Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Blue Jays Super Blog: Ranting on a disastrous season in Toronto

Edwin Encarnacion (left) and Jose Bautista in the most beautiful pic I've ever seen
Photo Credit: Mark Blinch (@MBlinch)
I was in Cornwall, Ontario spending the week with family and relatives when the Major League Baseball season began. The majority of said week was me waiting for what seemed to be the most promising year of Toronto Blue Jays baseball since I was born -- 1993. Sportsnet was going overkill on commercials and specials, hyping everyone up and standing first in the lineup of Blue Jay supporters. "Stadium Love" became a popular song, which is sad because Metric sucks, but that's beside the point. Fans had looked at the off-season that had just transpired, and predicted that Toronto had a legitimate shot at winning the division. Vegas oddsmakers picked the birds to be the World Series favourites. It was the first moment in my lifetime that the Jays were as loved and popular as their fellow Toronto professional sports team, the Maple Leafs. Not only that, but the Leafs were in the midst of their first playoff appearance in nine years; the city was buzzing, and craving the success that had long been alluded in town lore. 

The day of the opener, I was driving home from Cornwall, hoping to dodge traffic and get back in time to see R.A. Dickey pitch for the first time in a blue and white uniform. Once I arrived, it was the top of the fifth with the score 2-1 for the visiting Cleveland Indians. Then, seconds after I sat down and watched my first at-bat, Asdrubal Cabrera crushed a two-run home run into a sea of Jays shirts and jerseys. The Skydome was silent. Dickey's face was stone. "It's only one game, it's only one game, it's only one game" was on permanent loop in every fan's head. Starting 0-1 means you can be .500 in less than 24 hours. 

Little did I know that beginning the season 0-0 would be the closest the team would get to .500 until June 21st.

If you were to tell the guy who drove home from Cornwall on opening day that, on July 30th, the Jays were going to be last place in the AL East with a 48-57 record, well...