Jason Heyward posts classy thank you to Braves fans on Twitter following trade
When Jason Heyward was traded by the Atlanta Braves to the St. Louis Cardinals, it was arguably a somewhat heartbreaing moment for the 25-year-old outfielder.
Heyward was a big Braves fan as a kid in McDonough, Ga., something he mentioned in a classy thank you message he posted to fans on Twitter Monday afternoon, issuing a bittersweet goodbye to the only team and fan base he has known during his five-year, big league career.
Too: MY ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Braves fans, coaches, teammates, #BravesCountry
While it may not have worked out long term I’m very blessed to have played at HOME for the same Organization I was invested in as kid growing up in McDonough, Ga. Played for The Great Bobby Cox, said farewell to a first ballot Hall Of Famer Chipper Jones after an unbelievable career. I made many great friends and became as close as family with most. Thank you for that. Thank you for applauding my effort and passion for the game of baseball. Thank you for acknowledging my love for rockin The “A” on my work hat. Been a pleasure to have called HOME my workplace. As we part ways know that the memories will be carried with me for the rest. Reaching out to say that I won’t forget where I’m from and you’ll always see me playing the game I love with passion and heart. Knowing and appreciating the fact I had the pleasure of creating heartfelt memories with so many people the past 5 years. Thank you again for your heart, thank you for the motivation and excitement.
THANK YOU for the LOVE
Heyward is coming off his second Gold Glove season for the Braves, where he put up .262/.351/.429 totals in his five seasons with the club. He is due $8.3 million this upcoming season and will be a free agent following the 2015 campaign.
While that may make a return to his hometown baseball team a possibility, Heyward is taking things slowly at the moment and won’t rule out signing up with the Cardinals.
“Right now, the fact that I was just traded to a team, I’m going to let things play out, take things one step at a time,” he said, via an MLB.com report.
Heyward also indicated that no discussions with the Braves regarding an extension have occurred since 2012, perhaps indicating in additional comments expressing his gratitude to the Cardinals organization that his Braves career possibly could be in his rear view mirror.
“I don’t think I’ll be able to emphasize it enough the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals had interest in me and would like me to come be a part of their organization and come play for that great fan base,” he said. “It’s something that I’m happy to hear, and it’s a good opportunity to go play some baseball for a winning team that is consistent with that mindset. I definitely appreciate them showing interest in me.”