Ticking down to the Season Opener

As I was getting on a plane to come home from a St. Paddy’s Day holiday in St. John’s Newfoundland, I grabbed a copy of one of those Baseball Predictions 2012 magazines — I find them all the same for the most part to be honest. Man, I miss that Bill Mazeroski one from my youth … And I got a pleasant surprise. I got really excited about the coming season. No, the issue wasn’t that great or insightful just as I expected (they still didn’t know where Fielder had signed), but what got me excited about the coming season was the retrospective of LAST season and the offseason.

The Cardinals improbable Championship — the last two World Series winners have gotten in the playoffs on the last day.

The Bosox collapse. And subsequent dirty laundry being aired.

Atlanta’s own collapse only overshadowed by the Bosox and the Cardinals crazy run.

The amazing way the Rays made the playoffs, catching the Bosox but also overcoming a 7-run deficit in the final regular season game to do it.

And right here in our own backyard as they say, the Jays amazing new uniforms and branding. It feels so long ago now, but it will be very exciting to see them take the field officially in a couple of weeks.

The revamped bullpen, anchored by a guy that apparently had one of the best “out pitches” in baseball last year, Sergio Santos.

The return of McGowan. Hopefully he continues to make strides.

And the realization that we’ll have a full season of Brett Lawrie to watch.

This is going to be exciting. And with the spring weather finally hitting Toronto, I’m starting to feel it’s getting closer. Yes, there are still a few question marks around this team — I’m still not crazy about our rotation after the top 2. It’s very unproven (Henderson Alvarez) or just downright uncertain (Who will make it out of the Cecil/Drabek/McGowan/Laffey) mix? Who will be in left? And what will happen to that odd man out that doesn’t get the job — do we finally give up on Snider? Will another team see Thames as an everyday player and trade for him? Can Lind protect Jose better this year? Will Farrell show he knows how to use a bullpen? Will Kelly Johnson and Colby Rasmus prove they really don’t suck (don’t count on it)?

Anyhow, my point is — I’m excited. And whether you’re just a Blue Jays fan or a baseball fan in general, you should be getting excited too. Our favourite sport is almost back and anything can happen.

Just look at last year.

 

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