To get you into the spirit for a post that to be honest probably isn’t this one,here’s a great little ditty from back in the day when we used to win things.
Opening day for the Blue Jays has come and gone and man, they came so close! Shaun Marcum, who hadn’t pitched in a regular season major league game since September of 2008, took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a couple including a 3-run homer to tie the game at 3. The Jays managed to re-take the lead in the 8th, but Jason Frasor reminded us in the 9th that we were in fact watching a Blue Jays game as he served up 4 hits and 2 runs on the way to a 5-4 loss.
In spite of how things turned out, there were a few things for Jays fans to be happy about.
First and foremost, Shaun fucking Marcum! Until he gave up that dinger, he pitched a brilliant game. If he can keep doing things kinda sorta close to that and stay healthy, he’s almost certainly our ace.
Adam Lind has continued to be Adam lind. The Rangers couldn’t get the guy out all game. He went 3 for 3 and was intentionally walked. Just keep being Adam Lind and everybody will be happy.
and lastly, it might be too early to say this, but could the old not shitty Vernon Wells be back? He picked up a couple of hits including the 2-run home run that got the Jays on the board in the 1st, plus he made some decent defensive plays. This was the best day I’ve seen him have since…Christ, I don’t even know.
It’s going to be a long year, but I don’t think it’s going to be all bad. Once Aaron Hill gets in his groove and if guys like Travis Snider and Randy Ruiz can start hitting the way they can hit, the Jays will be a team that will at least make things interesting most nights. I’m also looking forward to watching John McDonald work more of his magic when they actually let him play. And if Cito can figure out how to pull a pitcher out of a game at the right time, things can go nowhere but up!