But Upton has also been a very quiet player. The only emotion we ever saw was yelling at umpires. And for the most part he just went about his business. He never sought the spotlight, and we rarely heard from him outside of postgame interviews.
But after seeing his emotion following his final at bat [see video here]. And after reading some of his quotes (see below), I wish we had gotten to know him better while he was still here.
BJ Upton has proven over the last 48 hours that for many years, we loved the wrong Rays outfielder more. I have never missed that other outfielder. I am going to miss BJ.
Here are a few of his quotes since the season ended…
Completely overwhelmed by all the love and support right now. My only regret is not being able to bring the fans a World Series title.
We had our ups and downs together but the good times and the bad made me who I am today and I wouldn’t change it.
I will always remember last night. All that support and emotion meant the world to me. Thank you all for the love
A true class act.