I Just Don’t Know How to Quit You…

June 24, 2009

“I’ll be there…by your side” – Sade

Consider that song my tribute to you, Vernon Wells. You had me at hello.  Your big bat, your big arm, your big smile, your big nose. We had so much in common from the very beginning. We could have been soulmates. Read more

This is Shaping up 2B a Real Pitchers Duel

May 7, 2009

Last night, Doc Halladay faced the Angels. Often he is lined up against the number 1 pitcher on the opposing team’s staff. Not the case on this night as he faced rookie, Anthony Ortega. The result… a win!This raised a question that we’ve thought of before but never quite found the best answer for. Why doesn’t this scenario play out more often?

Its more likely our best pitcher will win against the other team’s 4th or 5th starter than it is against their 1st or 2nd. But that rarely happens. Why is Doc facing the other team’s best pitchers more often than not?

Take Doc’s next start as an example of what happens most times. He is due to face AJ Burnett of the Yankees. More or less their number 2 pitcher but the one who has been pitching the best out of the gate this season. Why not line up the Doc against the other team’s lesser lights than their best to ensure a win? Why roll the dice on using our best against their best and perhaps win that game when we’re more likely to win with poorer pitching on the other team and us having our best? The flipside of course is our 4th or 5th starter would have to face the other team’s best. Wouldn’t they bring their “A” game against their best? You would hope so and they likely would.

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Winning is Contagious as only Winning can B

April 16, 2009

10 games into 2009 and the Jays are at 7 wins and 3 losses. 

Amazing what a team can do when there are no expectations isn’t it?

As we were trying to think about what THE story has been for these first 10 games, we really couldn’t narrow it down to just one or two things.

This team is seriously on a roll that has all the team elements feeding off one another.

  • The pitching has been above average on the whole. Coming thru when most needed. Now with Jesse Litsch out at least for the remainder of April, it will be gut check time for the staff. Time to see if the depth we thought we had is really there.
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Not so Great Xpectations

April 9, 2009

The 2009 Toronto Blue Jays aren’t expected to contend. Cito Gaston and J.P. Ricciardi have even come out publicly to state that 2010 is their focus and not 2009. So what is a diehard fan to think of 2009? Are we to just carry on, left much to our own devices? To find hope or find whatever we feel we need to support the 2009 version of the Jays on our own? If those in charge of the team are saying to wait for 2010, what can we see in this year’s team to give us a reason to support them?

With that in mind, we thought about what we would like to see in a contender. What we’d like to see in the 2010 Jays that we don’t see now. Something we’d like to look forward to having. What key ingredients our successful Jays of the future would contain. Of course, solid pitching, hitting and fielding are all important and more or less go without saying. We thought of the on field performance of the team but with an eye for not only the physical part of the game but also with the mental.

Here’s what we came up with:
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Baseball is in the air

March 26, 2009

As I arise each morning and flip on my favourite sports channel to server as the soundtrack to my morning ritual I cannot help but hear a familiar eight-letter word appearing with more regularity.  Say it with me now, baseball! It just feels good to say it out loud almost therapeutic even. Why does this word and sport affect me so you might ask? I have asked myself the same question and came to the following conclusion the start of the baseball season is my real new years. Think about it for a moment now on December 31st Read more

Let it begin…

September 27, 2008

So, the race for AJ may have begun in earnest, with a report that the Jays are set to offer him a 4-year deal worth $54 mil.  I have a feeling that this is just the start of a longer saga, since AJ would probably be nuts not to opt-out. Word is that especially with the Yanks looking to open the vaults, he’d get a chunk more on the open market. This may also be the Jays making a token offer, knowing full well he’ll turn it down to test the market. Read more

The Plot Thickens

September 26, 2008

Okay, so almost immediately after I posted yesterday, it was announced that Cito and JP were coming back. During the press conference, Paul Godfrey said he’d likely make a decision on his future “probably sometime next week.” I was half-joking about JP being the president, but these signs point to it actually happening. They couldn’t and wouldn’t confidently announce that JP will be back unless JP himself was going to be the president, or if they have someone already lined up in the event of Godfrey’s step-down who has agreed to keep JP. We’ll see over the next week. Should be interesting.

All The President’s Men on Base

September 25, 2008

So I’ve been on hiatus for a week or so, if you’ve noticed(and, judging by the readership, you probably haven’t) and I’ve had some time to sit and think. During this time, I’ve come up with some pretty cutting-edge conspiracy theories involving the Salvation Army, aliens, and Clay Aiken. I won’t get into those with you, but the one I’d like to discuss is the one that really keeps me up at night. It involves the secret behind who their next president of the Toronto Blue Jays will be. Read more

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