central leading ChiSox. While he was solid throughout, there was one miscue last night that actually turned into a pretty hilarious moment. It involved Sale and catcher Dioner Navarro, who you may remember was a Blue Jay for the last two seasons. Have a look:
Sale already had a ball in his hand, and was not paying attention when Navarro went to throw him another. He didn’t even notice, and it nearly hit him in the head. Even after, he had no idea where it came from. As you can see, Navarro tries to blame it on the crowd.
I could watch this over and over, I still get a kick out of it. Of course, the ump sells Navarro out and the two share a hearty laugh over it. It’s a refreshing change, because I’m so used to only paying much attention to the umpires when they’re getting angry and tossing people out of the game… Or, you know, staring down Jose Bautista.
That little display from Navarro made me really miss the guy. Of course, he was brought in back in 2014 to be the Jays’ everyday catcher, but then lost that job last year when the Jays brought in Russell Martin. He even went so far as to say he wanted a trade before last season started to a team where he could play every day. That’s not even the first time Navarro had lost his job to Martin either – it happened 10 years prior in Los Angeles. He was never going to return to Toronto while Martin is around – he’s too good and too expensive to be a backup. But he seems to be fitting in with the White Sox pretty well, and I’m happy for him for that reason.
But I definitely miss having him around Toronto. I mean, look at him rocking this Toronto Police hat following the Jays’ ALDS win last year:
Talk about badass!
I also miss the ribbing Manager John Gibbons gave him during the playoffs last year:
John Gibbons: “You got Navarro on third, he’s tough to score on a bunt. Well, he’s tough to score on a home run.” #BlueJays
— Ken Elrick II (@DrPatchbeard) October 12, 2015
The good thing is that he’s pretty adept at socking dingers. THIS ONE he hit last night is yet another reason why I miss having this guy around.
Here’s to a better game against the White Sox tonight!
As of August 26, 2016, Dioner Navarro is a Blue Jay again! The Jays acquired him in a trade with the White Sox for minor league left-hander Colton Turner. Here’s to more great performances between the battery of Navarro and Marco Estrada!