The signing resembled the changing culture of the team and showed the financial muscle that comes with being in one of the largest MLB markets.
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On Tuesday afternoon fans got their first peek at the three-time All-Star and Springer did not disappoint, ripping a single up the middle in his first plate appearance as a Blue Jay.
"“I generally just see the ball and hit the ball,” Springer told reporters. “As Spring Training goes along, you’re not facing a new guy every inning, you’re starting to face the same guy over and over again. Sequences are starting to change, the game plans are starting to change, so as the spring progresses, it becomes more of a season-like feel.”"
In his first at-bat with Toronto, the 31-year-old definitely saw the ball well and indeed hit it.
The sight of the ball piercing the middle of the Phillies’ infield was not uncommon for the career .270 hitter.
Toronto Blue Jays: The relentless optimism of Spring Training
If Spring is a time for growth, re-birth and change, then Spring Training baseball is a time for fans to dream big about their favourite team. Everything feels possible during the Spring, in life and in baseball.
Seeing the Blue Jays back on the field, especially given the challenges of the past year, sparks a sense of imagination and wonder at what the future may hold.
With the 2017 World Series MVP in tow, that future is now present and it is firing up the fanbase and ball club.
"“It was a little weird, just because I’ve been so accustomed to the same thing for basically my whole career,” Springer said to reporters. “But it’s a new opportunity. I’m excited about it. … I really like the blue. It’s a good colour. It was a little weird, but I’m kind of over it. It’s fun and I enjoy it.”"
Springer certainly looked good in blue and fans got to revel in the possibilities for the 2021 Blue Jays season. The sky is the limit. The rest of baseball has been warned.
What was your takeaway from George Springer’s debut on Tuesday? How far do you think the Blue Jays can go this season? Let us know in the comments below.