Blue Jays 2011: Mark Teahen

16 12 2011

As you probably know already, Mark Teahen is a Canadian citizen – he became a Canadian in 2005, making him eligible to play for Canada in the World Baseball Classic. His father was born in St. Mary’s, Ontario, which gave the younger Teahen the right to apply for dual citizenship. I don’t know to what extent Teahen thinks of himself as a Canadian, as his roots are in his native California. However, something struck me the other day.

Consider: Teahen spent most of his 2011 time with the Jays sitting on the bench quietly, not being noticed. When called upon, he played first, outfield, third base and DH or pinch-hit, and did so without fanfare or complaint. That strikes me as a stereotypically Canadian thing to do. Welcome, Mark – you are truly One Of Us.

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