Saying goodbye to the good and bad J.P. Arencibia

Former Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia was not offered a contract by the team. (REUTERS)

Former Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia was not offered a contract by the team. (REUTERS)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 PM ET

TORONTO - One late night in Toronto, J.P. Arencibia came across a homeless man and instead of looking the other way uncomfortably — the way a lot of us do on a daily basis — he walked to the corner gas station and bought the man a sandwich.

He then sat down with him and had a conversation.

That’s the Arencibia that Toronto fell in love with. Big man. Big heart. Wanting so badly to be the face or the voice of the Blue Jays. The kind of athlete who cares as much about the people asking for an autograph as those who are signing them.

That Arencibia will be missed as midnight passed on Monday and he wasn’t tendered an offer by the Blue Jays. That Arencibia will be missed in the community, in the hospitals by the charities, as he is now free to sign on with any Major League team and now that the Jays have signed the veteran Dioner Navarro, there is no place for the confounding work-in-progress that was Arencibia the ballplayer.


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