Clearly Jon Morosi knows what it takes to get him some pageviews, and it’s with that in mind that we look at his latest for Fox Sports, in which he tries to rile up the Canadian masses by bothering to ask Justin Morneau, still a member of the Minnesota Twins, though in the final season of his contract, about one day playing for the lone club in his country of birth: the Toronto Blue Jays, who play their home games just a short, forty-plus-hour trip from his birthplace in New Westminster, BC.
At this point, we might as well acknowledge something that’s bound to surface this season: The Toronto Blue Jays — the lone major league franchise in Morneau’s native Canada — reportedly had interest in trading for him in recent months. The Blue Jays, as evidenced by their offseason makeover, are trying to win now. The Twins, who traded center fielders Denard Span and Ben Revere during the winter, are rebuilding.
Asked about the possibility of playing for the Blue Jays at some point in his career, Morneau said: “That was my favorite team growing up, so that would be very cool. … If I have to leave here — where I have grown up, the only organization I’ve known — then hopefully it’s (with) a chance to win. … I would prefer it to be here, with us making the trades to add guys. But (Toronto is) one of those intriguing places, where if you win you have the whole country behind you. I grew up in Vancouver, and I was a Blue Jays fan. It’s nationwide. … It would be cool, but like I said: I would rather win here.”
So… he said pretty much exactly what you’d expect him to say. And, naturally, people are going to take the opportunity to get their gears working about it.
I get it. And… sure, Justin Morneau is a good baseball player when healthy. There’s nothing wrong with anyone wanting his or her club to be interested in him. But can it seriously not end there? Or, y’know, not even get started in the first place? I know I’m sure as hell not prepared to care about this any more than the possibility of the Jays acquiring anyone else, save for the obligation I feel to write a post about it, reminding people, once a-fucking-gain, that giving this much of a shit about what’s on a player’s birth certificate is so incredibly tiresome– and frankly, now that the Jays have shown that they’re willing to spend on the club, unnecessary.
We can pull from a broader pool now, thanks. No need to aim for guys you hope might actually want to play for a mediocre club half a continent from where they were born, on a particular side of an imaginary line. No need for Minnesota’s maple-flavoured damaged goods, eh?