Over the weekend, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Erik Swanson shared a photo of himself and his young son after a hunting trip, posing with several geese they had taken. The post garnered mixed reactions, prompting Swanson to address concerns voiced by some in the comments section.
"I am an avid hunter/fisherman and I will always be," he wrote. "For the people who are asking me why I have my son with me, I am teaching him a very important life lesson… the beef, venison, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables all come from somewhere, not just the grocery store.
"Now when he hunts and he harvests his own food, he knows exactly where his food is coming from and what is in it. Next time you go to the grocery store or restaurant and order something, remember that it had to come from somewhere. Know what you are eating! Safe hunting to all!"
Blue Jays' Erik Swanson defends hunting with young son: 'I am teaching him a very important life lesson' https://t.co/COL4hYWBQE
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 17, 2023
Swanton recently concluded his fifth major league season, marking his inaugural year with the Blue Jays.
During his tenure with Toronto, he played in 69 relief games, recording a 2.97 ERA with 75 strikeouts. The Blue Jays acquired him in a trade from the Seattle Mariners, which sent Teoscar Hernandez to his previous team.
While with Seattle, Swanson played in 126 games, registering a 4.13 ERA and achieving 166 strikeouts.
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