Order more Lind jerseys

Hey kids, it’s time to get your Adam Lind jerseys.

Your pals may be running around with the names Vernon Wells or Alex Rios on their backs. But Lind is the one you want. Just look at what he did yesterday. Coming off a heartbreaking loss to the Indians on Monday, the Blue Jays got a big 10-6 win Tuesday. And it was all thanks to Lind.

BASEBALL/Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth, the Jays had runners on first and second with one out and their heart of the order up. Rios, though, grounded to the pitcher, Anthony Reyes, for the second out of the inning. With runners now on second and third, the Indians wanted no part of Wells, the No. 4 hitter and ‘face of the franchise’ – at least offensively. Reyes walked Wells – coincidentally, the only Jay to go hitless yesterday – to get to 25-year-old Adam Lind.

But Lind has been dynamite this year. And he was again yesterday. The youngster promptly notched a bases loaded single to put Toronto ahead 3-2. But he wasn’t done there. After the Jays’ bullpen blew the lead, Lind stepped up again the next inning. Knotted at six, he blasted a second-deck three-run homer to put the Jays in front for good, propelling the team to an American League best 19-10 record.

In 28 games this year, Lind has compiled a .333 average, second-highest on the club next to Aaron Hill’s .357. He’s also second in hits (37) and total bases (64). He has six home runs, and leads all Blue Jay regulars in on-base percentage (.413) and slugging percentage (.577). Meanwhile, his 29 RBIs are second in the AL behind Tampa’s Evan Longoria (34).

And the best part? Well, there are a few ‘best parts.’ First, this season marks the first time Lind has had the chance to be a full-time regular in the big leagues after playing in just 89 and 88 games, respectively, the last two years. So far, he’s played in 28 of 29 this year.

Second, he’s just happy to be in the big leagues – let alone contributing at such a high level. Asked about his early season success, Lind told a group of reporters following yesterday’s game, “It’s definitely not what I anticipated. I was just hoping to stay here (major leagues) all year for the first time. That was really my goal.”

Finally, Lind’s achievements are coming at a supreme discount. The outfielder/DH is set to make just $411,800 this year (according to espn.com) – second-lowest among Blue Jays offensive players next to 21-year-old rookie Travis Snider ($401,400).

Talk about value for your money.

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