Sunday, February 14, 2010
Alex Rios' Valentine to Toronto
By Ian Hunter
Rios will star in the second most anticipated return of a former Blue Jay when the Jays take on the Chicago White Sox in their Home Opener and Alex returns to his former stomping grounds.
After a less than impressive debut with the White Sox mid-way through the 2009 campaign, he's looking to turn things around in his first full year on the south side of Chicago.
Often accused of lacking focus, apparently Rios got an early jump on Spring Training and went to Miami earlier in January to work closely with White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker to fine-tune his swing for the upcoming season.
I constantly ask myself if the Blue Jays made the right move by giving up on Alex Rios. If his first few months in Chicago are any indication of what's to come, then yes.
However, just like his former teammate Vernon Wells, I think we have seen the lowest of the low when it comes to Alex Rios. He will either rise to the occasion or become a $59 million dollar paperweight on the White Sox bench.
Surprisingly, I'm actually eagerly anticipating seeing what happens to Alex Rios this year. In my mind, he still has all the tools to make him an All-Star, but lacks the drive and focus to make him a day-in and day-out five tool player.
Rios will also be on my radar when it comes to draft day for my fantasy baseball league, so I will likely have to live through the very same highs and lows that the White Sox do this coming season.
I might be in the minority here, yet I consider myself one of the few who will be looking forward to seeing Alex Rios play again in Toronto, even if it's for the opposing team. Knowing my luck, Rios will probably knock in the game-winning hit at the Blue Jays Home Opener just to rub it in everybody's face.
So even if Alex doesn't give a fuck, I still do.