Today, and every May 27th from now until forever is Jay Bruce Day. As hard as it might be to believe, as hot as Jay Bruce has been at the plate all month long; what if we told you that he was just gearing up for Jay Bruce day? Something special is bound to happen tonight if you tune into the game.
A quick recap of what Jay Bruce has done on past Jay Bruce Days:
2008 – 3 for 3, 2 walks, stolen base in MLB Debut
2009 – 3 for 4, 2 HR, 3B, 4 RBI
2010 -2 for 4, HR, 2B
The Reds are an unblemished 3-0 on Jay Bruce days of the past. Tonight should be a good night to start a win streak in Atlanta.
Bruce carries an 8-game hitting streak into the game, and the numbers he has put up over this span remind us so much of his first week in the big leagues. He is currently 17 for 35 with 6 home runs and 14 RBI over that span. He’s OPS’d at over an 1.600 clip. It is similar in the fact that it simply hasn’t mattered if it’s been Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, lefty, righty, in, out, up in the zone, down in the zone; there simply is no good way to get him out. Ride the wave as long as you can because Bruce has been as hot as any player in baseball for most of the month.
It has been a fun three years watch Bruce play ball in the Queen City, as we knew it would be. Sure, there are times of frustration along with the times that he has sat on top of the mountain but those times only frustrate us because we knew all along how truly special of a player Jay Bruce could be in this league. It’s been on display all month. This is what we expected to happen. A player like Paul Janish or Jonny Gomes, you don’t get as frustrated with. They have no ceiling like this. They are not capable of going bananas and putting a team on their back for an entire month stretch. You expect 5 for 50 slides out of them. Bruce is in a different category.
We predict that this month is looked back on as the month Jay Bruce became a bright shining star. This is the month that the flowers bloomed. This is the month that baby Bruce grew into Bruce-zilla. Or Jay-VP as we called him on twitter. This is what we’ve all been waiting for.
Happy Jay Bruce day everybody.