It took them 18 tries, but the Toronto Blue Jays were finally able to break the Bronx Curse.
One day removed from blowing a pair of leads against the New York Yankees, it was the Jays who turned the table in yesterday’s contest between the two divisional rivals. They erased an early 2-0 Yankees lead to ultimately win 6-4.
Yankee stadium hasn’t been the easiest place to play for the Jays in recent years. Going into yesterday’s game, they’d lost 17 consecutive games in the Bronx across seven miserable series, going all the way back to September 19, 2012. There’s no logical explanation for this and it certainly wasn’t due to lack of effort. We saw Jose Bautista try his best to win the game by himself on Friday, launching two homes runs into the left field crowd.
The worst part about the curse: Toronto desperately needs wins these days, especially against their American League East compatriots, if they hope to remain in the playoff conversation so the Bronx obviously presents a special obstacles for them.
In the end, the Bronx Curse stands as the second longest losing streak in team history. The Jays lost a record 19 consecutive games to the Baltimore Orioles at old Memorial Stadium between 1978 and 1981 so things definitely got close.
Looking ahead, the Jays hope to begin a new streak – a winning streak this time – at new Yankee Stadium, when J.A. Happ takes the mound. Happ is coming off a strong start against the Boston Red Sox and has been one of the team’s best pitchers since June.
That’s the best the Jays can offer to reverse course in the Bronx short of a full-fledged exorcism, which I wouldn’t discount out of hand.
With the exception of yesterday, Gibbons seldom talks sense and it might be the case he’s the demon in the Jays’ clubhouse.
(For the record, I love Gibby. What a guy!)
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