Jays Lose Patriots' Day Clash

Just relax. Simmer down.¬†Yes, the last three losses in Boston hurt a team that had already suffered through back to back series losses in Anaheim and Seattle, and watching Ricky Romero getting roughed up in the fashion that he was today isn’t going to be a part of any Jays fan’s highlight reel. But this is the stuff that tends to happen now and again when you face the best lineup in baseball.

Talking during the game with Drew Fairservice, he said something humourous and insightful to say about the hyperbolic reaction on Twitter during today’s loss. To so many fans, there only seems to ever be one team on the baseball field. When your favourite team wins, it’s because they’re awesome. When the opposing team wins, it’s because your favourite team sucks.

The Boston Red Sox are a very good team, and the results from the last three games shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Having said that, you’re really not setting yourself up for very much of a chance at success with a lineup that includes several slumping sluggers, Corey Patterson batting second, and Jayson Nix. Or when you put Octavio Dotel into the game to pitch to anyone with any ability to hit from the left side of the plate. I say any ability to exclude the switch hitting Jason Varitek who Dotel struck out.

But to be perfectly honest, these are the options that the team is stuck with when the regulars go down. And this is the team that fans have to give a little bit of leniency to. I know that can be much to ask of a fan base that has had to suffer through almost 20 years without a playoff appearance, but just keep thinking about all those good things you say about Alex Anthopoulos. Think about how the Jays farm system has increased in the rankings so quickly and so definitively. Think about how the team unloaded what was largely considered an unloadable contract. Think about how the team acquired a player this offseason who is currently lighting up Triple A in his first year at that level. And finally, think about the future.

One day, in that not too distant future, Jays fans will have a team that we can properly get disappointed in when they lose a game or two to the Boston Red Sox. Until then, I encourage you to be patient.

Comments (15)

  1. “Think about how the Jays farm system has increased in the rankings so quickly and so definitively. Think about how the team unloaded what was largely considered an unloadable contract. Think about how the team acquired a player this offseason who is currently lighting up Triple A in his first year at that level. And finally, think about the future.”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh2sWSVRrmo

  2. I’m just so damn sick of losing at Fenway and listening to the crowing Massholes.

  3. Well put. It’s just too bad Boston had to regain their form this weekend.

  4. Thank you for this tiny corner of sanity in Blue Jay land, which seems ready to collectively leap off the CN Tower again if you take the majority viewpoint.

  5. Tao had a good point on Twitter:

    “It’s not even hysterical. It’s this calculated, cynical thing where people want to be the first off the bandwagon. Such B.S.”

  6. At the end of the day, this is a fun team to watch. Am I right that this Boston series is the first time the Jays have lost games by more than two runs?

    Tomorrow will be a fun catharsis against AJ.

  7. Thanks Parkes. I needed to hear that. And I need to apologize to my wife and kids for turning into a monster over the weekend. I pledge to no longer watch day games vs. Boston. I stay calm with losses to any other team, but the Bosox just make me lose my shit. Remember Paul Byrd’s post-retirement domination last season? Goddamn.

  8. Hopefully it will Canuckistani. Hopefully it will.

    So true Dustin (and by extension Tao). It’s this built in, strange, bizarre playground mentality “I need to say this before everyone else, so I can say see, told ya so…And I said it first” thingy that some people just absolutely have to put out there (and can do so ever more instantly in this weberrific era). If they’re right, they gloat. If they’re wrong, they’re happy that their team proved them wrong. It’s win-win for them. I don’t want to play psychologist here, but it sounds like they have control issues with the unpredictability of sports instead of being able to sit back and enjoy the ride.

  9. This current “team” won’t even be recognizable in another few months, so watching a bunch of replacement players get destroyed by a superior lineup isn’t exactly heart-wrenching.
    Until this team is retooled, this is what we’re gonna get.

  10. I hate hyperbolic fans. They drive me crazy. On another note, not that I want to see the Red Sox win, but Jed Lowrie needs to be the starting shortstop for that team. I love Marco Scutaro as much as the next Jays’ fan, but come on, Lowrie is clearly the better player.

  11. Agreed Travis, and they can plop Scutaro into the utility infielder role. He’s done it before and he’ll pick it up again, maybe not right away, but it shouldn’t take long.

  12. Watching this series should’ve taught us one thing: these Red Sox starting out 2-10 does not mean they’re a bad team. In fact, once Crawford and Gonzalez get going they have one scary lineup, outside of the catcher position.

    You have to agree with the majority of the fans though, that losing to Matsuzaka this way is not fun. At all. But the future is still bright.

  13. what a pitiful excuse of an article. doesn’t matter what the future is, you’re supposed to try to win games now. and I don’t care what their lineup is, the rays went into boston and won 2 with their noname hitters. they didn’t play scared.

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