12:11 AM Eastern
I ask because you’d never know that the Jays salvaged the finale of their series with Tampa Bay by listening to the The JaysTalk or by checking out my twitter feed.
I honestly have a lot of trouble understanding why so many people seem to feel the need to be first in line to be negative, to try to splash cold water on what’s been a pretty exciting summer of Blue Jays baseball.
I swear, it often feels like I’m covering a 100-loss team based on the feedback that I get from a lot of listeners/readers/tweeters.
Tonight’s game was a very good one – the Jays got solid starting pitching, timely hitting, a couple of big home runs, a bunch of stolen bases, terrific work out of the bullpen and even a couple of bloop triples to beat a team that I’m told is much, much better than they are.
Yes, it’s the dog days of August and yes, the Jays just wrapped up a pretty awful 2-5 homestand that felt as though it went on a lot longer than a week. But the truth of the matter is that they have won exactly as many games as they have lost this season, and that they’ve had ONE losing season in the last SIX years - which is another reason I don’t get the whole “here we go again” thing every time something happens in a game that doesn’t go the Jays’ way.
I get legitimate criticism, and it’s fine that there are those of you who don’t buy into the Anthopoulos/Beeston plan. But at least make sense – please. Ignoring how young the Jays’ players are, or the fact that they traded three of their best four relievers a month ago isn’t fair. Saying that every player in professional baseball has an equal chance to be a star because of how Jose Bautista emerged isn’t fair. Suggesting that the Jays simply add a whole big whack of money to their $18 million payroll (listen to The JaysTalk for more on that) whether or not there’s anything decent at which to throw it isn’t reasonable.
It’s true that this will be the 18th consecutive year in which there has been a post-season and the Blue Jays have not been a part of it. But there hasn’t bee one lengthy 18-year rebuild, and they haven’t been competing for a playoff spot on a level playing field. The fact that they’re a .500 team in the A.L. East while in the middle of a rebuild is astonishing, and I know that most of you understand that. But forgive me, because I think on this night, the wall against which I have been banging my head lately seems to have gotten the better of me.
At least such things make for an enjoyable JaysTalk to listen to, and here it is:
The Jays hit the road, and for the first time this season a trip will begin without manager John Farrell, who is staying behind to continue his battle with pneumonia – they hope he’ll be able to meet the team in New York for the series with the Yankees that starts Friday. Brett Cecil will pitch the opener in Baltimore on Tuesday night – the native Marylander has never allowed a run in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and this will be his second career start. Jeremy Guthrie answers for the O’s. We’re on the air at 7:00 PM Eastern – join us, won’t you?
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