This isn’t what is supposed to happen
I’ve been quiet for a couple of days now as I didn’t want to talk after a few rough days of watching the Jays get waxed. I guess I know how A.J. feels!
About the Burnett start: He totally was getting squeezed by homeplate umpire Gary Darling. Abreu should have been called out on three occasions. That is no excuse for allowing the Williams double but when the umpire is not giving you any corners you have to throw the ball over the heart of the plate. It has now got to the point where the Yankees have so many superstars, each player in their line-up gets respect from the umpires, so those calls that can go either way always tend to go on the side of the Yankees.
If you’ve ever watched a movie like Revenge of the Nerds, you’d know that this season isn’t going as I scripted it in my mind. The Jays were supposed to get beat up by the Yankees in the early part of the season, much like the Alpha Betas were always getting the upperhand on the "nerds" of Lambda Lambda Lambda (or Tri-Lambs) in Revenge of the Nerds. After banding together and gelling as a team the Jays were supposed to rise above the Yankees in the latter half of the season, and sail to the AL East title (or at least the Wild Card). Instead, the Jays had some early season success against the Yankees, dominated them in Toronto two weeks ago but now are just getting spanked by them in New York.
As far as the Yankees go, I’m completely fed up with them. A team stocked with overpriced talent a year ago goes and adds, Johnny Damon, Bobby Abreu and Craig Wilson. The only player out of these three that the Jays could even consider adding to their roster is Craig Wilson. The team’s payroll is getting more ridculous every year. At least the Red Sox make smart baseball moves by filling in holes with reasonably priced talent like a Mark Loretta. Sure the Sox spend big money but they rarely overpay for talent. Matt Clement is the only exception I can think of. I give the Yankees credit for one thing and that is developing some of their own talent. Jeter, Posada, Cano, Rivera, Wang are all out of their own system. However when they add a Giambi, then a Sheffield, an A-Rod, a Randy Johnson, a Mike Mussina, a Johnny Damon, a Hideki Matsui you feel like waving a white flag. I remember as a teenager playing Tony LaRussa Baseball on my computer and putting together a team (since I could control all the trades) of all-stars similar to what the Yankees have today. I honestly don’t know how the Blue Jays can compete with this. They sunk some money into Burnett and at the moment it is looking like a bad idea but they had to do it to try and get a number two starter. Now they really don’t have much flexibility to do anything else in the offseason without subtracting from their major league roster. The Yankees just wait until a team wants to shed some payroll and then they take advantage. I’m just thankful they didn’t sign Beltran two seasons ago when they decided to go after Sheffield instead. Could you imagine a Matsui, Beltran, Abreu in the outfield? That is sick!
Okay, enough of the millionaires club in New York. The Jays have to get back on the winning track as fan interest is fading fast in Toronto. Win or lose, I follow the Jays but I know of a lot of people that tune out as soon as the Jays start to go south. If they can at least mount some sort of charge in the next few weeks even if there is virtually no chance this team is making the postseason, they will at least create more of a buzz in T.O. and there will be some enthuisiasm for next season. Mind you, if they trade Vernon Wells, most Jays fans will be ticked. Casual fans in Toronto only know big names in baseball so if J.P. trades Wells out of town for a player or players they have never heard of, people will be very upset, the local media won’t look too kindly of that and all the buzz that was created by this team in the spring won’t return next spring.
This was more of a rambling rant than a post but I had a few things I wanted to talk about!!!!