It’s that season again, ladies and gents! The time when everyone removes their Leafs toques and whips out their Jays caps. After last October, everybody wants to show their support for Canada’s team, but if you don’t watch baseball, you probably don’t know the men behind that logo on your forehead. No judgement! That’s okay! You don’t have to watch the game to love our team (and it’s a damn attractive team at that). So, here’s the lowdown on those baseball babes (in no particular order because that’s like picking your favourite child).
JOSE BAUTISTA, #19
First things first, Jose Bautista (or should we say, Bae-tista) is the face of the Jays, and what a beautiful face it is. You know him from the bat flip that electrified the nation and became an international meme. You can be sure that if something is happening, Joey Bats has an opinion and he’s probably telling someone about it. Loudly. And if he’s not batting or talking, we can guarantee he is engaged in some sort of convoluted stretch. After all, there’s a reason he’s one of our top booty picks. It has also been #confirmed by the man himself that his fabulous beard is the source of his batting power.
JOSH DONALDSON, #20
MVP! MVP! MVP! Josh Donaldson was the 2015 MVP, and he has the bobble-head to prove it. The Bringer of Rain is hot and we don’t just mean in the looks department. He’s been swinging his bat like crazy and is currently leading the league in home runs. Plus, he and Bautista are definitely friend goals. Our boy is also capable of throwing major shade, his voice sounds startlingly like Owen Wilson’s, and he has appeared on a few episodes of the History Channel’s Vikings. His haircut is slightly unfortunate, but you can’t tell with his hat on, so we’ll get over it, and instead just stare at those baby blues.
KEVIN PILLAR, #11
This man is superman. If a ball was hit inside the ballpark, Pillar can catch it. He is our star runner and plays center field like it’s nobody’s business. Plus, the man apparently has a chin of steel, as he cracked Tulowizki’s collarbone in a collision and was able to walk it off. Also, if somebody is getting doused in Gatorade after a game, Pillar is definitely behind it.
MARCUS STROMAN, #6
Marcus Stroman is the ultimate fangirl and Toronto boy. Born and raised in NYC, he was disappointed to have to come to little ol’ T.O. to play in the major leagues. But he’s more than made up for it now! He loves Drake and the Raptors and would shout his love for the 6ix from the top of the C.N. Tower if given the opportunity. Fun Fact: He’s only 5 foot 8 and loves to prove that HDMH (height doesn’t measure heart).
TROY TULOWITZKI, #2
Troy Tulowitzki is an actual ballerina and his makeup is always on point. He loves to utilize a little spin for momentum between his catching and throwing, making him one of our most graceful players. He didn’t originally want to come to Toronto, but after he (and his adorable son) were welcomed so warmly, he changed his mind. Also, this season we had to say good-bye to Tulo’s floppy old pancake glove. This may not seem like real news, but there was A LOT of talk about it.
MARCO ESTRADA, #25
Marco Estrada is a pure babe, a classic beauty. Originally from Mexico, he is one of our most solid pitchers (some would argue the best). He’s probably the team’s #2 fangirl (after Stroman, of course). Estrada is also the only one on the team (or in baseball, really) who can wear those high baseball socks and make it work. In a nutshell: this man is a masterpiece.
RYAN GOINS, #17
Ryan Goins is our resident cutie. When he got his first home run this season, his mom was at the game and he shared with the press that he told her she couldn’t rag on his batting anymore. His position is second base, but he ends up all over the in-field and shallow out-field, he’s good at it too (except for that one time when he didn’t call a catch and basically sat down on the field, but we’re over that now).
RUSSELL MARTIN, #55
Russ Martin is the Canadian home-boy! He’s the only player actually from Toronto and we love him for it. Plus, he’s the Jays’ catcher so he squats for a living, and I think you know what that means *wink*. Just recently he swapped his great beard for a light mustache (#bringitback) but he claims he needed some sort of change to improve his swing (baseball players are sooo superstitious).
MICHAEL SAUNDERS, #21
Saunders is that good kind of guy who offers to pick your mother up from the airport. He’s consistent and timely and you can always trust him to get on base. He’s sometimes overshadowed by the ‘big bats’ in the lineup but we should never underestimate Michael Saunders. He also happens to be the only other Canadian on the team so that in itself is enough reason for us to love him.
AARON SANCHEZ, #41
If Bautista and Donaldson are our top friend goals, Stroman and Sanchez are a close second. They’re both young, innocent puppy pitchers with an adorable love of the game. Sanchez also has one of the sassiest pitching stances in baseball, it’s priceless! He’s currently growing a weird little goatee but we’re hoping he will show better judgement soon and shave. Thankfully, unlike Bautista and Martin, he doesn’t seem to stake his performance on his facial hair.
EDWIN ENCARNACION, #10
Although he’s not older than everyone on the team, Edwin seems kind of like the Papa Jay. He doesn’t really like running so he smashes home runs instead. We’re not complaining though. Plus, every time he hits one deep, he flies around the bases with his ‘Edwing’ raised high (pictured here).
BONUS: JOHN GIBBONS, MANAGER
Seeing a Gibbons smile is like coming across a unicorn: you’re probably dreaming. But, he’s a butt-slapper and a hugger, and it’s clear he loves his boys as much as we do! The thing is, if you see a Gibby smile, you’ve witnessed magic. If he’s happy, you’re happy. And we’re hoping he’ll be happy for a good chunk of this season! Last year was a roller-coaster, and this year doesn’t seem to be any different. So wear that Jays cap with pride, this is going to be a great season.