When Anthony Gose and Liam Hendriks showed up in Dunedin, Fla., for spring training this year, they were given lockers right beside each other.
Talk about coming full circle.
It was nearly a decade ago the pair met for the first time.
Gose, then a 14-year-old left-hander pitcher/outfielder from Paramount, Calif., who threw 95 mph flamethrowers off the mound, travelled with a select team to Australia for a tournament called the Goodwill Series, with a stop in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
It so happened that he was billeted with a family called the Hendriks, whose 16-year-old son Liam was a star pitcher for the Western Australia state team.
Little did the two teenagers know that some day not only would they be playing in the major leagues, they would be playing on the same major league team, the Blue Jays.
“Yeah, it’s crazy how things work out,” said Hendriks on Thursday prior to the Jays game against the Kansas City Royals.