J.P. Arencibia Video: Watch Blue Jays Star's Brilliant Tim Kurkjian Impression

Josh MartinNBA Lead WriterMarch 1, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays figure to have a tough time hanging with the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East, but at least they'll be fun to watch, both on and off the diamond.

Leading the way will be JP Arencibia, who may yet have a future in show business if this whole "baseball" thing doesn't work out.

The 26-year-old catcher took some time away from his busy spring training schedule to stand in for ESPN's Tim Kurkjian during a segment for Baseball Tonight on Thursday.

And by stand in, I mean did a dead-on imitation of the squirrelly baseball insider that left Kurkjian and Terry Francona in stitches.

As for Karl Ravech, his impeccable coiffure was either not amused or did an equally marvelous job of hiding it, choosing instead to allow the laughter to tear him apart on the inside.

Now, if only Arencibia were as good at the plate as he is on the mic, the Jays may well emerge as surprise contenders in the AL.

Arencibia toted a near-Mendoza batting average of .219 with 133 strikeouts during his first full MLB season in 2011, though his 23 home runs and 78 RBI weren't too shabby.

He'll come into the 2012 campaign with a four-bagger already to his credit, thanks to hitting one out of the park with his Kurkjian impression.

One can only hope that he and Texas Rangers ace Derek Holland will join forces for a "Night of 1,000 Voices" at some point, one that would leave even Frank Caliendo reconsidering his career in show business.

 

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