6:30 PM Eastern
I was going to write a post on another very disappointing loss for Jays’ fans, watching Felix Hernandez pick apart a team that’s been back in its offensive struggles for most of this homestand and watching the hitters waste another fantastic outing by Shaun Marcum, but then I turned on the radio on my way home.
I heard callers ripping me, which is cowardly but fine, I guess, but I heard Mike Toth encouraging them, which, well…………. At least Toth let me come on to defend myself at the end of the show, and I think I answered all his concerns.
I’m a big boy, and I can handle slings and arrows just fine. In fact, I get to go on the radio with open phones for about an hour every day from the beginning of April to the end of October. If anyone has a complaint, a criticism, a suggestion, heck, an insult, any and all are welcome. But seriously, complaining to Toth about me? If you want John Gibbons fired, then call in to Toth and tell him you want Gibbons fired, he’ll agree with you. If you think the Jays should trade Marco Scutaro and Jesse Litsch for Jason Bay, or Vernon Wells for Tike Redman, go ahead and call Toth, and I’m sure he’ll be all for it. But to rip me when I’m not around to answer? Come on, people, you can do better than that.
The one thing that irks me the most though (other than one broadcaster encouraging criticism of another) is the whole “condescending” thing. People seem to think that I’m condescending, one going so far as to even comment that the way I say “hello” to callers is condescending. I don’t think I am, and I definitely don’t mean to be. But if a caller says something stupid, I’m going to tell that caller that he said something stupid. If a caller says something that’s factually incorrect, I’ll supply the correct information. I’d rather that from a radio host than to have a caller say “Alex Rios hits into a double play every time he comes to the plate” and have the host say “you’re right, he does”. So that’s not going to change.
I know this thing is supposed to be about baseball, but after two segments of getting attacked on the radio, sometimes a little defense is needed.
Toth mentioned a few times that I always say “it’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Aside from the fact that I rarely say that, the meaning holds. I said a few times on The JaysTalk today that it’s not summer yet, and that’s a pretty significant thing. The Jays are 34-34 right now. Disappointing, to be sure. Unquestionably so.
At the close of business one year ago today, the Yankees were 30-31, the Phillies were 33-31, the Cubs were 28-34 and the Rockies were 31-32. They all made the playoffs, and all but the Yankees had combined for a grand total of one playoff appearance over the last 9 seasons.
The Tigers were 36-26. the Mariners were 34-26, the A’s were 34-28, the Braves and Brewers were both 34-29 and the Dodgers were 36-28. None of them made the playoffs.
It’s a long season. It’s exceedingly early. That’s not going to change just because the Jays keep finding horribly frustrating ways to lose but somehow still remain at .500
Toth also asked me when the time is to press the panic button, which he has asked before, and I’ve always answered “never”. As I said to him today on the air, panicking is the stupidest thing that you can do, it leads to rash, irrational and regrettable decision-making, and is the sort of thing that does cost people their jobs.
A lot of people also seem to want the Jays to sell low on all the hitters, which is also self-defeating.
So, all in all, today was a pretty frustrating one, both on the field and off. And sometimes you guys aren’t the only ones who need to vent.
Here’s today’s The JaysTalk:
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