Friday, April 8, 2011
Vernon Wells Sends Me Mixed Signals
By Ian Hunter
I'm not sure how long these displays have been in stores, but could they have possibly foreshadowed Vernon's trade to Los Angeles?
Overall, it's a very strange look and plays with the mind because at first glance he looks like he's playing for the Angels, but then you see that he's adorning the Blue Jays batting practice cap.
I'll be honest, it's still a little weird to see Vernon Wells in a uniform other than the Toronto Blue Jays. He spent the first 12 seasons of his major league career in Toronto, and now he's off in sunny California.
Jeff Blair talked about Vernon Wells at length on his show earlier this morning, and even talked to Vernon himself about the impending awkwardness of facing his old team tonight.
Blair talked to Adam Lind at the onset of Spring Training about not having Vernon at camp for the first time, and aside from the initial shock it sounds like it's been business as usual without Vernon Wells.
I can echo Lind's sentiments because from my own perspective, it's as though the Blue Jays haven't missed a single beat without Vernon in the lineup, outfield and even the clubhouse.
Perhaps the most telling gesture of all was the immediacy in which Edwin Encarnacion took over Vernon's old number 10. I guess the Blue Jays must not have thought that highly of Vernon if they were that quick to give his number to somebody else.
I know this sounds like I've been drinking the Vernon Wells Hatorade again, but I assure you it's just that I, like many fans have come to realize that Vernon was not the player we thought he was.
More precisely, he just wasn't the player he was paid to be.
I'll be liveblogging tonight's Blue Jays/Angels game over at The Score.
We'll get underway at 10:00pm EST.