Sunday, September 30, 2007

At least I'm not a Mets fan


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A wise philosopher once said "tis better to have had a 7 game lead and lost on the last day of the season, than to have ever led at all". And for New York Mets fans, that couldn't be more true. They officially sent all their fans into deep depression's today by sending the Phillies into the playoffs, by losing today.

Which in a sense, makes me feel a little bit better as a Jays fan. If the Blue Jays had a 7 game lead mid-September, only to lose out on the last game of the season, I might just overdose on Flintstone Vitamins - only to awake 3 days later, and have my recommended weekly dose of Vitamin C and A.

So case in point, I'm glad I'm not a New York Mets fan - because they at least HAD a chance to win. I'm so sorry.

Year in review soon to come ...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Axe falls on Brantley


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As reported earlier by TSN today, looks like Jays pitching coach Mickey Brantley will be let go at the end of the season. Many speculated he'd be let go after the Jays offense has stumbled all year. They currently hold the 3rd worst batting average in the majors, and all of the big bats have struggled this year.

The Jays will most likely look outside the organization for a new hitting coach - could we possibly see a former Blue Jay return in the blue-bird's uniform? Not if Prince has anything to say about it!

Oh, the season that was ...


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At the beginning of the season, I definitely didn’t expect he Toronto Blue Jays to be fighting to stay above .500. Like most fans, I had high expectations for this team - and projected them to be right in the thick of things, possibly playing in October.

It’s inspiring to see the Jays still playing well, especially against playoff-bound teams. By sweeping the Red Sox, and taking 2 out of 4 from the Yankees, this just proved that the Jays do have what it takes to compete in the American League East. Unfortunately, 2007 will not be that year.

Despite that, you can undoubtedly see the wear and tear on the team. Many of the starting players have gone down for the remainder of the season, including Glaus, Overbay, Wells and now Marcum. Bench players are slowly starting to creep their way up into the starting roster, hoping of getting some playing time.

Most impressive so far, has been the play of Russ Adams. Last week he hit two game-winning hits against Boston, and currently sits with a .265 batting average. Although he has been kind to the Jays with his bat, his glove has something yet to be desired. In the off-season, he will undoubtedly be working on his defensive skills.

So at this point, all the Blue Jays can really do is just hang on, and hope to finish with a winning record for the 2007 season. I think to expect anything more would be just a pipe dream.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Russ Adams - The Giant Killer


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Okay, nobody expected the Blue Jays to sweep the Boston Red Sox this week. Even less people expected them to do it with clutch hitting. And even fewer expected it to come from Russy Adams. But two nights in a row, he hit 2 game winning hits. Last night, Adams made Papelbon his daddy by spanking a grand slam into right field.

Wow - what a great series. Great pitching, clutch hitting - what more could you ask for. HEY, why not do that the other 100 games of the season? So thanks to the Jays, now the dirty Yankees are only 1.5 games back of the Red Sox for the division title. Either way, it looks like it will be a Yankees/Red Sox ALCS regardless of which team wins the wild card or the division.

If the Blue Jays wanted to be REAL dicks, they'd sweep the Yankees too - giving the Tigers a shot at the wild card, but I honestly think the Jays will be lucky if they split the series.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

This Just In ... Jays Not To Make Playoffs (title is 3 months old)


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You could have written that headline 3 months ago, and nothing would have changed. The only difference in mid-September is that for some reason, with 9 games left the Blue Jays are playing like they should have all season long.

I jumped 7 feet off my couch last night, and out of my end of the season coma when Russ Adams hit that 2 run game winning hit last nite. Though it sucked to see Oldman Zaun get nailed at the plate. And after a shaky 9th, the Jays locked down the 9-3 win.

For some reason, Eric Gagne looked like a little sailor boy, with his chin fuzz, and hat that doesn't fit him. He's been pitching like shit lately, and walked in the tying run - which Gagne hasn't done since 2001.

