He delivered an unbelievable Major League debut with the Blue Jays on August 7th, 2010 before retiring as a pro after 10 seasons on January 18th, 2017. J.P. Arencibia hit 80 home runs in 466 Big-League regular-season games with Toronto, Texas and Tampa Bay from 2010 to 2015 – 64 in 380 games with the Blue Jays. That included 23 in 2011 when he set the Blue Jays’ record for most home runs in one season by a catcher. During his momentous introduction to The Show, the Miami native had his biggest booster – his Mom – and the crowd at Rogers Centre on their feet … he hit the first Major League pitch he saw from Tampa Bay’s James Shields out of the park. He finished that stunning afternoon going 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and three RBI. J.P. became the second player in MLB history to have four hits and two homers in his ML debut since Charlie Reilly of Columbus in the American Association on October 9th, 1889. On Twitter when he announced his retirement, J.P. said “Toronto and Canada will always hold the biggest part of my heart … I always felt at home there.” It was the most profound aspect of living his Major League dream!
Head table guest 2018