The journey will always be more fun than the destination. In Blue Jay land, that has never rang truer.
All the numbers have been tallied, all the comparisons have been debated between ‘then’ and ‘now’.
Today we finally get to see postseason baseball here in Toronto, since Joe Carter swung himself into immortality 22 years ago.
As great as that team was, not even they had the offensive power this version of the Blue Jays have.
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“Our lineup is legit,” said Josh Donaldson while speaking to the media yesterday. “One through nine, I feel like we have the best lineup in baseball.”
Oct 7, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, USA; Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson (20) before batting practice during workout prior to game one of the ALDS at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
He’s right, and even with a lineup that doesn’t run the base paths as often as the ’93 and ’92 squad, this team does too much jogging around the bases to do that anyway.
But the truth of the matter is that numbers don’t crown you World Series champion at the end of the season.
If that were the case than the St. Louis Cardinals would already have taken home the title for winning the most games this season.
Players win the World Series, and as great as this lineup is that will begin to embark on this journey today, the hitters are only a third of the battle. They will still need a strong defence and shutdown pitching for the next three weeks to bring this home.
Truth be told, I’m scared as hell for this team, but absolutely thrilled and excited all at the same time.
What I’m really trying to say is that it would almost seem tragic if these Blue Jays weren’t able to pull this off.
Given the utter heartbreak and embarrassment I’ve felt as a Toronto sports fan the last couple of years, I can feel for people who may still hold a breath of caution to this team.
But then I remind myself that unlike other teams that have stumbled their way into the playoffs recently in Toronto, or heavily choked when they got there, there is one important difference with this team.
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The Blue Jays do not fear a single team in this post season, not St. Louis, nor Texas, nor the $200 million Los Angeles Dodgers.
These Blue Jays have a response for every single strong point the top teams in these playoffs have, this is the most complete roster the city of Toronto has seen in all of its sports history in the past 50 years.
Gold glove defence, shut down pitching, oh yeah, and a league MVP over at third.
When was the last time Toronto ever had a league MVP?
I’m not just talking about the Blue Jays either, I mean all of Toronto.
This is not a time to worry about what might be, or how the Jays took the last week off after clinching the division — these guys are for real.
They have proved it since July 31.
So just enjoy the ride, because even if it doesn’t mean a World Series this year, this young talented core of Marcus Stroman, Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin, and Troy Tulowitzki are locked down for a few more years, and the rest of the team will have little reason to leave in the middle of such a surge.
Enjoy today Toronto Blue Jays’ fans, you have most certainly earned it.
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