As the possibility of the 2013 Blue Jays getting their act together becomes more unlikely with each game, the finger pointing is going to start. Did AA give away the future for a bunch of magic beans? Is there a selfishness in the clubhouse? Was Gibbons the wrong choice?
In any case, I can honestly say that Beeston, AA and Rogers have given us a season that we’ll never forget. It will be the most memorable season since 1993. Whatever happens. You will never forget the 2013 Blue Jays.
If they continue to plod along, you’ll always remember the season that was filled with so much hope and came up with snake eyes. My friend, Mike, all winter would just randomly break into “We’re winning the World Series!” cries. And I wanted to believe it.
And now, just for a moment, let’s dream like it’s a Disney movie around the 2013 Blue Jays. The season they won the World Series after they started 13 – 23 and somehow pulled themselves together, squeaked into the wild card and went on a run to win the championship.
Either way, we’ll never forget this season.
I didn’t want to look at the standings this morning. I’d rather not know what the Jays record is right now because I’m trying not to think about the hole they are digging themselves. But the reality is they are four games under .500. Now that’s not a huge deal if they play around .500 ball for the next month or so. But if the next 20 games are like the first, well, then they’re going to have a big problem.
What’s the problem? Well, if you’ve been watching you know. And it’s not just one thing. It’s kind of everything. They’re not hitting consistently — only four hits last night. Their defence seems to fold when they need it the most, and not on tough plays either — yes, Kawasaki I’m looking at you but you’re just the latest. And although I was about to say the pitching hasn’t been solid, I realize it’s actually been very good lately. The bullpen is lights-out and the starters have put together a lot of ‘quality’ (or close to) starts lately.
So what’s the problem? Bad luck? Maybe… But I don’t know if I believe in luck when it comes to sports. It’s a game of inches and the Jays are frustratingly just inches away…
Aaron Loup just grazes that guy by a couple of inches last night. Kawasaki puts another few inches on that throw and Edwin gets it. And this is just last night. I’ve seen it a lot already this season — everywhere I’m seeing a team that is close to being very good and then we come up short by a few inches.
But that’s baseball. And whether the Blue Jays can find it in themselves to find that extra inch in their game, I don’t know. Is it for lack of trying? No. Is it for lack of talent? I hope not. I think it’s there somewhere in their game but only the next 142 games will tell. And if they don’t have it, well, yes, it’ll be a long frustrating summer for me. But that’s why I love baseball because it’s a game of ‘oh so close’. And the good teams consistently find that extra inch or they don’t deserve to win.
So the Jays returned to the dome tonight and only 15,000+ got the news I guess. But the 35,000 who didn’t show up sure missed a great game.
The Jays came back from a 2-0 hole in their half of the first to tie it. Buehrle beared down and gave the Jays a solid start. Kawasaki continued his climb to the top of the fan appreciation chart with a triple. And Casey Janssen nailed it down (after some nailbiting) in the 9th. Overall, a very solid win with some very good signs. After falling in a one-run game yesterday, it was good to see the Jays come right back and win one of their own.
As for the crowd, well, it was small but as the game went on the crowd got more into it. “Riiiiioossss” could be heard throughout the game, berating the former center-fielder who left town with his tail between his legs (see: autograph-gate) and cheers of “Ka-wa-saki” (clap clap clap-clap clap) rang out in the late innings.
So a great return home. The only bad news was after the game Sergio Santos was put on the DL with a tricep strain (again). But Brett Lawrie has been called up. So it’ll be good to see him back in the lineup (hopefully) tomorrow.