My Tribute To Pat Hentgen.
(Mr Blue Jay)
What can I say about Pat Hentgen, except he was the most loyal player to ever wear a Blue Jays uniform. He may not have had the numbers of Roger Clemens, but He was everything that the Blue Jays and all their fans could have wished for. He lived and breathed the Jays. He wanted to spend his entire career as a Blue Jay. Pity the powers that be were too blind to see they were giving up the only player who never wanted to wear another uniform. A player who stood by his team through the good and the bad. A player so dedicated he spoke out publicly against anyone who put his team down. That is why I have decided to give Pat the nickname of Mr Blue Jay.
Pat brought the Blue Jays their first ever Cy Young winner. He also brought much more. Pat was a clubhouse leader, but he was more than that. He was a player with great emotion. Who can ever forget those pumping fist's when he got out of a bases loaded jam, or at the other end of the scale when he was so disappointed in his performance he tossed his glove on top of the dugout as he left the field. Who could forget the way he would wait for a fielder to go into the dugout before him to congratulate him on a great play. Pat was a team player 100%
I was lucky enough to meet Pat on several occasions. He was always friendly and loved to talk baseball with the fans. I never really got to know him, but my good friend Mr Bill did. I know Pat's trade hurt Bill as much as as Shawn's trade hurt me.
Mr Blue Jay is a bird of another feather. I wish him well as a Cardinal.
Pat takes his final walk to the mound as a Blue Jay
From the Pat Hentgen Strike Zone
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- Pat holds the Jays record for most road wins at 12 in 1993
- Pat strikes out a career high 14 batters on May 3rd, 1994 vs the K.C. Royals.
- Pat started 183 consecutive games since his first major league start on April 17, 1993.
- He beat the Phillies in game 3 of the 1993 World Series
- Obtained his first 20 win season in 1996. Only the second Blue Jay to win 20 or more. [The first was Jack Morris 1992]
- Named the American League pitcher of the month in July & August 1996
- 1996 Sporting News Pitcher of the year, Won the Cy Young in 1996
- Got his 800th career strkeout on May 9th, 1998 in Seattle vs. Ken Griffey Jr.
- Pat gets his 100th career victory with a 6-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, July 4, 1999
- Pat gets traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1999