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.