Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Meatballs Don't Clash
By Ian Hunter
Travis Snider was long overdue for a big game, and it finally arrived ... as did his multi-meat celebratory nacho plate in the Blue Jays clubhouse following the victory.
In his first at bat, Snider stung one right to Chone Figgins at second base. In the second inning, Snider laced another one but it got a little too much hang time and he lined out once again.
Two at bats, two extremely loud outs and nothing to show for it.
Finally in his third attempt Travis Snider was not cheated whatsoever and launched one into the stands in right-centre field. From the instant the ball was launched, there was no doubt it was destined to be a souvenir.
Although it wasn't quite the battle in terms of pitches thrown, the home run itself was reminiscent of Snider's epic at bat verus Rich Harden earlier this season. More than the impressive visual, was the sound of the home run.
To me, there's nothing sweeter than the sound of the ball coming off the bat of Travis Snider. On the scale of audible masterpieces, it ranks somewhere in between Beethoven's 5th Symphony and Journey's Don't Stop Believing.
This season has undoubtedly been a struggle for Travis Snider, but thankfully unlike his counterpart J.P. Arencibia, Travis is actually seeing some late-season playing time to work out the kinks in his game.