If I didn’t have to title this post, I wouldn’t.
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The Toronto Blue Jays suck. If I could use expletives here, I surely would (an apparent no-no from those higher-ups at Fansided… even when it’s justified– which any observer with any sense of baseball knowledge would absolutely know is NOW– they still won’t go for it…). But it’s time for me to digress.
It’s so hard though… I’m pulling out my hair over here– just as I know every single fan is– but I want to elude to one single event that really isn’t even apart of the game.
Apr 8, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jose Bautista, the Jays’ Mr. Friggen Everything (I’m not sure how the higher-ups will feel about that one, but I’m goin with it) has been getting blasted by some fans. What the hay is with Toronto fans blasting their star players? I don’t know to say if Dion Phaneuf (right) is a star, but he is the captain… and (consequently?) he gets grilled like cheese.
Bautista is goin all-friggen-out (yeah, I did it again :S ). Last night he hit the game-tying homerun in a great comeback. This series, although the Jays are getting swomped by the Red Sox (it’s been so bad I’m creating adjectives now), Bautista’s slide at second prevented the double-play (right) that saved the game and allowed for the Jays to tie the game and send it to extra innings (again). Any baseball knowledgeable knows that was a play that changed the game. In the field, he’s running into the wall. He’s showing such passion– which is a double-edge sword as we saw when he argued strikes– is what fans should want! Right, Don Cherry. Especially in Toronto…
Aug 25, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista (19) breaks a double play attempt by Boston Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt (26) at Rogers Centre. Boston defeated Toronto 4-3 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Point is, showing that he really cares shouldn’t be criticized, it should be praised. He boiled over a bit on an umpire with a very quick hook. That is unfortunate. Even Sportsnet’s Gregg Zaun explained how he’s seen players not get tossed for so much more. But Bill Melky or whatever the umpire’s name is sensitive. Whatever people! It makes me sick how some people want Bautista gone? Are you kidding me? Check out the league leaders in on-base percentage and get back to me on that one. Overreaction on your part if you want him gone? That’s so Toronto (that should be a new hashtag… Twitter, get on that sludge…)
Aug 25, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons prior to the start of the game against the Boston Red Sox at Rogers Centre. Boston defeated Toronto 4-3 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Then a clueless-looking John Gibbons (right) has the nerve to throw him under the bus by saying he thought the strikezone of plate umpire Melky was fair? Grow some friggen kahonys there, Gibbons. Geeeeeze!! (I almost lost the expletive guideline right there…) Back up your star player, genius, like a good manager should do (spelling error on Melky is possible… gimme a break; it’s late).
Don’t trade Bautista, Toronto, you tools. The logical play here you may think is for me to say fire Gibbons… and sure, I could– I mean, dopey John, you’ve made a few decent moves, but so many more shake-your-head moves. For example, in this series, perhaps this same Bautista ejection game, why the hell do you put Sergio Santos in the game (is that an expletive? I don’t think so… not sure though :S ). Santos hasn’t pitched with the big club in I can’t even remember how long (and I watch every hurtin’ game), but it must be months.
Apr 23, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos (21) delivers a pitch during Wednesday night
And to insert Santos (right), Gibbons had to take Brett Cecil out. Cecil had just done amazing things! He just got out of a jam with runners on second and third WITH NONE OUT in the bottom of the ninth, and he did so with relative ease! Cecil used to be a starter… so he can pitch more than an inning. But instead you bring in Santos… and he EXPLETIVES all over the game and BLOWS IT. Another loss… but good call Gibbons. Why is this being overlooked?
Don’t look at Bautista to be your scapegoat. I know the manager is the easy one to blame for a team and he’s not even playing, but not defending your star player? Hey Gibbons, he’s playing at under-market value, signing a sweetheart deal to stay in Toronto… when the Yankees unquestionably would have poached him and paid him through the roof. Hey Gibbons, do something and back your player… not drive the bus over him.
Do something, really. I want that clueless-looking face (above) to be smiling if anything… and if he can’t smile for the team’s success, get him out of here and find someone who can make adequate decisions. Above on-field ones, a premier one would probably be to back up your star player… not contribute to the local crowd wanting to exile their best player.