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Kevin Kiermaier is feeling the love from his new residence metropolis, a spot that he’s solely lived in for lower than every week however has already made himself really feel proper at residence.
A lot in order that he handled Friday’s commute to work on the Rogers Centre as if he was a very long time Toronto resident beating the visitors within the recent air of a mid-summer afternoon.
“I really feel like I’ve been right here lots longer than I’ve,” Kiermaier stated on Friday after we requested him how he’s settled in and the way he’s adapting to simply the second metropolis he’s performed in his main league profession. “I really feel so at residence. I find it irresistible. Everybody on this metropolis has embraced me. It’s been so enjoyable.
“I rode my bike right here at this time – 4 and a half mile journey – the primary time I’ve executed that in my large league profession. I had an absolute blast. Helmet and all.”
Kiermaier joked that such a journey was by no means a chance in his days with the Rays the place his residence was 26 miles from Tropicana Discipline.
Although Kiermaier has made a rapid affect with the Jays along with his spectacular play in centre subject and likewise on the plate, we doubt if any followers gave him the double take in the event that they noticed him rolling by on his bike.
However the deeper the season goes, the extra it’s a chance the fan favorite will get acknowledged frequently.
“It has been nice,” Kiermaier stated. “I find it irresistible right here. I simply wish to give Toronto and Canada my finest and make the very best 12 months potential.
“It’s a nod to all of the gamers and coaches and followers that I’ve felt the love from the get go and that’s after I’m at my finest.”
Kiermaier is definitely the centre of consideration this week going through the staff that drafted him in 2010 for the primary time as an opponent. Signed to a one-year deal within the low season, Kiermaier performed 10 seasons and 914 video games with the Rays profitable three Gold Glove Awards and one Platinum Glove Award.
“They’ve been getting plenty of pub, plenty of headlines and rightfully so,” Kiermaier stated of the Rays, who’ve matched a modern-day file to start out a season going 12-0 getting into Friday’s sport. “We’re going to do all the things in our energy to (cease it.)
Kiermaier definitely is feeling the love lately.
“I like to be cherished and really feel appreciated and needed and the Blue Jays have executed that from the get go.”
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