TORONTO - Blue Jays second baseman Ryan Goins admits that it feels pretty good being in the big leagues.
But in case his head gets a little too big, all he has to do is hang out with his fellow rookie Kevin Pillar. Hanging out with Pillar tends to keep him pretty grounded.
“We were in the Mall the other day and some girl asked for a picture with him. She said (to me), ‘Will you take the picture? And I’m like, yeah, go ahead,’” said Goins, with a laugh.
Goins has broken into the big-time like a house on fire (tying a club record on Saturday for most games with a hit to start his major-league career), but the Round Rock Tx native said he still hasn’t been stopped by any fans in Toronto, though his buddy Pillar certainly has.
“They’ll stop Pillar and say, ‘Hey, you’re doing great.’ Nobody recognizes me. But that’s good. I like not being noticed,” said Goins.
If that’s the case, he certainly isn’t doing himself any favors. Though Saturday’s game at the Rogers Centre marked only his eighth contest in the Bigs, talk is already building that the laid-back infielder might be the Jays’ every day second baseman of the future. The immediate future — as in, beginning next season. Jays manager John Gibbons isn’t ready to hand Goins the job, but he has been impressed with the kid’s play, and even more so, his poise. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s a fellow Texan.
“That’s why he’s so good,” joked Gibbons.
“No, he’s been great,” the manager added. “He’s done everything for us in the limited time, offensively, defensively. He really has. He’s doing everything ... more than I expected to tell you the truth.”