Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sunday quick hitter

The briefest of posts for a Sunday in which "real life" is keeping me away from the blogosphere....
  • I've probably seen, oh, 85% of the Jays games, in whole or in part, during this season of shit. Why, oh why, did yesterday's thriller have to be one of the 15%?
  • Speaking of the weekend series in Motown - big ups to Chris from Windsor for his fantastic commentary in the comments section, relaying his first hand experiences. Nails, dude.
  • The fact that the Jays have a legitimate top of the order threat (Scutaro), #2 and 3 hitters both likely to put up 30 HR - 100 RBI seasons, Roy Halladay at the top of the rotation, and a ROY threat falling in behind......and still looking like a second division club is actually quite remarkable. Ugh.
  • Cito was right (though wrong to run his mouth about it) - every tater Barajas puts on the board makes it less likely he'll return. 20 HR catchers who play good defense are a commodity. And not one the Jays are likely to pay for.

If you'll allow me to climb on my soapbox for some non-baseball commentary (and if you won't - fuck off!), today marks the annual Terry Fox Run across the country and in select locations worldwide. We throw out the term "hero" a little too freely, but Terry absolutely fits the profile. If you've never supported the run, you should consider it, and for any of our loyal readers who might not know the legend of Fox, google it.

That's all. Go Jays.

10 comments:

abigail breslin said...

Elliot is saying Clay Buchholz, Justin Masterson, Daniel Bard, Michael Bowden, Felix Doubront, and Nick Hagadone were offered for Doc but JP said no. If this is true WTF? How in the hell can you expect a better offer then that?

As for Terry, I think Steve Nash has a doc about him for ESPN coming up soon.

Tao of Stieb said...

Yeah, anonymous scouts are not nearly as reliable a source as Elliot and others think they are.

Some of them have an axe to grind, figure THEY'd be a better GM and most of them don't have the level of access to the decision making process that they'd like to portray.

And all of them will talk your ear off...off the record, of course.

eyebleaf said...

There's no fucking way that offer was made.

And God bless Lighthouse Hill.

Anonymous said...

It bothers me that offer is even in the media. I think if JP was given some room to maneuver, he would be doing a lot better. Signings like BJ Ryan always make me think the budget was approved too late.

Anonymous said...

The Jays would be pretty dumb to accept that deal.

"You know what we need for Halladay? A big fucking wad of relievers and one guaranteed future starter who has seen his value tank big time over the past two years. Who the fuck needs to deal with the future of the franchise at any fielding position when you can just run out 15 relief pitcher and 7 mid-low rotation starters every game."

Ty said...

Don't think this has been posted on here yet, but if anybody hasn't seen it, Ozzie Guillen said some pretty awesome stuff about Alex Rios:

Guillen on Alex Rios - "What have I seen from Rios? A lot of outs. The only batting ninth guy making $5 million was me. This mother [bleeper] is making $10, $12, $14 million, he ain't going to be batting ninth [in 2010]. I'm going to make sure he earns his money. But right now I have to put him there because he's struggling. Next year, if we have Rios batting ninth we're in deep [crap] once again.''

http://blogs.suntimes.com/whitesox/2009/09/oz_being_oz.html

Archie said...

Between that and stories like this, no wonder he was crying when he left Toronto -- where a guy like Justin Pogge gets more scrutiny than any Jay.

Mattt said...

It's awesome that you mentioned Terry Fox. A true role model in 'sport' if there ever was one. Respect...

plain_g said...

this season has been a shit-show for sure, but the difference has been a stronger al east. last season the jays were 37-35 against the east, 41-31 against the rest of the al. this year they are again 10 games over .500 against the rest of the al (39-28, 11 actually), but 20 below against the al east (19-39). tampa, boston, and the yanks have massacred the jays, while the jays have done fine against other 'top' teams (4-4 vs angels, 5-5 vs rangers, 5-2 vs det, 5-3 vs minn, 6-1 vs cws). it's been said a hundred times, but the jays have to be an elite franchise to make it out of the al east.

plain_g said...

the same thing is happening to tampa right now, they've lost 11 of 12, and 9 of those losses have come against boston and new york. the league is stacked.