As I was prepping the noose after last night’s heartbreaking shitshow, I had come to the conclusion that all was lost (well, I was prepping a noose). But I happened to catch Mike Wilner’s post-game chat with Jays hitting coach Dwayne Murphy and I gotta say, it had quite the calming effect.
Like many Jays fans, I become idiotically hysterical with the outcome of such games as last night’s (to be fair, last night’s game was enough to drive even the most rational ball fan insane). I tend to get terminally depressed, start yelling and the TV and convince myself that this one game is going to be the difference for the whole season. That this kick to the team’s collective nuts will take all the drive out of the Jays and that we can expect a full-on implosion from which we’ll never recover. It is, granted, kinda exhausting and totally stupid. (I’m starting to think that this frustration could also be the result of committing about three hours of my life every day to these games when I could be exploring different avenues that might actually expand my mind and make a positive difference towards a brighter future instead of sitting on my ass and getting fatter and pinning all my hopes and dreams on the success of a professional sports team that frankly, really won’t do anything for my status in life apart from the fact that I can maybe one day drunkenly relate to my hopefully not inbred grandchildren how the Jays came close to making the playoffs in 2010.)
Anyway, yeah, Murphy kinda put this all into a bit more of a calm perspective. I’m not going to say there was anything mindblowing there that went beyond the usual PR “We just gotta go out tomorrow and give 110%,” but there was a calm confidence in response to a heartbreaking loss that wasn’t there last year. Of course, last year’s paralysis didn’t come till a bit later and, who am I kidding, last season’s a total drunken blur that I can’t cite exact dates of to save my life, but it just feels different now.
On that note, after Lind struck out in the bottom of the ninth last night, Buck Martinez threw to Sam Cosentino and before I could yell “Go fuck yourself Sam Cosentino, I really don’t give a flying fuck about who’s sitting in the fat-ass green chairs right now,” he gave a quick update that all the Jays were on the edge of their seats in the dugout fully expecting a comeback. And you gotta admit, Wells’ following hit was pretty boneriffic even if it did fall short of tying the game. For some reason, I take comfort in Murphy’s comments regarding where the Jays go from here:
Murphy: Right now this team’s pretty confident. … If you’re going to win, you’re going to lose some tough games, some games you know you should’ve won. If you’re going to compete and you’re going to be a good team you gotta bounce back the next day. So as soon as they walk out of this clubhouse I expect them to forget about today’s game, come in there tomorrow, be ready to hit, be ready to swing and produce some runs.
Wilner: And no better guy to have on the mound than Shaun Marcum.
Murphy: Fuckin’ right.
So maybe it’s because I thought Murphy wanted to end the interview like that. And maybe it’s because Murphy’s voice kinda sounds like that of a friendly veteran wrestler. And maybe it’s because I’m brainwashed after listening to the interview close to 100 times while writing this post. But I feel better. Recommended listening. … Although you might want to cut it off afterwards, Jays Talk nearly had me tying the noose all over again. Heyo!