We tried to explain on Wednesday just how big a deal it was that the Rays were bringing LHP Jonny Venters back to the majors for the first time since his Braves days in 2012. And that it was not only a credit to how hard he worked and how long he persevered through repeated elbow injuries, but also of how great of a guy he is, how much positive impact he had on so many people around him, from Rays minor-leaguers he didn't do to senior staff. And the volume of reaction to his return from all around baseball provided pretty good evidence.
Here is a sampling of the reaction from current and former players:
Pulling for ya JV! Love ya buddy— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) April 26, 2018
I remember watching when Jonny was the nastiest pitcher in the Bigs. Dude’s been through a lot. Congrats brother!! https://t.co/99gFfUPlTf— Collin McHugh (@Collin_McHugh) April 25, 2018
THIS IS AWESOME!! https://t.co/x1SgIM96vR— Alex Wood (@Awood45) April 25, 2018
From the media:
2,028 days later, Jonny Venters is back on a Big League mound. Couldn't be happier for the guy! https://t.co/MQhqsOHEl5— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) April 26, 2018
What a comeback. https://t.co/uaA7DOVSLD— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) April 25, 2018
And from some of the Rays:
Huuuuuuuuuge congrats to the perseverance of Jonny! So happy to be able to witness him overcome & achieve his goals pic.twitter.com/U3YW0nTESo— Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher22) April 26, 2018
What an honor it was to be in the bullpen tonight while Jonny Venters was making his comeback! Congrats my man! #rays— Matt Andriese (@MAndriese) April 26, 2018
Jonny Venters, ladies and gentlemen. If you don’t know, now you know.— Rocco Baldelli (@roccodbaldelli) April 26, 2018
The outpouring love this man is receiving on Twitter is not a mistake. Beyond honored to have met you a couple years ago and see you climb and persevere back to where you belong in this game. Most humble, soft spoken man I have met in baseball. Congrats Jonny V!! pic.twitter.com/IX98XngJfD— Daniel Robertson (@D_Robertson28) April 26, 2018
This is the best notification I have ever received on my phone... I want everyone to know how good of a person and teammate is pic.twitter.com/70GVcma4ca— Brent Honeywell (@brent_honeywell) April 25, 2018
We will have more later on today on the reaction to Venters return to the majors and the Rays plans for him going forward.