This, I think, despite it’s unseemly J.P. Ricciardi-ishness, is actually a good thing– despite what Bob Elliott will try to suggest to you through the power of all-caps in his latest for the Toronto Sun. In that piece, after dropping the Colby Rasmus rumour that I addressed in the previous post here, he tells us, rather sarcastically, that “in other news” the Jays are “one year into a five-year window.”
He goes on:
Somehow, we remember from last December general manager Alex Anthopoulos saying the trades gave the Jays a chance to win the next three years.
“I said three-to-five years,” said Anthopoulos during his daily briefing.
Indeed, we’ve all been using the three-year bit of it, but AA’s right! Ken Davidoff of the New York Post certainly added the “five year” bit in a piece back in January, and Elliott suggests there are other instances, as well. And that’s a great thing!
Why, you ask? Because even though Elliott says that “the Jays HAVE to contend next season” (see what I mean), they really don’t. I mean they should, and a lot of jobs would be in jeopardy if they didn’t, and we obviously all want them to, but “have” is a bit of a strong word, and “HAVE” is plainly ludicrous. Like… what would happen? Pestilence???
Fortunately for all of us– though he may feel more desperation than he lets on in his posturing– Alex Anthopoulos quite obviously gets this. Elliott explains:
The new news about this new, five-year window came when Anthopoulos was asked since the 2014 season is of more importance compared to last year or any other year, why he would not trade prospects for immediate help?
“It depends, I don’t look at it that way, if that was the case we would trade everybody (prospects),” Anthopoulos told reporters. “You have to balance the short terms vs. the long term.”
This is who you want running your team, folks– provided, that is, that you don’t have an Ilitch or a Steinbrenner at the top. Certainly not media guys egging on the braying moron set into championing causes against their own interests– which, it turns out, papers like the Sun are kinda good at.