Well here’s something that might– but might not– keep on turning its way into becoming a regular feature, but that I’ll make to look like one anyway in order to keep from having it seem too terribly out of place: a collection of random thoughts on this weekend’s series with the Rays and whatever else was going on!
- The Blue Jays are not good enough to overcome Brandon Morrow being hurt and R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Ricky Romero being this bad.
A lot of insufferable sourpusses who are too mentally weak to stop themselves from vomiting negativity and patting themselves on the back for it would sure like to pretend that I should have stopped after the seventh word of that sentence, and a lot of words have been written and hands have been wrung about all the other stuff– none of which has been perfect, mind you– but you really need to look no further than those four names. Even after games where it hasn’t been them, it’s them.
All the other shit– the defence being bad, Bonifacio being bad, Melky being hurt, Arencibia being disgustingly atrocious, random variance taking a huge dump on the situational hitting and when the decent hitting and pitching performances line up–gets glossed over tremendously with stronger starting pitching. And the fact that those starters have track records (and injuries) is why only a moron would be suggesting now that he saw something fundamentally wrong with this club in April, or in May– or somewhere along the line– or insisting that Alex Anthoupoulos has somehow shown himself to be unfit for the job. That’s not me trying to say that nothing is bad or that you ought to be enjoying watching all of this season’s promise go up in flames, just that it doesn’t give anyone license to sharting out whatever idiotic negative thought that comes into their head and thinking it defensible on the grounds of, “But they suck! MEUHHHHHH.”
- OK, maybe J.P. Arencibia being fucking awful wouldn’t be quite so easily glossed over, but the rest of the stuff I really think would– there’d be some breathing room for the necessary context about Lawrie and Cabrera’s injuries, and the luck dragons people like to pretend don’t exist because they’re not satisfied until they can blame someone’s deficiencies of heart and wit for whatever lets loose in them the awful, crummy feelings they get whenever the team loses on the edge of a razor thin margin. But Arencibia? He seems to be intent on making sure that his shitty play– 22nd of 25 catchers (minimum 220 PA) in wOBA and 24th in the fielding metric FanGraphs uses for catchers in their WAR calculation (ahead of only Carlos Santana and his .364 wOBA)– isn’t the only reason he’s run out of town at season’s end by trying to talk his way out of town as well.
I’d implore JPA to just can it, but… no, no, please keep talking, you damn dope.
Josh Gold-Smith, writing for Awful Announcing, caught some more media-focussed venting from the Jays’ catcher on Jim Bowden’s satellite radio show, as Arencibia said that the criticism he receives is “different when it’s the people that we employ,” and says he went to Paul Beeston about the issue of fans hearing too much negativity.
Yeah, Sportsnet, you dicks! How dare you try to maintain the veneer of credibility when we all know that you’re supposed to just be a bunch of cheerleaders for the team, and especially– especially!– its weakest players. I mean, it’s one thing when you talk up Encarnacion and Bautista and relay the remarkable comeback stories of Steve Delabar and Dustin McGowan and Brett Cecil, but what are you doing for the guys that fucking suck? No, I mean the ones that really suck.
- I probably should have more thoughts about this, but there really isn’t a whole lot more for me to say about Carlos Delgado than that he’s awesome, and that his new spot on the Ring Of Honour is rightfully taken. You know the story of the wasted years and Ricciardi’s lowball offer, etc. etc. Easily the best, most entertaining hitter I’ve been able to watch up close on a regular basis as an adult– and I’m sure that’s true of a lot of you as well. (Yeah, those are quite a few caveats, but… y’know… Alomar, Molitor, Winfield, Olerud, etc.).
- It’s kind of awesome to see all the Expos fans coming down to the Rogers Centre and I hope the tradition keeps up until they finally get a team back in Montreal, and we’re talking about this year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after year after… you get the point. It’s gonna be a while. Good on them for trying, though.
- I’ve been entirely dismissive of all the “MEUHHHH GO SIGN HALLADAY THIS WINTER” nonsense that comes up on Twitter and in the comments here from time to time (though less so lately, with Doc out injured), and I probably should continue being so. However, I was just as dismissive of the same kind of stuff about the solution to every Jays problem being moving Brett Lawrie back to second base, and apparently somewhere along the line the club actually decided that was some kind of bright idea (and how’s that looking so far, by the way?).
(I should add, though, that while I may scoff, I’m not one of these “this is the dumbest thing ever, why are they possibly doing it?” people. It’s all about flexibility on the trade market. If they can find a deal for a third baseman who is an offensive upgrade on Maicer Izturis, it’s kinda hard to do it without knowing they can shift Lawrie over. On the other hand, maybe it’s to show teams looking for an upgrade at second base that Lawrie can be their man– though I highly doubt the club would be as clueless and fickle as the fucking fans chanting Kaw-a-saki at Lawrie over the weekend. Like… I get that you like the guy, but fucking seriously??? How dare Lawrie rush keep playing through pain and rushing himself back into action to help the team, because it’s suppressed his numbers and you can’t manage to wrap your fucking dull head around it??? For real????)
So… uh… anyway Halladay. Fuck it. Pipe dream away!
And do so even more now because Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly spoke to Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, who like the progress he’s seen from Halladay as he recovers from shoulder surgery. “It has been very encouraging because his range of motion has been phenomenal. His arm slot is closer to where it was in 2010. It’s probably a good eight to 12 inches higher.”
Get that man some weighted balls!
- I’ll save it for the podcast, but… a Ted Rogers statue outside the Rogers Centre? Excuse me while I puke in my mouth a little. (Which isn’t to shit on the spirit of the good Uncle Ted, I’d be fine with a statue of him in an appropriate spot, it’s just… in front of the baseball stadium funded by public money that he bought for a fraction of the cost? Who thought this was a good idea?)