Blue and Orange fits him well, don’t ya think? Nah? I don’t think so either.
Bay is quite the ball player and the baseball world has taken notice. I’m so proud that my favorite player is making the big bucks after proving himself worthy the past few years.
$66 million is a whole heck of a lot of money. Bay will make $16.5 million a year, playing for the Mets and he will be worth every penny.
Bay is the definition of a major league baseball player. He puts up the numbers, comes through in the clutch and is good with the fans and media. You really can’t ask for anything greater than that when searching for a player to build your team around.
Bay batted for 100 RBIs and 30 home runs in back to back seasons with the Red Sox. In Pittsburgh he was just as productive with 2005 and 2006 being his best years when he belted over 30 HRs and 100 RBIs in each of those seasons. He has always flirted with the .300 mark in batting average making him one of the best combinations of power and average in the league. He has consistently hit above .900 is OPS in every season he has been in the MLB.
It was an absolute joy watching him play nearly 5 seasons in Pittsburgh. He was “the guy” for
the Pirates and fans flocked to him. There’s no question Bay shirts and jerseys were the hottest selling Pirate item during his time here. His batting song “Down with the Sickness” by Disturbed could be played miles around the Pittsburgh area and fans would recognize it mostly because it was played for Bay.
There is some skepticsm about the trading of Bay and the return we got for him, however it was necessary. There was no way the Pirates would be able to afford such a fine player. This was evident even with the amount the Red Sox paid him, which was at and above $6 million. My goodness I would love to be able to pay that much for a star player, seems like a peanut amount to you big market fans doesn’t it?
I do think the Pirates unloaded him at the right time. Having been involved in a 3-way deal with the Dodgers, Red Sox and obviously the Pirates- Andy LaRoche, Brandon Moss and Bryan Morris and Craig Hanson (minor league relievers).
LaRoche and Moss were forced into starting positions and mostly underachieved. However, with a little time, patience and practice they very well could blossom to their full potential. Will either of them match the performance of Jason Bay? Probably not but good numbers
(.280, 20, 70) are definitely achievable in the pair.
Jason Bay is my favorite player. His outlook and demeanor are straightforward and welcoming. He isn’t boastful with his abilities and his ego isn’t inflated liek other players of his caliber. I do think he will fit in as a New Yorker, because he is so easy going. The bright lights of the Big Apple may be something new for him to adjust to, but the Trail, British Columbia knows what is at stake in a new surrounding. He may be on a short leash with fans if his performance falters, if so he will always have one fan who always has his back-ME.
Don’t worry Jason, I’m planning your triumphant August 20th homecoming to PNC Park already!
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