Tuesday, December 29, 2009
My Blue Jays New Year's Resolutions
By Ian Hunter
Hell, I'm not going to kid myself into believing that I will achieve any of those things in 2010, so why not direct my New Year's resolutions towards my favourite team on earth?
Here in no particular order are my Blue Jays New Year's resolutions for 2010:
To Believe in Vernon Wells
Admittingly, this past year I booed Vernon Wells in person at the Rogers Centre. I wasn't proud of it, but at the time, my frustration level with V-Dub reached a boiling point after he struck out on an 0-2 pitch out of the zone, and I felt it was my duty to let him know about my displeasure.
Frankly, we're in it for the long haul with Vernon and I'm hoping 2010 is the year that he bounces back. I vow to believe in Vernon Wells in 2010 and in turn I hope he believes in the fans in Toronto as well.
To Make It To Ten Games (at least)
Last year, I made it to seven games at the Rogers Centre, so it should be a breeze making it to ten in Toronto now that I'm only an hour or so away from the dome. As a constant critic of the Blue Jays, I get caught up in the intricacies of statistics or the little things, but nothing beats an afternoon or evening at the ballpark. Who knows ... maybe I'll get a chance to meet the Melonheads in person this year.
To See Roy Halladay Again
We already know that the Philadelphia Phillies are rolling into Toronto on June 25th to 27th, but it remains to be seen whether or not Doc will actually pitch in one of these games. I did the math, and if the Phillies carry through the five-man rotation as planned, Doc will miss the entire series in Toronto.
If he does pitch however, you can expect there to be a maelstrom of activity at the Rogers Centre.
If Halladay vs. Burnett created an atmosphere that was reminiscent of "the good old days", then imagine what Roy Halladay's return to Toronto will be like.
To Understand the Alex Anthopoulos Vision
This might be a longer process than one year, but the gears of change are already well in motion. You can already see how this baseball club is transforming into a younger, leaner version of its predecessor and it's my goal to understand the direction that AA is taking the Blue Jays.
To Finish Anywhere But Last Place
This resolution is totally out of my hands, so I'm putting my faith in the Blue Jays to avoid landing in the cellar of the American League East. I have trouble believing that the Baltimore Orioles will leapfrog over the Jays in the standings, even after their prized off-season acquisitions like Garret Atkins and Mike Gonzalez.
In the grand scheme of things, I guess it doesn't really matter whether the Blue Jays finish in fourth or fifth place, because like the great Ricky Bobby once said, if you ain't first ... you're last.