Last night, as the Red Sox were winning their tenth straight, we caught ourselves thinking about the AL East standings, and felt vaguely relieved about the fact that the Jays remain a full game ahead of Boston in spite of the Beantowners' recent surge.
Scoreboard watching, even this early in the season, is pretty awesome.
Headed into Kansas City for a four-game set with the Royals, the Jays have won all six of their series thus far. We're not sure what the rest of the season has in store, but for now, we recommend taking a moment and relishing the fact that you, my fellow Blue Jays fans, are in the midst of the best start to the season in the history of the franchise.
The baseball world is taking notice
One of the standard complaints amongst Toronto fans is that the American baseball media tends not to take notice of the Blue Jays' achievements, but that's not the case this year. The Sporting News' Richard Justice leads a column today on the next generation of baseball stars by pumping up Aaron Hill's hot start, along with the great first months of Ricky Romero and Jason Frasor.
A moment of recognition for Cito
While some of us negative nellies in the blogosphere seem ready to pounce on Cito Gaston's every misstep, here's something worth considering: USA Today points out that the Blue Jays have the best record in the Major Leagues (65-43) since Cito took over the reins of the club on June 20, 2008.
Speaking of managers...
Brace yourselves. With John Gibbons now serving as bench coach for the KC Royals, we fully expect that the next four days will be pretty much dedicated to an analysis of the whole Gibby versus Cito thing. Heck, we may even indulge.
A thought on the KC series
Not to say that the rest of the clubs that the Jays have played so far are tomato cans, but with the pitching that the Royals will send to the mound over the next four games - including Bryan Bannister, Gil Meche and Zack Greinke - this will be the first big test of the Jays' offensive mettle so far.
And we say: Bring it on.