The hardest part about coming back to the blog after an extended time away is that you haven't the slightest idea where to enter back into the conversation.
In our time away, we read nary a boxscore nor a game story. Nor did we see highlights or even see whether if the Jays were winning or losing. We did this mostly out of design, as a manner of rebooting our own system and getting revved up for the next four months of the season. In the moment, it seemed like a better idea to stare out upon blue waters and absorb all of life's other pleasures, because it is way too easy to get sucked into of vortex of neverending kvetching about baseball.
And yet, we hadn't planned for the eventuality that we'd get back, and feel so incapable of getting back into the groove.
We'd started a post last night about the things that went missing while we were away (Randy Ruiz, Dana Eveland, Bret Cecil's goggles), bit midway through, it struck us that we were just too late to even say anything about those things that you hadn't already read, heard or thought of for yourself.
(Although what might not have been pointed out is the ludicrousness of the Cecil glasses-on-the-nightstand thing. Because while it seems like a great excuse and all, couldn't he just go to Lens Crafters and get himself a new pair? We know he's got extra special athlete eyes, and that his specs are probably engineered by some of the robots that will eventually take over the Earth...but still.)
Mostly, at this point, we just need for something a little bit big to happen to jar us out of our state of mental staisis. An external force to shake the rust off.
(Wait...I'm mixing metaphors there. Yikes.)
Anyways, it's been a bit of a hoot going back over the past week and trying to get caught up, but we're looking forward to getting a few games under our belt and moving on with the rest of the season. With the Jays knocking the cover off the ball, there remains the possibility that we might get to see certain "blog heroes" (as one snappy scribe over at the Globe might call them) make a run at unlikely All Star game berths. And more importantly, the Jays are still hanging tough through May, so we might just get the chance to see some fun and tense baseball in the months ahead.
Which reminds us that we keep meaning to get to that post about the whole concept of "meaningful games"...