Saturday, August 8, 2009

Back to the flock/scattered thoughts

When you can feel your behaviour turn obsessive-compulsive, it's probably a sign that you should step away for a while. A week away from cable television and internet connectivity does a Blue Jay fan some good. I highly recommend it.

Having said that, I'm not all the way back, so this post is coming to you in a 'random thoughts' format. My therapist says I should be alllll better soon.

* I don't care if it's a contrived anniversary, I'm a sucker for the nostalgia. Seeing the heroes of '92/'93 brought back just enough of the warm and fuzzies to (temporarily) make me forget that we are smack dab in the midst of an era of epic mediocrity. pLAYOFFS!

* ....and how about those World Series era home whites? I mean, holy shit, those beauties look better than anything the team has sported since, and they might even work better today than they did 16 years ago. Are you listening, Blue Jays marketing staff? Full. Time. Unis.

* Note to The Cito, pt I: sitting at the end of the dugout with arms crossed when down by a few runs late in the game with WAMCO at your disposal exudes a quiet confidence; sitting at the end of the dugout with arms crossed while watching your reliever completely fucking shit the bed against a horrible road team exudes a quiet cluelessness.

* Vernon Wells, Alex Rios, back to back. What the? More, please.

* Speaking of Rios.... the whole waiver claim deal? Wake me if/when something of substance happens, because from where I sit, it's just normal business, no?

* Now that the realization of a probable 4th place finish has set in, the losses - while still burning me - no longer eat at my soul. Does that make me a bad fan? Because I feel sorta' guilty about that.

* Travis Snider update: through 40 AAA games with Vegas, The Future is raking at a clip of .313-10 HR-34 RBI-1.025 OPS. I understand the super-2 super-bullshit takes precedence, but, wow.

* Brian Dopirak update: through 109 minor league games this season, Kevin Millar's Replacement has a line of .314-25 HR-86 RBI-.942 OPS. There is absolutely no justifiable reason that the soon to be 26 year old should continue to rake at AAA while Kevin Millar and his .663 OPS occupy a roster spot on a team looking to next season and beyond. Absolutely none. Let's call this Note to The Cito, pt II.

* My wife was flipping through an Avon catalogue and came across an ad for a Derek Jeter line of cologne. She caught a whiff of the sample scent and promptly gagged. That, my friends, is a good sign for our marriage. Now, if only I could get my hands on some of this....

* Baseball = awesome. Following this particluar team can be soul-crushing, sure, but you have to take the good with the bad, right? It's good to be back.


Torgen said...

They should use the blue undershirts/stirrups with the new jerseys and put the new logo on the front of the old hat, and make the alternate daytime unis the same shade of blue instead of black.

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

The jerseys tonight were pretty boss.

"An era of epic mediocrity." It almost sounds like a slogan. Unreal.

Welcome back. We'll get through these last couple of months as a family.

Peter Gentleman said...

Full support on making the World Series era uniforms the full-time uniforms. Just make it with the all-blue cap. The blue cap with the white front looks so silly to me.

I really like their current road uniforms, though.

Torgen said...

I like the white front. The all-blue reminds me of the muscle bird.

God.As.My.Witness said...

I was at the game a few years ago when they announced that there would be a special presentation at the seventh inning stretch. With much fanfare we were told to look up. Barely visible through the glare of the stadium lights was a helicopter containing Paul Godfrey. At least we were told this, you could barely see it with the naked eye or on the jumbotron. The announcer went quiet and all you could hear was the whup whup whup of rotor blades. Then we were told this was the grand introduction to the new JAYS! logo.

It was pathetic, I was expecting to be bombed by turkeys any minute.

Tao of Stieb said...

Welcome back to the fold, compadre. It's great to have you back.

As for the World Series Back-to-Back unis? LOVE THEM. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM.

Mrs. Tao thought I was losing it last night when I was on the edge of my seat, saying "Are they gonna wear the whites? That'd be so cool if they did...THEY'RE WEARING THE WHITES!!"

As for the game, meh.

As for Rios, it's interesting, especially if it is the White Sox who claimed him. But I still figure that he'll stick around.

The Ack said...

Good to be back, man. Oh, and I noticed GloBlair is following you on Twitter now. PENNANT!

re: the unis.....if the team were smart enough to switch, I wouldn't quibble with either hat, though my swing vote might go to the solid blue. Either way, though, would be bonerrific.

The Ack said...

Oh, and I've completely erased any vestige of the muscle bird from memory. That, and the Clemens era unis. Awful. Just awful.

Tao of Stieb said...

What can I say? I kinda liked the T-Bird.

Darren Priest said...

Navy caps. We need navy caps.

I am disappointed nobody from Tao is coming out with a big opinion on the Rios thing.

My initial reaction was, "Good riddance!" but maybe I need to re-evaluate.

Torgen said...

I guess there's one more element of the old unis that needs to be preserved: The blue trim on the sleeves.

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