Drew and I got a rather interesting email from a reader today, who had happened to be listening to a Cleveland game on radio last night, as the club’s broadcasters absolutely went off on the Toronto Blue Jays, calling the club out for its smugness after their splashy off-season, for the coronation-like atmosphere at the Rogers Centre on Opening Day, and for the treatment John Farrell received on his way out the door.
The first couple things might actually be entirely fair criticisms– they claim a member of the Jays’ organization told them the club would be in the playoffs a minimum of three times in the next five years– but John Farrell’s treatment? From the Blue Jays? The hell?
Check out the audio itself, as well as a transcript, after the jump…
“Guy #1,” is the play-by-play guy, Tom Hamilton, making “Guy #2″ analyst Jim Rosenhaus. Have a listen:
Guy 1: When does the countdown begin for John Gibbons to get fired a second time up in Canada? 8-0 Red Sox in the 7th. Mike Napoli’s hit 2 homers.
John Farrell has Boston at 18-8. Best record in majors. Red Sox drilling Toronto 8-0 in the 7th.
The Blue Jays can’t lose enough. Boy the smug attitude they had when we were in Canada to open the season, it was like a coronation. “Yeah, I guess we gotta play 6 months of baseball but everyone knows what what we did in the off season makes us the greatest team in the history of baseball.”
Guy #2: It was amazing after the first 2 games of the season and they were asking Gibbons about if he was worried about the season and it was just two games in at that point.
Guy #1: Yeah they’ll be deep into their Labbatt’s in about half an hour. The ice is just starting to thaw in Canada and they’re already mathematically eliminated. Obviously they’re not going to be mathematically eliminated but if they lose tonight they are 9 and a half games out of first , and you’re basically one month into the season. The old adage that you can’t win the pennant in April or on May 1st, but you sure can lose it.
Guy #2: What has to be concerning is their pitching has really struggled and they were counting on that to be a strong suit. It sounds like RA Dickey is hurting right now.
Guy #1: Mark Buehrle has not been very good coming back to the American League. We had a member of the blue jays organization tell us, Opening Day!, that in the next 5 years the Blue jays will be in the playoffs a minimum of 3 times and the world series twice. That was before they had played one game and this was a member of the blue jays organization.
Guy #2: Confidence was not a problem.
Guy #1: You know though, Buck Martinez, the outstanding television broadcaster, and former manager in Toronto said, “Look, as Herb [Score, longtime voice of the Clevelands] used to say ‘This is why we play the games’ but as great as it looks on paper it hardly ever works in baseball, doing what Toronto did in the off season.” Basically go out and try to buy a title.
Guy #2: And the fact that they were trying to do it with players that Miami tried it with the year before and then got rid of after their disaster.
Guy #1: Then again, it is only May 1st, And they certainly can get hot, but we’ll be rooting against them.
Guy #2: Keep those cards and letters coming folks, from north of the border.
Guy #1: Nice people up there, but.. what they did to John Farrell was a travesty. Guess that’s where my bitterness comes from. They threw John Farrell under the bus. They blamed john for everything including their current medical plan in Canada. And now John has Boston in first with the best record in baseball. But the shots they took at John Farrell this off season, were way below the belt.
Like… seriously? I mean, if you’re going to be dicks, guys, at least have the common courtesy to not be laughably off-base– y’know, about the Farrell stuff that is, though, as an ex-member of the Cleveland organization, maybe they’ve heard some of his one-sided pissing and moaning? But, you know what, also about the whole “buying a championship” nonsense too. Didn’t Cleveland spend way more in free agency this year than the Jays did? Or was that my imagination? Also… I just… I don’t even know. Like, WTF, Cleveland?