It's just like old times for former Blue Jay greats Dave Stieb and Pat Hentgen
, as the two are basking in the Florida sun at Toronto's Spring Training.
Hentgen, a former Cy Young Award winner, and Stieb, the club's all-time leader in wins, are lending a helping hand as guest coaches and bestowing plenty of wisdom on today's young Jays.
"These guys come here every year and they usually stay for about five or six days, but they extended their stay this year," manager Cito Gaston said following Thursday's batting practice. "[They] asked me if they could stay and I told them we'd love to have them around throughout spring.
"They're having a good time and we're having a good time with them."
The duo are ecstatic to be involved in the game again and to be given the opportunity to share a tale or two about past Blue Jays glory.
"One of the things you look forward to coming back here is telling old stories and sharing the camaraderie that goes on in the clubhouse and in the bullpen," Stieb said. "It's great to come out here and put the uniform on and be in this atmosphere, I look forward to it [every day]."
Hentgen added "Dave was probably the greatest pitcher to wear the uniform, so it's neat to come here and reminisce with him."
"I just think that we're kind of passing the baton, and doing that type of thing for the younger players is always a good positive thing," added Hentgen.
And their presence amongst the players is not going unnoticed.
"They're great to talk to," Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan
said. "We always try to pick their brains to see what you can get. Just talking to them, they're unbelievable." With files from Claude Feig