Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Doubly Satisfying


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Hey, what's better than a couple of doubles? How about stringing six of them together against the Yankees?

Typically known for the long ball, the Blue Jays abandoned their home run hitting ways for the evening and instead decided to torture A.J. Burnett with double after double after double after double after double after double.

It seems to be that good old A.J. hasn't fared very well against his former teammates. For whatever reason, the Blue Jays really have it out for him as Burnett has a career 1-3 record and a 6.98 ERA in five starts against Toronto.

As much as the guys on the roster will likely deny it, there has to be some sense of satisfaction in lighting up your former teammate who left to play for the Evil Empire.

I'm convinced Aaron Hill and Vernon Wells have a dartboard with A.J. Burnett's picture pinned to it in the Blue Jays clubhouse and they take turns shooting the Nerf Gun at it.

If you're the New York Yankees, you have to be worried about the A.J. Burnett that showed up against the Toronto Blue Jays last night. Is this the kind of pitcher you're going to hand the ball to in a pivotal Game Three of the American League Division Series?

Personally, I was just glad to see that Brandon Morrow and the Blue Jays relievers avoided being the 600th notch in Alex Rodrigez' bedpost. With each passing day, it's hilarious to see the flashbulbs go off at Yankee Stadium every time A-Rod takes a swing and comes up short.

Now all the Blue Jays have to do is stave off Alex Rodriguez for two games - but if there's a Brian Tallet appearance at any point throughout the series, A-Rod's pretty much a shoe-in to club 600 against the Jays. Let's hope I'm wrong!

5 comments:

  1. Well, here we are again, a Blue Jay/Yankee series. And after tonight you can have us 4 1/2 games out in the pennant race league.

    While you're 9 1/2 back you're still hanging on to 4th place 2 1/2games ahead of Kansas City. Something to keep it interesting.

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  2. Typically known for the long ball, the Blue Jays abandoned their home run hitting ways for the evening and instead decided to torture A.J. Burnett with double after double after double after double after double after double.

    Do chicks dig doubles as much as they dig the long ball, though? I think it's an important question to consider.

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  3. We're also only 5 behind the sox for our rightful place in 3rd in the East. That's the 'race' I've been watching.

    Regarding Hill: Its great to see him hitting again...

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  4. Cliff, that's crazy - if the Blue Jays could just perform a little better against the Rays and the Red Sox, the division makeup just might be a little different.

    Steve, while doubles might not be as sexy, they still get style points. Especially when the Blue Jays strung six of them together in a single inning.

    Mattt, I'd love to see the Jays take 2 out of 3 against the Rays this weekend. Not that I want to see the Jays do the Yankees any favours or anything.

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  5. Ian,

    We beat you today, but now while I'm listening, the Twins need to take care of the Rays, so the Yanks can make it back to 3 1/2. Good luck this weekend!

    Matt,

    It's good to look up, you're just a game behind Boston in the pennant race league.

    Steve,

    "Double, double toil and trouble:
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble."
    Those were some "chicks" who liked "doubles" that you wouldn't want to mess with!

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