The first time I heard Josh Donaldson was coming to the Blue Jays I was shocked and angry because we had traded Brett Lawrie to get him. Lawrie wasn’t amazing, but he played with a lot of heart and was a fan favourite. Funny enough, it only took a few games of watching Donaldson for me to forget about Lawrie, and think that the Jays had gotten away with a steal of a trade. Donaldson wasn’t only better he was flawless at third base by not letting any ball get past him, and was one of the top hitters in the league. By mid-summer if you went to a game, you were shouting MVP every time Donaldson went up to bat.
Thankfully the league recognized his greatness by awarding him the 2015 American League MVP award. His stats were as followed: .297 average, 41 home runs, 123 RBI’s, and he led his team to become A.L. east division champions. The significance of which was an end to a 22 year drought since the last time the Blue Jays had reached the playoffs; Josh Donaldson truly was the bringer of rain.
Donaldson’s first Blue Jays bobblehead was given out on April 24th, 2016. Although 20,000 were given away at Roger’s Centre, you could still purchase one a few days later at Pizza Nova locations. I personally find the bobblehead pose boring, and would have preferred a more exciting and unique pose; but since it was celebrating Donaldson’s MVP award, I guess displaying the award plaque and silver bat required a more traditional pose. Once you actually look at the bobblehead you will notice how many details are actually in it, and can really appreciate it. Although it’s not the most interesting bobblehead, it’s still a great start for what I’m sure will be many to come from the Bringer of Rain with the Blue Jays.
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