Mat Latos Uses Ironic Example When Talking about Trade


In today’s social media age, it’s not uncommon for a player to learn about a trade on Twitter. The great Christian De Nicola of Fox Sports Florida recently talked to the newly acquired Marlins players as well as the recently departed Chris Hatcher about the surrealism of finding out about a trade via social media.

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The article is a great read and gives insight on how players sometimes get information on the internet faster than they do from their teams/agents. Fom that article, I discovered this gem of a quote, from Mat Latos.

"”When you honestly think about it it’s kind of like — imagine waking up one morning (and) you haven’t even showered yet and gotten the day started and somebody calls you and says, ‘Hey, by the way you’re moving to Toronto’ — just as an example,” Latos said. ” ‘Pack yourself and you’re gone.’ It’s just a matter of waking up and basically finding out that your whole life is, ‘See you later.’ ”"

Latos obviously didn’t mean much by using Toronto as the team in his example, but the irony in the quote was not lost upon the writers of this site. When I presented this quote to the other writers of the site, all of them quickly picked up on the Toronto inclusion and could not help but chuckle.

As most Marlins fans remember, on November 13th of 2012, the Marlins and Blue Jays reached a deal that sent Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio, and John Buck up north to Toronto, with Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, Anthony Desclafani, and Jake Marisnick headed to Miami.

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  • The trade would be the butt of many jokes made about the Marlins franchise for a year, including gems like this one:

    Latos being a huge Marlin acquisition during a big-offseason for the franchise and then using the Blue Jays as a trade destination is hilarious and ironic, even if it wasn’t intentional on Latos’ part. 25 months after the fact, it’s a trade that Marlins fans feel pretty good about, though that doesn’t mean we want to see Latos traded to the Jays.

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