Blue Jays' Encarnacion makes impact on boys with muscular dystrophy

Edwin Encarnacion with Errict (front right) and Alex Lavery (front left).

Edwin Encarnacion with Errict (front right) and Alex Lavery (front left).

Bob Elliott, QMI Agency

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TORONTO - He has snapped fans out of their seats at the Rogers Centre this month the way Jose Bautista, Carlos Delgado, Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and George Bell have in the past.

He has caused reserved fans to scream, watching his majestic drives land in the second deckk in left.

He’s had husbands ask wives: “Uh, honey, is there any chance you can move away from the TV. I can’t miss this at-bat.”

And with his most remarkable month in the books, Edwin Encarnacion is going to gently touch some hearts following Sunday’s game.

After a 12-2 Blue Jays win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday afternoon, Encarnacion’s month on the diamond was complete — 16 homers (averaging more than 416 feet) tying Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle for the most in May by an American League player, 33 RBIs and 21 Toronto wins in 30 games.

After the series finale on Sunday, he’ll head to his downtown condo and up a few flights of stairs for a surprise visit to see his pals Errict and Alex Lavery.

Like a lot of teenagers, they’re ball fans, but Errict, 17, and Alex, 13, have been Edwin Encarnacion fans since he took over for Scott Rolen at third base in August of 2009.

“Back then, there was a lot of negativity towards Edwin,” said Sean Lavery, the boys’ father. “Fans would say: ‘This guy didn’t do this, he doesn’t do that,’ The boys gravitated towards Edwin.”

The relationship didn’t fully develop until the 2012 season. When Lavery put the boys to bed, they’d look out the window of their downtown condo on to the terrace of Encarnacion’s condo.

Encarnacion signed a three-year, $27-million US contract extension on July 12 that year and, two days later, he hit two homers and drove in three as the Jays beat the Cleveland Indians 11-9 on a Saturday afternoon.

Lavery looked over the railing — “we knew who he was, but I wasn’t sure how to approach him,” — and congratulated Encarnacion on both his day and his extension.

“I’ll come up and say ‘hi’ to your boys some night,” Encarnacion said after saying thanks.

And a couple of weeks later, Encarnacion looked up from his terrace and saw the Lavery boys getting ready to hit the sack.


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