My last post on the Yunel incident

Baseball is supposed to be an escape from the real, crappy, ugly, stupid world out there. That’s always been a big part of why I love it so much. It’s why I loved going to a game with my dad when I was 7 years old. For a few hours, we could sit in the sun while eating a hot dog and marveling at a game like no other. No homework or chores. Just a diamond, nine men and a hat … and well, you remember the rest. To the Blue Jays organization, I ask — please get your act together and put the focus on what’s on the field. When you have a clear corporate mission to deliver a winner, stuff like this shouldn’t happen.

This blog is not a forum for my views about sexuality, politics or the economy. It’s a blog about the sport I love and the team I root for.

And that’s my biggest disappointment about this whole thing. It’s not that I don’t care about bigotry or hate – of course I care about it. But we can’t change how people feel about things — and for the record, no I do not think Yunel meant this out of any kind of intentional hate — we can’t be the thought police. It doesn’t matter how he feels about anything really. As long as he doesn’t choose to express things while he’s in uniform. When he’s in uniform, I just want him to help us win. That’s it. And getting back to the intention of this blog, his failure to focus on that is what concerns me.

This whole incident has just brought attention to the Blue Jays for all the wrong reasons. And I’m not sure what it says about my favourite baseball brand.

Right now, it could say that there is no actual leadership on the field, in the clubhouse or at higher levels. At the very least, it says that the Blue Jays are amateurs when it comes to damage control (the Yu Darvish incident was a tip-off that Rogers is bad at letting the wrong message get out of control).

And when it comes to the fan in me, which this page was constructed to give an outlet for, it brings up doubts about the ability for this organization to bring a contender to our field.

Shouldn’t the players’ priorities be on winning? Are they all mailing it in now and more concerned about practical jokes? And were all the players and coaches (yes, even John Farrell) okay to let this go until someone else flagged it? Everyone in that clubhouse and on the field is paid good money — our money that we pay through our loyalty to this club — to play baseball. And after a terrible season, the focus should be on that. Can any of them say with any believability now that that is the case? It betrays our trust as fans and supporters of this club. Especially those that defended them all year (it was the injuries!).

The silver lining from this is it may force Rogers to overcompensate this winter. They have lost the trust of a lot of casual fans through this incident (and some die-hards) and it will take a winner / perception of trying to win to even give them a shot at making amends with some people.

I don’t need the stands to be full with 50,000 people to be a fan. But I do know that the more people that come out to see this team, the better the on-field product is going to get.

The Jays, as much with their handling of this incident and the incident itself, may find they have a tougher hill to climb now.

And when it comes to this page, that’s what I care about.

I want a Championship, dammit.




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