Saturday, December 5, 2009

I'm ready

It's not that I think it's not going to hurt. I'm not delusional, 'fer chrissakes. We're still talking about Roy Halladay - the man, the myth, the Blue Jays legend.

It's just that I'm ready now. It's enough already. The whole thing has gone on long enough. Really, let's be honest with ourselves - we're all friends here, right? - does it really feel like Doc has been a part of the team, or at the very least, part of the team's future, since the trade debacle shitstorm that swept through the organization back in July?

Because to me, it feels like me we've just been counting down the days until it's over. With baseball's Winter Meetings looming right around the corner, I'm almost hoping, mercifully, that it comes to an end. It sucks for Doc, it sucks for the organization, and it fucking sucks for the fans. Not the most eloquent thing I've ever written, but hey - the Roy Halladay Sweepstakes haven't exactly been poetry in motion.

At this point, Halladay breaking camp with the Jays will be just about the most awkward situation possible. It's really not even an option, despite the protestations that "2 comp picks just might end up being the best package". So get it done. Put us all out of our misery.

I'm ready for it, anyway.

Lying liars and the lies they tell
"We wanted to trade Roy and Roy wanted to be traded (in the summer), as he does now."

This quote from venerable old JP Ricciardi is just a litttttle bit different than the July deadline stance of "Roy never asked to be traded, we're just seeing what's out there."

Hey, I know how the game is played, but it's still funny as all hell to read. At least JP left us with one of his legacy quotes:

"I personally think, move the player and move on because ultimately the player is going to leave."

Reason #426 that Twitter is worth paying attention to
All around knowledgeable baseball dude Will Carroll drops this piece of juicy fruit via his Twitter account:

"I know of two HUGE announcements coming at the Winter Meetings. I expect both will be bigger than any player signing or news made during. "

Carroll has already denied all of the obvious guesses from his followers - expansion, contraction, relocation, Selig news, etc. Any guesses?


Colin said...

Instant replay? One of them has got to be instant replay right?

- Divisional Series from 5 games to 7
- Re-alignment
- Balancing the schedule

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

Well said. I'm ready, too.

Epic quote from J.P. That's why I love him.

Can't wait for the meetings.

bkblades said...

My guess is the always exciting selling of teams. Rangers and Dodgers? I'm hoping the news is more palpable for fans, who you know, couldn't care less about teams being sold by quasi-billionaires.

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Unknown said...

I don't know if these would have CBA implications but how about an international draft or trading draft picks? Or perhaps a PED amnesty?

Anonymous said...

My definition of HUGE might be different than Mr. Carroll's. (insert penis joke here)

Re-alignment would be huge, but the rest of the guesses are underwhelming.

Tao of Stieb said...

My assumption on this is more video replay and 7-game LDS.

Which, I suppose, counts as HUGE if you look at it the right way.

What I'm holding out hope for is a balanced schedule. Or exploding bases.

Gil Fisher said...

My guesses are (1) hicks sells thr rangers to himself and (2) Mcguire speaks

Random D-bag said...

They talked about a 7 game LDS on PTI the other day, so that could be it. I guess that's huge in certain circles. I thought they were going to try to reduce the length of the season.

The Jays trading places with the Tigers in the AL Central would be HUGE!

REAN said...

WOW - I just commented over @ DJF regarding the Roy, and then I came over here to see yr post on the same subject. As you can see below, I am more than ready....

"It still seems kinda strange to me that 7 weeks of spring training away from home is enough to be a deal-breaker for a dedicated professional. If that's the case, sign with Tampa or the Marlins next year, and FUCK OFF ALREADY. I have become disillusioned with the Roy. Sure he gave everything to the Jays for many many years, but he's starting to sound like a giant pussy. "I'll veto any trade after spring training... I won't play on a team that isn't going to win the World Series... I won't train in Arizona... blah blah blah."

I think I'm the first to say it, and I'm going to repeat it..


Sorry for the copy & paste,
I don't expect it to be a popular opinion, but I just had to agree with the sentiment.

Ty said...

Carroll said it wasn't a 7-game LDS, so I guess that's out. He also said the announcements will be "big, not sure about surprising, tho very few "outside" people know."

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

I think "Fuck Off Roy!" is a little much, but that's me. But I will agree that the "I will only train in Florida" bullshit is, well, bullshit.

REAN said...

Yeah - can you imagine if the Cubs (for example) make a pitch for Roy with a great package that would make both teams happy, and he squashes it because they train in Arizona?

THAT would piss me off.

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bkblades said...

Roy Halladay has a no-trade clause. How he uses it, whether he doesn't like Arizona or he thinks stripes make him look fat, is up to him. At this point, I couldn't care less anymore about the Halladay non-news.

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SP said...

Love the exploding bases idea.

This better actually be "HUGE" and not a HUGE...moneygrab for rich teams.

I'm guessing we'll be disappointed with a 7 game LDS and a team sale or two. If it was anything else, we would've heard something about it by now.

Ty said...

SP: Will Carroll already said on his Twitter that it's not either of those two things, and since he's the guy who got all this speculation started in the first place, he's probably telling the truth. So... I don't know, we'll probably be disappointed in some way, but at least it won't be either of those two things.

Ty said...

Just saw this tweet from Carroll:

Ok here's one of the big things to be announced Monday: I wouldnt want to be in the baseball stats business right now.

So... yeah.

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

Re: the above link - "Who gives a fuck?!1?!1"

Ty said...

Exactly. Bigger than any other news made at the meetings my ass. "Well, maybe that Halladay guy was traded today... but who cares, let's get onto more important things: is motherfucking BLOOMBERG interested in baseball statistics now? Holy fucking shit, now THAT's news!

SP said...

My point is made. This is 2009. If there was actually something coming out that's bigger than the deadline itself, we would've heard rumors about it from reputable sources. Like TMZ or something.

Bloomberg selling back end software to MLB teams? Yawn.

Anonymous said...

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