Merry Strasmus to one and all!
Yes, I’m actually in a celebratory mood, despite the deepening of the Jays woes, following yesterday’s news on Brandon Morrow, Vlad Guerrero, a loss that dropped them back down to .500, and– of course– the looming spectre of a soccer match that’s going to ruin my damn Euro before it even got fucking started.
Ahh, but we had a lot of luck in the last big tournament. Better to run out now than against damn Uruguay, like it almost did. And as for the Jays… um…
Well, I can’t be quite as wistful thinking about the 2012 Jays just yet– not that the season is over by any means, they’re just not faced with an easy task, having to fight off the Red Sox while surging past two teams that are flat-out more talented than they are (plus the Baltimore Orioles). And while on one hand “surge” is the wrong word, seeing as they’re only 4.5 games off the division lead, without Brandon Morrow it gets tougher.
But shit, anything can still happen, the bats could click a little better, Travis Snider could come up and not suck for once, Romero could pitch like himself and the other starters could hold and keep the club’s head above water long enough for the market for a game-changing trade proposal to materialize on Alex Anthopoulos’s desk (because, y’know, MLB GMs in 2012 probably send dossiers by carrier pigeon, amiright?). Or things could go totally south, they’ll call up some kids, and start wheeler-dealing.
Either way, the season has far from run its course, and promises to be full of intrigue in one way or another, and it might even feel completely different in a week– kind of as it has all season– as long as they keep on weathering the fucking insufferable storms. Y’know, like the one Stephen Strasburg is about to unleash on the Jays.
Apologies for a late Game Threat this evening, but I’ve been busy rooting around Active Surplus for a power adapter and then putting a dead bird in the backyard out to the DL in the sky [read: the bushes in the alley]. Symbolic much?
What a day, what a day. Not a whole lot of good news for the dreamers among you, as the Jays’ playoff visions took a hit with the riding off into the sunset of the ghost of Vlad Guerrero, presumably on the same white horse he was going to ride into town and save the season on, and the probably derailment of Brandon Morrow’s season, things aren’t looking so good for 2012 at the moment. Hey, but at least it might mean things are going to get real interesting at the trade deadline, huh?
Er… that is to say, there’s always tomorrow, amiright?
Actuallyyyyyyyy, with Strasburg on the hill and the Oranje needing to beat Germany, I’ve got half a mind to just stay in bed. Fuck.
OK, so–full disclosure– I’m writing this in the hours following Tuesday’s game, so in my universe Brandon Morrow hasn’t even been officially DL’d yet, and I’ve yet to be called out for not wanting Stephen Strasburg’s arm to detach from his body during the first pitch, the bloody limb landing somewhere close to Geddy Lee’s seat– y’know, like a goddamn proper Jays fan would– you know, one who doesn’t give two fucking shits about baseball and only responds to pathological mind-numbing urges that narrowly involve only the clothes he likes best and whether or not they’ve “won.” Weird, huh?
Oh, but is there a clown question in my universe? You bet your ass there’s a clown question, bro. Parkes has perfectly-damn-legal-thing-to-do-here-gate covered over at Getting Blanked.
I’ve also got a report from Gregor Chisholm of BlueJays.com in my universe, who writes that “there is no immediate timetable available for Morrow’s return but he will be out for at least the rest of the month.” Ugh. Legitimate playoff aspirations or not, Morrow was having a fucking King Hell of a breakout, finally-putting-it-together season. This sucks.
Gregor uses his excellent North of the Border blog for the raw transcript of what Alex Anthopoulos had to say yesterday regarding both Brandon Morrow and Vlad Guerrero, as well as a bunch of stuff about the draft picks who have yet to sign.
I’m doing this all in the wee hours, I should add, because I’ve got to tape Getting Blanked around 11, hit up the Dome for 12:30, and then scoot off to a famous Dutch victory starting at 2:45, so… how the hell else was I going to do a Game Threat? Get up at like 9? Pffft.
Shi Davidi of the Rogers-owned Sportsnet managed to sit down with Stephen Strasburg at the Rogers-owned Rogers Centre for a little bit of Rogers and forth.
And lastly, because, as I say, I’m doing this all very prematurely, we don’t have the latest episode of Getting Blanked ready just yet, so in lieu of that, and in honour-ish of today’s key starter, for your between-inning viewing pleasure, it’s the excellent Strasbourg by the Rakes!
Toronto Blue Jays
B. Lawrie 3B
C. Rasmus CF
J. Bautista RF
E. Encarnacion 1B
D. Cooper DH
Y. Escobar SS
K. Johnson 2B
J. Arencibia C
R. Davis LF
K. Drabek RHP
S. Lombardozzi LF
B. Harper RF
R. Zimmerman 3B
M. Morse DH
I. Desmond SS
D. Espinosa 2B
T. Moore 1B
R. Ankiel CF
J. Flores C
S. Strasburg RHP
Image via Jonathan Ernst/Getty.