For most of us, the joy of photo day ended back in high school. But for professional athletes, the never-ending gift known as player photo day lives on. Every spring training, players parade themselves into a storage room lined with a coloured background and pose awkwardly in front of the camera.
By now, some of these players know what they’ve signed up for and treat photo day like any other spring training exercise, while others put some thought and care into their photo day poses.
The Blue Jays had their official spring training photo day last week and these are some standouts from the photo session.
Funny, that’s actually a fifty-foot tall redwood that’s been whittled down into a baseball bat for Vladdy.
Hyun-Jin Ryu looks like he’s enjoying his brand new uniform, albeit the colour scheme isn’t that much different from the Dodgers’ home whites he wore for six seasons.
Bo Bichette has perfected the “blue steel” look.
Cavan Biggio already has his album cover photo ready for his sophomore album: “Plate Recognition 2: Electric Boogaloo”.
Phillippe Aumont looks like he’s seen some stuff.
Teoscar Hernandez is elated he doesn’t have to play centre field anymore.
Meanwhile, Randal Grichuk is apparently furious about the news of his new outfield position this season.
This is the last thing opposing hitters will see before Nate Pearson launches a 104 MPH heater past them.
Danny Jansen is the first of the bespectacled brigade of Blue Jays players.
Anthony Kay clearly has the same employee discount on lenses that Danny does.
Trent Thornton has the exact look as I did in my yearbook photos.
One name you should get to know this spring training is Alejandro Kirk. As MLB.com’s Keegan Matheson put it, Kirk is “Toronto’s locomotive-like catching prospect.”
This is Ken Giles’ “please don’t ask me any more questions about the Astros,” face.
Anthony Bass king of has a Sacha Baron Cohen thing going on, doesn’t he?
This is Blue Jays Director of Player Development Gil Kim, who is now a member of the Blue Jays coaching staff and is wearing a full uniform for the first time.
“Come on Brandon, give us something playful. No, the name tag is not edible.”