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J.P. Arencibia made some history last night

Apr 2, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

Blue Jays batter Arencibia celebrates his two-run home run with Snider during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is really good at introductions.

You might remember that the 24-year-old catcher hit two home runs in his major league debut last August. Well, Arencibia hit two more in last night’s 13-3 drubbing of the Twins.

Arencibia became the first rookie to hit two homers on Opening Day since Gary Gaetti in 1982. He’s the first player to have multi-homer games to start a season in consecutive years since Joe Torre did it with the Braves in 1965 and 1966. If that isn’t enough history for you, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Arencibia became the first Jays rookie to homer on Opening Day since Carlos Delgado in 1994 and the sixth Jays player to have a multi-homer game on Opening Day. Maybe I’m just weird, but I have missed hearing obscure stats like this.

You wouldn’t know it by last night’s results, but Arencibia was flat out awful this spring. He batted just .161 with 19 strikeouts over 62 at-bats. Many expect him to struggle to hit for a high batting average — remember, he went 1-for-30 after his historic exploits last season — but nobody has ever questioned his power.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Toronto’s first 4 runs came off two singles, a double steal, a walk, a hit by pitch, 2 sacrifice flies and an error. It was only later in the game when they hit their 4 home runs. A little bit of something old following something new. Where did you guys have the Jays in your Power Rankings? It was probably a tad too low.

    In the pre game ceremony, the Jays honoured new Hall of Famers Pat Gillick and Roberto Alomar. They also brought out Bert Blyleven to join his other Hall of Fame inductees. It was very well done.

  2. derpdederpdederp - Apr 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    i just hope he can keep hitting like this for more than 1 game. last year after that breakout first game he sort disappeared for the rest of the season. ive questioned the napoli for francisco trade that left arencibia as our everyday catcher and molina as his backup. this is his first full season int the bigs and i think he would have benefitted from being a backup to napoli for at least a year. at this point though all i can say is that i hope he proves that scenario to be needless

  3. reospeedwagon916 - Apr 2, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    I get all sorts of nostalgia when I see that stadium full and I’m not even a Jays fan or Canadian.

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