Blue Jays fans are in mourning due to the news that Mark DeRosa is hanging up the cleats after 16 seasons in the Majors. The former Atlanta Braves draft pick retires with a career batting average of .268, 494 RBIs and exactly 100 home runs.
While the 38-year old only played one season in Toronto, he impacted a lot of people with his personality, leadership and versatility on the playing field. Here’s our top five highlights of DeRosa, although take the word ‘top’ with a pinch of salt, given that I didn’t research his career that thoroughly:
1) THREE-RUN HOMER VS SEATTLE MARINERS
DeRosa hit seven home runs during his one season with the Blue Jays, including this beauty against the Mariners on a sunny afternoon in Toronto.
2) SPEAKING TO PENN FOOTBALL PLAYERS
DeRosa graduated from Penn University, where he played both baseball and football. While the above audio may not be 100% clear, you can still listen well enough to hear how he good he is at captivating and entertaining an audience.
3) DOUBLE ACT WITH MUNENORI KAWASAKI
This is the moment a new, dynamic double-act was formed, when Kawasaki made a guest-star appearance during DeRosa’s interview with Intentional Talk. It was one of the few bright spots to keep us going during a disappointing season for the Blue Jays.
4) CLUTCH HOME RUN IN EXTRA INNINGS VS SAN DIEGO PADRES
While the Blue Jays went on to a 7-4 victory, it was DeRosa who hit the winning home run, proving he was capable of being clutch. As if there was any doubt with a guy who married a former model.
5) RAPID FIRE QUESTIONS WITH MUNENORI KAWASAKI
I actually think DeRosa part in his double act with Kawasaki was underrated. Here he expertly breaks through any potential language barrier to navigate his Japanese teammate through some quick-fire questions.
We wish Mark DeRosa the best for all the future. It’s just a pity he’s leaving so soon.
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- By English Paul
- November 13, 2013