The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Seattle Mariners 10-2 on Sunday afternoon. They were unable to build on the consistent results against Seattle and Boston early in the week, and scored early and often.
Manager John Gibbons was victimized by unexpected efforts from bench players Rajai Davis and Mark DeRosa, both of whom contributed on the offensive side well beyond expectation. Melky Carbera also threw off the team’s plans, homering for the first time this season. Gibbons was asked about the end of the four game losing streak in the post game scrum. He was subdued, as usual. Continue reading
I did not watch tonight’s game. Of course, the Jays won.
Of course, this also happened:
(GIF via Paul Sporer)
As of this writing, nobody knows exactly how long Reyes will be out, but here’s what we do know, via the numerous beat reporters (let’s give credit today to non-Rogers man Scott MacArthur) and just some plain basic facts:
- Reyes heard something “pop”
- Best case scenario, Reyes is out for a month. Worst case, three months.
- General manager Alex Anthopoulos has already been talking with other GMs about trading for some infield help
- Reyes is the best. Him getting hurt is the worst.
- Mike McCoy is likely to get called up and see too much playing time.
- Brett Lawrie can’t come back fast enough.
- Reyes, usually an outstanding baserunner, slid late because he thought the pitch had been fouled off
I know I haven’t been active on the blog or on Twitter much lately, but I’m all too aware of the panic a lot of fans have been feeling because of the team’s slow start. I’ve been doing my best to talk sense into as many people as possible. “The Giants started 2-8 last year and won the World Series,” I say.
But right now, I feel the panic. It’s ridiculous, especially since there’s no real word on what’s wrong with Reyes, but this could hurt. Losing Reyes for three months could be a lot worse than a slow start. And seeing him cry? That’s worst of all.
Here’s hoping it’s not that bad.
And a quick update because the man himself tweets
Image pilfered from CHFI.com
For quite a long time, the Toronto Blue Jays have been an afterthought in the American League. I will not rehash the middle-of-the-road history since 1993. If you wish to go into the gory details of the three general managers and their struggles to put the team back into contention, you can find that story on the internet, without looking too hard. I’ll put it all into one sentence.
The Toronto Blue Jays have neither won nor lost as many as 90 games since 2005, and only once since they won it all in 1993.
That makes them the most in-limbo team in the MLB.
This week, the Toronto Blue jays entered a new phase. A phase in which Rogers Communications Incorporated money travelled directly to the location of Alex Anthopoulos’s mouth. AA put Toronto back on the MLB map by adding seven players in a week, five of whom will, if healthy, be in the starting lineup on opening day, 2013. The baseball world took notice. In fact, some of the baseball scribes stood up, spun around, had their eyes bulge out in a cartoonish manner, and started typing madly away. The was a Big Deal, bigger than Alomar/Carter for McGriff/Fernandez. No more being lost in the middle.
This is a Blue Jays website, and as such, I feel it appropriate that I put my two cents in over the Yunel Escobar eyeblack controversy. A situation which has, ironically, given the Toronto Blue Jays organization a black eye. First, I certainly don’t condone the sentiment expressed by Mr. Escobar. I would think long and hard about referencing someone’s sexual orientation, either playfully, or insultingly, and I don’t think he should have done it, either. Here’s the thing though, I’m not Yunel, and he isn’t me. I don’t expect that he and I would behave the same way under the same circumstances.
Before I get any further along about Escobar specifically, I’d like to remind those fans out there who’ve been around since the end of last season about #jerkball. Specifically, the idea that a certain amount of swagger, attitude and entitlement was part of a winning attitude. Joanna at Hum and Chuck praised the hard playing, win with attitude types in this post. Jerkball was a good reason to go after the discontented Logan Morrison. If we were going to compete, it wouldn’t happen by playing nicely with others.
Lately, there has been much speculation about the fate of Bobby Valentine in Boston. Ownership has assured the media that his job is safe for the duration of the 2012 season. Anything is possible after the end of baseball in October of this year. I have peered into my crystal ball, and now present to you, the future of Bobby Valentine and the Domino Effect.