Even on paper, that looks gross. I shuddered at the thought of how it would look in the flesh. Then a funny thing happened when the Doc settled in to face his old teammates (Freddy Lewis leading off notwithstanding):
I was strangely unaffected by it all.
Oh sure, a part of me waxed nostalgic watching Halladay completely disembowel the Jays through 7 vintage Doc innings. But you know.... he's not our guy anymore. He's Philadelphia's guy. Has been since the winter. And that's OK. I'm not so foolish or arrogant to say we don't need him or wouldn't take him back.....but we've got our own guys, man.
We've got Shaun Marcum playing the role of staff leader. We've got Ricky Romero and his emerging ace-dom. We've got Brandon Morrow emerging into far more than Mariners fans ever dreamed he'd be. Brett Cecil will shake off a few rough starts and solidify his spot as one of "our guys". Sometime soon, Kyle Drabek will be our guy too.
(And Jesse...oh Jesse....we'd like you to be our guy, but, um, let's just wait and see.)
Point is, Roy Halladay has moved on. Turns out I have too.
Weekend MiLB update
Not that I want to turn this corner of the blogosphere into a regular "running features" page or anything, but for those too disinterested in perusing the minor league boxscores, here are a few names making noise on the farm.
(Then again, if MiLB boxscores aren't of interest, you probably aren't reading anymore anyway. So frig off already.)
GCL Blue Jays (Rookie): Blog favorite and 2009 Jays 3rd rounder Jake Marisnick belted his first professional homer in just his 5th pro game. Boo-ya.
Auburn Doubledays (Class-A short season): Arencibia, Jeroloman, and D'Arnaud get the ink (for now), but not yet 20 year old Carlos Perez is drawing raves. Trade John Buck! OK, maybe not yet.
Lansing Lugnuts (Class A): sorry Lansing, I'm just not feeling it.
Dunedin Jays (Class A): ....but don't worry, Travis. I've still got (baseball) eyes for you. If nothing else, it keeps me off Hechavarria's player page. Ugh. No, I will not link to it.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Class AA): Don't look now, but Zach Stewart's coming around. It has to be tough, being known as the guy traded for the GBOAT. Is it selfish of me to want to see the Jays just convert him into the closer in waiting already?
Las Vegas 51's (Class AAA): Can Chris Lubanski be our new Dopirak, who was our new Ruiz? Everyone OK with that?