Devon Travis is healthy and ready to play ball.
The Toronto Blue Jays second baseman has dealt with more than his share of injuries over the course of his career, having missed more games over the past three seasons than he’s played.
Travis was limited to just 50 games in 2017 due to a deep bone bruise that eventually required knee surgery to clean up damaged cartilage, and played a combined 163 over the two seasons prior.
He’s had a lot of time to think about what he misses most about the game he loves, and he opened up about just that during an interview with Jeff Blair recorded on Saturday and released Monday. Travis spoke candidly about how he’s stayed positive while missing so much playing time, and how his time on the sidelines have affected how he views baseball going into the 2018 campaign.
Here’s a particularly heartfelt excerpt of what he had to say about the pain of being sidelined, and what he missed most about the game when he’s unable to play it:
“I miss my teammates. I miss the camaraderie that you build in a baseball clubhouse and that you take out to the field, It’s a feeling that’s almost indescribable. You know for the six, seven months that we’re all together — I guess add Spring Training, it’s even longer — we truly become a family and when you feel like you’re incapable, or you get hurt and truly are incapable of being out there basically in war with your family and being able to do all you can to help them win, it hurts. It hurts.
I miss the handshakes after the game with the glove in my hand, and smacking everybody and saying, ‘Hey, nice job.’ It sucks to be a spectator and have to say, ‘Man, hey that was awesome what you did.’ You get to learn a lot when you are watching the game, however just that feeling that you get when you put on your cleats, you hear them announce your name when you’re hitting and there’s a big moment that happens and everybody in the clubhouse, you have a bunch of grown men screaming like we’re kids again. It’s such an incredible feeling, it gives me the goosebumps just thinking about it because we’ve had so many good times over these past three years, making our playoff runs, and I just want to be part of that so bad.
I want to dogpile again like we did in Boston, these are just the things that you dream of as a kid and when they happen in real life, that same kid feeling that you dream of is right there. I just miss that. I miss being out on the field, I miss helping my team win games, and I want that more than anything.”Devon Travis, via The Jeff Blair Show