Video – Marco Estrada Signs With The A’s, So We Just Wanted To Say Thanks

Shug McSween Jan 26, 2019

Source: When Marco Estrada was traded to Toronto on Nov.1, 2014 from the Milwaukee Brewers for fan favourite Adam Lind, it didn’t appear as though his time with the Blue Jays was going to be very pleasant.

Estrada had heard “horror stories” about playing for Canada’s Team — having to go through customs every road trip, the high taxes, etc. And then he began to hear what many Jays fans thought of the trade. And it wasn’t good.

“Not the greatest things were being said about me,” Estrada said with a laugh, during an interview with the Toronto Sun on Friday night. “And that’s what made me kind of get off that whole social media thing. But I told myself, ‘I’m going to make it a goal to turn these fans around.’ And I think I did that.”

He certainly did. In his four years with Toronto, the crafty right-hander endeared himself to the Blue Jays fans mostly, of course, because of his success on the mound. But also with the way he carried himself, his modest/laid-back demeanour. It didn’t hurt that Estrada was sort of an ‘Everyman’ on the mound. He didn’t have overpowering stuff, instead relying on a lights-out change up to go with a 87-91mph fastball, which he used to great effectiveness, especially when he was healthy (he also used a curve ball and cutter).

Estrada struggled the last two years in Toronto because of back and hip problems. Still, many Jays fans were sorry to hear that Estrada signed a one-year deal with the Oakland A’s this week, reportedly for $4 million. Estrada said he wanted to finish his career in Toronto, but it just didn’t work out, and he wouldn’t say whether the Jays offered him another contract. (The Jays wouldn’t comment). What he would say was how much he and his family loved playing north of the border.

Thank you, Marco.

Thank you for always being a gamer. Thank you for always taking the ball every fifth day, even if it meant after the game you wouldn’t be able to sit because of how bad your back felt. Thank you for always showing up in the playoffs, and pitching your ass off.

Thank you for throwing 88mph and having the best hitters in baseball be late on the pitch, all because your previous changeup looked like the exact same pitch. Thank you for giving back to the community and being a good teammate. Thank you for giving the Blue Jays a chance, every time you touched the rubber.

Enjoy the West Coast, and let’s hope Clayton Richard and Matt Shoemaker are half as good as you. We aren’t holding our breath.



Shug McSween

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