The Toronto Blue Jays have started the 2012 season well. In their first two games of the season, they had exciting games against the Cleveland Indians, beating them both times in extra innings. For a team that has expectations for the first time in awhile, you could expect them to be a little uptight at times. But when you have players like Brett Lawrie and JP Arencibia, it’s safe to say they will keep the clubhouse loose.
Lawrie – who I expect to be right behind Miguel Cabrera and Evan Longoria for the best third basemen in the American League – and Arencibia – who started the Tim Kurkjian impression craze – dressed up in the ever so sexy Dumb and Dumber tuxedos prior to their game against Cleveland on Sunday.
Said to be their Easter uniforms, the pair expect to wear them after the game as well when the team leaves Cleveland.
This just makes me love Brett Lawrie even more than I already do, and I didn’t think it was humanly possible to love him more. The kid is going to be something special. Between the talent that he possesses and his fun personality, Lawrie could emerge as one of baseball’s most likable players. I’m sure his popularity will depend on how well the Blue Jays do as a team, but I honestly think they will breeze past the Boston Red Sox and get themselves in playoff contention.
It’s going to be hard to pass the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels, and Texas Rangers as one of the American League’s top five teams, with the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers being given. But if everything goes right for Toronto, they will be there by season’s end. And players like Brett Lawrie will be the reason why. Plus, having that Jose Bautista guy helps their playoff chances, too.
As far as Arencibia is concerned, he’s solid option at catcher. But no where near as special as the next big thing, Brett Lawrie.
Blue Jays’ fans have a fun team on their hands. And I’m looking forward to watching them develop into one of the better teams in baseball.