Trying something new with the Assorted Weekend Thoughts this week: it’ll come at you as a series of smaller posts on a mostly-single topic (i.e. what normally would have gone under one sub-heading), rather than one big slog through it all that I don’t publish until 4:45 PM. Let’s see how this works, shall we?
It would be real tempting to shoehorn what happened over the weekend in Houston into some narrative about the Jays being sloppy, unfocussed, distressed about what didn’t happen at the trade deadline, so some other such thing that avoids the plain fact that the team simply didn’t play well. They too often didn’t make their pitches, too many balls they hit found gloves, all that good stuff.
It’s more complicated than that, of course, but really it’s kinda not, and as much as people love to harangue anyone they perceive to be an optimist with nonsense about good teams not losing to bad ones, that’s as much a pile of garbage today as it was the day the Jays arrived, when the Astros were coming off a series win against the A’s, or when they won a series against the Tigers at the end of June, or the Orioles and Mariners in May, or the Yankees at the start of the year.
That doesn’t make it good that it happened, but it’s baseball. It does happen. We know this. And now it’s onward to bigger and better things, after a day of rest — or, y’know, one of schmoozing in the VIP at OVO Fest *COUGH* — that seemed much needed by the end of the ten-game, three-city road trip the club just concluded.
Gah! Did I just do the narrative shoehorning thing myself??
Anywho, the Orioles come in to Rogers Centre tonight, and let’s effing hope the Jays are refreshed and ready and all those silly things it’s implied they were not when they happened to not win baseball games in Houston over the weekend. It’s already the fifth of August, the Jays still hold a playoff spot — albeit the second Wild Card one, and the right to go to Anaheim (or Oakland?) — and are facing the team they’re chasing for top spot in the A.L. East. So… yeah. It’s big. Maybe not quite yet the “meaningful September baseball” we’ve craved for lo these many years, but by all rights the atmosphere will be thick.
And with the fact that getting swept could send the Jays tumbling all the way to seven games back, um… maybe we shouldn’t take it for granted. I’ve got my tickets!
Image via Instagram. And no, you cannot complain about Jays players being there on an off day.