Do those long and sad faces look like they belong to a team that has given up on the 2009 season? Technically the Blue Jays are still fielding a team every game, but it certainly seems like they have thrown in the towel.
Tonight's loss was another uninspired performance which adds to the Blue Jays 6-16 record since August 10th and a 15-27 record in the second half. And if you thought things couldn't get any worse this week, the first place New York Yankees are rolling into town for four games.
Just to show you how bad things are, I was actually offered tickets to Friday's game and if it wasn't for the fact that it's a three hour drive to Toronto, I don't even know if I would want to go the game. I'd much rather sulk in the comfort of my own home and scream obscenities at the TV without fear of being told to "keep it down in the family section" and "stop setting a bad example for the kids".
Right now the Blue Jays are on pace to win just 72 games and it's almost certain they will miss their fourth straight year of 80+ wins. It's great that the Blue Jays have won 80 games or more for the past four season, but what did they have to show for it?
It's something to say that they were one of a handful of teams who have posted a winning record over the past few seasons, but I'm sure the fans would much rather see them make the playoffs. Maybe a losing season will help open a lot of eyes in upper management and show them that this team needs to spend money to compete in the American League East.
I'm not saying that the Blue Jays should tank on purpose, because that would be conceding the season and that would go against everything that professional sports is about. While it's excruciating to watch this team lose over and over again, maybe things need to get worse before they get better ... if that makes any sense at all.