The Johan Santana comeback is still happening (and Andruw Jones and Carlos Quentin, too)
One of the most emotional moments of the 2015 season didn't involve a Wild Card race or a or a play at the plate or even a Bryce Harper hair flip: It came when the Barry Zito comeback officially happened as he and the Athletics faced off against his former teammate Tim Hudson and the Giants:
If that moment got you all teary-eyed, you'd better start buying your tissues in bulk because the Johan Santana comeback is (still) officially happening and Andruw Jones and Carlos Quentin have announced similar campaigns.
The two-time AL Cy Young Award winner last pitched for the Mets in 2012 (for whom he threw a no-hitter), but announced last winter that he was eyeing an MLB comeback. He signed a deal with the Blue Jays that included an invitation to Major League Spring Training, but the comeback train was stalled when a toe injury put him on the shelf.
Santana's agent recently announced that his client still plans to work his way back to pitching for an MLB team next season.
Johan Santana, who last pitched in #MLB in 2012, hopes to play in 2016, according to agent Peter Greenberg.- Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 9, 2015
We don't want to get our hopes up, but it's a little late for that considering we can watch stuff like this:
Oh, and if that's not enough to have you marking off the days on your 2016 Opening Day Advent calendar, Andruw Jones -- who's playing for Netherlands in the ongoing Premier 12 tournament in Japan -- announced his intent to come back a few months ago at Braves alumni event in Atlanta.
And Carlos Quentin has thrown his hat in the ring, too, announcing that he hopes to find his way back to The Bigs after previously saying he'd retire
Only four more months until pitchers and catchers report. Until then, we'll be dreaming of this: