An Open Letter To Blue Jays Closer Roberto Osuna
Dear Roberto Osuna,
Even before the unfortunate circumstances of your current mental health were revealed to the world yesterday, you were a hero to all Blue Jays fans. You have accomplished so much in your short career that some individuals have elevated you into a status which can only be considered exceptional, and heroic. Whether it’s your 1.04 career playoff ERA, 75 career saves, or 4.4 fWAR in just 172.2 IP, the question becomes what more could we ask from a 22 year old who’s already been through so much adversity and challenges in his life?
What you’ve has managed to accomplish in his young career becomes increasingly impressive when you consider said adversity. You had to quit school as a 12 year old to help support your family. You worked all day and still found time to develop as a good enough pitcher to get signed for 1.5 million dollars as a 16 year old. You overcame a torn UCL and the Tommy John Surgery, a procedure with which many fail to ever truly put behind them. You made it to the big leagues despite having never previously pitched an inning above A ball, and you went on to strike out a man who finished his career with 696 career home runs in your first career appearance.