Damien Cox of the Toronto Star is evidently in Jays camp– my first clue was the DUNEDIN, FLA dateline on his latest piece– and while I wouldn’t hold your fucking breath for him to sashay up to Jose Bautista and “ask the question” *AHEM* he did, rather surprisingly, have something genuinely positive and not-at-all fear-stoking to say about the club. Has the Star’s mandate to only incite folks to march down to Rogers Centre (or perhaps Bloor and Jarvis) with pitch forks and torches been lifted? It certainly has for the guy who has to work a few floors down from Nadir Mohamed every day.
Kyle Drabek, Cox would like us to know, is having mechanical struggles that parallel the troubles Ricky Romero had when he was at the same stage of his development.
Technically it’s more, I think, that Alex Anthopoulos would like us to know, but still… Cox didn’t shoot it down, or, y’know, smugly make sarcastic remarks while gale force pissing, without a shred of anything a non-shit-for-brains would consider evidence, on the integrity of the club’s best player. *AHEM* So I think we’ve got to consider this a win.
Of the comparison itself, Anthopoulos explains:
“One’s left-handed, one’s right-handed, Ricky’s ball sinks while Kyle is more pure power. But the issue of throwing strikes? Huge parallel. Because the mechanical problem was the same. The lesson I learned was that Romero is a very good athlete and the better athlete you are, the easier it is to make the adjustments,” he says. ”Kyle’s a great athlete. He was a shortstop out of high school. So because it took time with Romero, with Kyle, I always told myself he’s athletic enough that with time he’ll fix that.”
“I’m not saying he’s there yet, but he’s well on his way,” the GM adds.
“Now that’s a comparison to keep the confidence of a young pitcher up,” Cox writes, “not to mention encourage those Blue Jays fans who may be losing their belief that Drabek will ever figure prominently again after beginning last season in the club’s starting rotation.”
You’re not wrong, Walter.