Yes, yes, most days the Getting Blanked Show doesn’t show up around here until the evening’s Game Threat, but I’ve posted it below, since there was enough Jays content in today’s edition (because it’s not like there’s some of that every day, amiright?) that I think it’s worth an early look.
I should warn, however, that though much of our looking of the Jays was through the prism of the Baltimore Orioles– or, as I struggled not to call them on our cuss-free program, the Baltimore fucking Orioles.
Indeed, frustrations are boiling over around the Jays, and the idiot-empowering success of the Baltimore Orioles provides a particularly nasty bit of salt in the wound. I mean, here is exactly the kind of decent-but-deeply-flawed club that the Jays have been fielding for damn near two decades to no avail, having fortune come along to let them take dumb-luck advantage of an astonishing opportunity in the toughest division in baseball.
Worse than just that, rather than understanding it as what it is, and what it could have easily been for the Jays if, somewhere along the line, there was a year in which things actually broke right, the O’s success deepens the ridiculous perception that this franchise is held back by some kind of character flaw that prevents it from winning, and that whatever the Jays are doing is not only very obviously wrong because it’s not working fast enough to satiate the desires for instant championship gratification that the far-too-many stunted children who think this way don’t seem able to appropriately ignore, it’s wrong precisely because it’s the Jays who are trying it.
Of course, such views are mostly only being held by the kinds of blindly entitled tools who’ll keep on defending their rightness in raining shit and piss and boos down on a hopelessly lost pitcher, even after it’s pointed out that no one is asking anyone not to be upset or not to vocalize, but just to show some damn sympathy while doing so, instead of acting like Romero just put his dick in your soup.
But still… we have to deal with them. Or at least I do.
And it doesn’t make it any easier when I see stuff like this:
— Mike Cormack (@MikeCormack) September 4, 2012
Are you listening, Rogers? I mean, I know a huge part of the motivation is that the last three Orioles home games averaged just a shade over 12,000 in attendance, but still… I get the sense the fans here might also respond well to such an offer. As much as it may not be in your DNA to throw paying customers a bone, how much can it really hurt to try?
Bill Parker has some more sober, and actual on-field stuff about the O’s in the latest TPA Dispatches post over at Getting Blanked. Read it.
And watch this…