Toronto Baseball Guys
Saturday, August 14, 2010
  The Baby Blue Machine
The last week and a half was about as good as it can get for Jays fans without hanging a Canadian flag upside down, or Joe Carter jumping like a spaz somewhere in the vicinity of first base.

The Jays just went 6-3 against the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox, while allowing the second comings of Nolan Ryan and Mike Piazza to “announce their presence with authority” in Blue Jays unis. The series win over the Yankees was sweet. The annihilation of the Rays was an embarrassment to the entire state of Florida –that includes you LeBron/Bosh/Wade-. The come from behind thrashing of the Red Sox on Thursday against Jonathan Papelbon left Boston so disappointed that David Ortiz has decided to cease his PED use until next May. To provide some context, this week for the Jays was like Rocky knocking off Apollo, Mr. T and Drago in a single movie and then strapping on the hunting knife and battling local authorities in the woods outside of small town USA.

Yup, it’s a beautiful time to be a Jays fan, although it would have been a lot nicer if I’d realized that the Thursday game was a flippin’ matinee. Why is it that they’ve got an iphone app. that can make it sound like you’re swinging around a lightsaber, but I had absolutely no warning that the game took place until after it was over? How many fans do the Jays actually have? Would it have been too much for a member of the team to call each one of us to remind us that it would be a day game? I’m not asking for Wells or Bautista, I would have put up with a call from Brian Tallet or Ms. Iowa.

I’ll get over missing the comeback--I mean, the Jays claw back against Papelbon all the time-- but I’m having trouble accepting the fact that I missed an entire 9 –oops, I guess when the home team’s leading they only play 8.5- innings of Jays clad in baby blue. This is not acceptable, why can’t they just wear those as their road uniforms? Speaking of baby blue, I’m reminded of the comment made about George Brett being the only person who could look manly in baby blue. In no way am I concerned with looking manly or not, and I don’t care if my baseball team is carrying more testosterone than Barry Bonds after a shopping spree at BALCO, but George now has company in Jose Bautista. That guy is the manliest man in the history of man baseball. I’m not just basing this on his insane power…how can you overlook the fact that he can grow more facial hair in a week than the rest of the league does in the entire season?!

Other notes:
-I’ve seen a lot of arguments as to whether or not the lone Rays hit on Sunday was actually a hit. You need look no further for proof that it was an error than the fact that no hit specialist DeWayne Wise was in the starting line up. All that guy does is no hitters…um, steal game winning bases…um, never mind, nice pick up AA.

-Peter Bourjos, looked so good in centre field that the California Angels didn’t need Enrico Pallazo blowing calls for them, or Reggie Jackson interrupting the game to knock off royalty. I’m suddenly looking forward to seeing Anthony Gose…in five years.

- 7 IP 0 ER, now Marc R. rules too! Is Candy Maldonado playing left field, because I'm smelling playoffs.

-JP Arencibia is a pure hitting talent, and I’m not concerned about his lack of numbers since his debut. I am however concerned about his ability to call a game at the Major League level. Next season, one or both of Jose Molina and John Buck must return. I’d like to see JP spend a season as DH with the odd start behind the plate. Mentoring under a wise veteran like the ones currently under contract will do a great deal to fast track Arencibia’s major league crendentials.

Go Jays Go!

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