I can’t remember when this one-sided love affair began, but I believe it was sometime around June 2006 when Alex was leading the league in batting average. It was something about his young spirit that captured me, and he looked to be the new franchise player for the Toronto Blue Jays. Ever since then, he was grown into a very talented young ballplayer, who has an extremely bright future.
I find that Alex is an easy player to like because he is deadly in all angles of the game; he has the arm like a cannon, the speed of a mongoose, and when he wants to, Alex can pull the ball for some power. Although he lacks the personality and entertainment value of say a Manny Ramirez, Alex does most of his entertaining on the field.
Alex also seems like a very down-to-earth person. We learned last year that he enjoys flying model helicopters, and seducing young women in hotel rooms. Rios also caught the eye of reporters at spring training last year when he sported a mohawk, so we know that he has a keen sense of fashion. And I’m pretty sure after that interview, he banged Kathryn Humphries from CityTV.
I’ll admit that I was convinced to go to the July 27th game at the Rogers Centre because of the fact that it was “Alex Rios Figurine Day”. Once a player is immortalized in figurine form, you know that they’re the real deal.