Where was this kind of spirit way back in July? It makes no sense. The Jays are merely playing for an above .500 record, not a playoff spot. I love how columnists and play-by-play commentators always comment how the Jays can play "spoiler". Who really gives a shit? But, I guess as a Jays fan - that's all we've had to look forward to for the past 10 years.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Livin' In a Fantasy


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Well, it's sad to say that this week is my final week of Yahoo Fantasy Baseball. Not to brag, but I kicked ass in my league all season long; leading from the first week, and finishing first in the regular season. I'm now fittingly fighting with a huge Red Sox fan for the title. Here is a look at my final roster; I believe at one point, I had about 8 Blue Jays on the team. But once the dust settled, this is the team I have stuck with for the mostpart;

(Cle - C,1B)








- - -
(Min - 1B)








- - -
(Det - 2B)








- - -
(NYY - 3B)








- - -
(Bos - 2B,SS)








- - -
(Tor - OF)








- - -
(TB - 2B,3B,OF)








- - -
(Phi - OF)








- - -
(TB - 1B)








- - -
(Mil - 3B)








- - -
(Atl - SS)

One big break I got early, was drafting A-Rod. I was fifth to draft, and basically only drafted A-Rod because he was next on the list. Little did I know he would put on an MVP season.

Many people scoff at fact that people take Fantasy sports seriously; but I truly think there is a lot of skill involved in having a successful team. Not only that, but I think Fantasy sports are a way to branch out onto players and teams you would otherwise not follow. Yeah, that and it's a way for people to feel as though they are General Managers of an actual ball team. Hey, I couldn't have done much than JP!

Dustin Busts the Red Sox' Chops


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Before I even mention anything into regards to tonight's ACTUAL game, let me start by saying that Dustin McGowan has the best sideburns in the majors. None of this "Joe Mauer" bullshit - those things are nothing compared to McGowan's chops. Somebody get that guy an endorsement deal with Gilette!

But in to regards to McGowan's pitching - it was just as filthy tonight. 1 earned run, and 5 hits allowed against the Red Sox. That's absolutely incredible. You can tell he is going to be a future ace of the club.

Not to mention that Frank the Tank belted out 3 homeruns. I officially take back any bad things I said about the Big Hurt. Overall, I think he did what he was paid to do this season; leading the team in HR and RBI this year. It looks like he's finally found his swing; 2 weeks before the season is over. I still think the Jays overpaid a little for his services; but at least he stayed off the DL this year.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Losing Hope ...


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145 games into the 2007 season, the Toronto Blue Jays are a far cry from where they started at the beginning of April. They are tired, injured, and clinging to a .500 record.

News this week of Vernon Wells’ offseason surgery, and Troy Glaus’ season-ending surgery were just two more blows to the already disappointing 2007 season. Couple that with a 5-game losing streak, and things are looking bleak for the 2007 Toronto Blue Jays.

After Monday’s devastating loss, I took a break from the Jays and refused to watch Tuesday’s game. Well, I didn’t miss much - the Jays lost 9-2. This is not to say I have given up on the Blue Jays, but it is much more evident that the team has already given up - not its fans.

A bright spot this week; it was announced that the Prime Minister of Defense John McDonald was elected for a second term. The Jays signed him to a 2 year 3.5 million dollar deal. It was good to see the Jays lock up the would-be Gold Glover to a multi-year deal. John McDonald has been one of the nice surprises of the ’07 season.

So where do the Jays go from here? Well, with the recent injuries, it looks like the backups will get a lot of playing time. Frasor, Towers, Lind, Adams, and others will get their chance to shine while Accardo, Janssen, Wells, and Glaus rest up for the ’08 season.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

WORST GAME EVER


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Where do I begin? Monday night at Comerica Park was the worst night of my life as a Jays fan. For months, I have watched them blow leads in games - but in person, it was about 1000 times worse.
 

The Jays held a 4-1 lead going into the 9th inning, and it seemed like they had it locked up. Even with a runner at first, Johnny Mac managed to turn another highlight-reel double play to stop the threat. But the bleeding didn’t stop there; the Jays let in 4 runs on two outs to blow the game in the bottom of the 9th to the surging Tigers.


To watch in horror, as my Blue Jays lost was like watching Old Yeller all over again. And there was nothing I could do to stop it, but watch as the hometown Tigers won the game. I managed to pull out any remaining hair I have, so I currently look like the village idiot, Homer Simpson.

Am I over exaggerating at the importance of this game? Probably. But the fact that the Blue Jays have lost the last 3 games in a row, holding leads in the 8th and 9th is BEYOND frustrating. The last two games, the bullpen has blown quality starts for the pitcher; Burnett and Halladay.

So what the hell do the Jays have to do to win? No effing clue here. I’m probably not going to bother to watch the Jays/Yankees game tonight, because I’m still hurting from last night’s loss.

What a horrible, horrible ending to an otherwise exciting game. I might go back to Comerica, but it’s going to take a long time for me to forget the events of September 10th, 2007.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Jays get stung by D-Rays


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Thank God I'm not a sports writer, because I find myself writing cheesy headlines whenever I possibly can, hence the title of this post.

