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Omar Vizquel plays left field and first base

Apr 5, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

Omar Vizquel AP

Exactly what the Jays signed him to do, right?

Omar Vizquel “played” left field for the first time in his 24-year career and them moved to first base in Thursday’s opener against the Indians.

Except, in reality, Vizquel never set foot in left. He was brought in as a fifth infielder with the bases loaded and one out in the 12th inning, replacing left fielder Eric Thames. The manuver worked for the Jays, as Michael Brantley hit a grounder fielded by Yunel Escobar that was turned into an inning-ending double play.

Vizquel then moved to first base to begin the 13th inning. It was his second ever appearance there, following a three-inning stint there with the White Sox last year.

Technically, Vizquel will also be credited with two-thirds of an inning in left. It was his second ever appearance in the outfield. He played one inning in right field for the Indians in 1999.

  1. cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:27 PM

    And don’t forget, talked Louis Perez off a ledge in extra innings. Veteran in-field presence like a mo-fo!

    • cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      And gets a hit in the longest season opener, by innings, ever! Way to go Omar.

      • paperlions - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:13 PM

        He did? I see 0 for 2, with a ground out and and grounder to the pitcher resulting in a force out.

      • cur68 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

        Dunno why that’s what you see…perhaps a fielder’s choice & reached 1st? Thought it was a hit. Whatever. Lawrie on 2nd & Omar on 1st when Arencebia went yard. Omar was one of the 3 runs on the 3 run homer.

  2. proudlycanadian - Apr 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    He continues to add to his stellar resume.

  3. jaysfan64 - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    This season will be different …I can see it coming….there’s no quit in this team..and Romero is really maturing too….

  4. 32bigg - Apr 5, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Gonna be a great year! More talent in the bullpen, more maturity in the batting order and starting pitching, and a growing personality that is going to affect every aspect of every game. Great managing/coaching too.

    JAYS!! WOOOO!!

  5. rambodiaz - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    I celebrate every time he steps on the field. He and Moyer are the last links to my youth baseball fandom. Congrats Omar!

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    The boxscore says Bautista made an appearance at 1B as well. Same play?

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Nope, Bautista moved to 1B in the ninth. Went back to right field after Vizquel moved to 1B to start the 13th.

  7. jaysprospectarilo - Apr 6, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    My favorite part was when it looked like Luis Perez was about to deficate his designated sleeping area. The look on Vizquels face was STERN dude…He was like GET A )&@*(&@# GROUND BALL AND WE ARE OUTTA THIS INNING. WE GOT YOUR BACK.
    Sure as fecal matter, he did.
    Team Leader with Bautista….NICE.

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