Well, it was Deja Vu all over again for the Jays - losing in the bottom of the 9th to a walk-off homer from the Devil Rays. You may also remember ripping your hair out on July 30th, when Carl Crawford also hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th.

Aside from a few bad outings, Accardo has been solid since taking over the closer role. I can't blame John Gibbons for keeping Accardo in after the first homerun, because B.J. Upton came in as a pinch hitter. Yeah, B.J. Upton - who sat out the game because of a sore foot. Then he came back to bite us in the ass, hitting a pinch-hit game-winning homerun. FUCK!

The thing that pisses me off most is Burnett's 1-run, 3-hitter was completely wasted. You know he was throwing shit everywhere after the game. God, at least win 2 out of 3 in Tampa!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Happy Heckler is a douchebag


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After watching last night's 7-2 tromping of the Devil Rays, all throughout the broadcast I was wondering "Who is that douchebag yelling in the background?". I knew it was a heckler, but it was constant, annoying, and irritating. To my surprise, is was the "Happy Heckler", otherwise known as Rob Szasz.

Since the D-Rays starting stinking up St. Petersburg, he has been there for every home game. He sits behind home plate, and heckles opponents endlessly. Now, I'm all for throwing players off their game, but this guy is an annoying douche. If I could hear him all throughout the Jays broadcast, it must've been 100 times worse in person.

You may think I hate him so much because it's a heckler that makes fun of the Jays. The truth is, even if the guy was heckling everyone BUT Jays players, I'd still be annoyed. I don't go to ballgames to listen to fat men bark at baseball players all afternoon.

But, I guess that's all Tampa Bay players have to look forward to - their heckler getting more press than the actual team. OH SNAP!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Glaus on the Sauce?


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When I read earlier today that Rick Ankiel had been accused of taking Human Growth Hormone, I was a little bit disappointed. But when I got home and realized that Mighty Troy might also be accused of taking performance enhancing drugs.

This article claims Troy had 'roids shipped to him between September '03 and May '04. At this time, Glaus was with the Angels - so who gives a shit, right? Well, the repercussions could lead to him missing games with the Jays - which sucks balls.

Hmm - maybe this is a good reason to get a new third baseman?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Motor City Madness for a Jays Fan


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Monday I'll have the pleasure of traveling to the Motor City to watch the Jays take on the Tigers. I'm excited and scared all the same time.

I'm very excited to see my team play September baseball, in the wild card chase - but I have never been a visiting fan. I've always been comfy amongst other Jays fans (or semi Jays fans) in the Rogers Centre. As far as I know, Tigers fans are fairly docile. If all else fails, I think we can unite in our hatred for the Yankees.

I'm going to the game with three hardcore Tigers fans, so it should be interesting to see if I don't get abandoned in Detroit. Though, it looks to be a good pitching match; The Doc vs. The Gambler.

It should be fun to visit a different ballpark for once, and from one I hear ... Comerica is a pretty badass diamond.

Just keep in mind, if the Blue Jays win on Monday, I'll be jumping like Touch 'Em All Joe.

"Touch em all Joe, you'll never hit a bigger homerun if your life!" - the late, great Tom Cheek

In the Year 2004


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2004; it was a magical year for the Boston Red Sox. They completed their Cinderella season, and won their first World Series title in 86 years. 2004; it was also the last year that the Blue Jays had been swept at Fenway Park. But the Jays’ bats would have something to say about that in the final game of the series.

The Jays actually showed some life in this series; coming back from deficits in late inning to at least make the games interesting. Stifling the Red Sox hitting is nearly impossible; so for the Jays to have a fighting chance, they needed to put up runs.

Halladay held them to 5 runs, and Marcum held them to 4 - which is actually pretty respectable, considering the opponents. In the final game, V-Dub dispelled any rumours about a shoulder injury when he knocked in the game-winning 2 run homer in the 9th inning. Vernon was definitely the hero of that game; hitting 2 singles and the winning homerun.

At this point, I hate to be a downer but I don’t think we’ll see the Blue Jays playing baseball in October. Yes, they are just 6.5 games back from the Wild Card lead, but that would mean the Jays would have to go on a big winning streak. Not only that, but the Yankees, Mariners, and Tigers would also have to go on a big losing streak. Somehow, I don’t see that happening.

I think there might be a better chance of there being “Weekend at Bernie’s 3”.

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