Blue Jays fans are a curious bunch.
The team emerged from a long, dark, and dreary period in its history last year with an incredible run to the postseason. They have kept the momentum going this season and currently sit in a playoff spot. Interest is at an all time high with people flocking to the Rogers Centre and watching on Sportsnet in record numbers.
You would think everybody would be happy. Stressed, but happy.
But here’s the thing: so many fans are not happy. In fact, they are downright angry. Judging by social media alone, people hate the Toronto Blue Jays.
Yes, several of the people are trolls who get a kick out of drawing a reaction out of fans. Take this idiot named Alex Hoegler (@alexhoegler) who calls himself a “Jays blogger and editor for The Sportster”. He is clearly riling people up.
Some of the people are just plain stupid, like this guy:
Just spewing negativity at everybody and hoping somebody validates his life.
But it’s more than just those two losers.
Go on to Twitter and search #FireGibbons. There are literally thousands of people who are calling for his head, proclaiming the season over because of his stupidity.
My question is: what is wrong with people?
With 23 games to play, the Blue Jays lead the Wild Card race and are 1 game back of the first place Red Sox.
From 1995 – 2014, fans would given anything to be in that position. On average in those 20 seasons with 23 games left to play, the Blue Jays were 5 games under .500, in second last place in the AL East, and 17 games back. The best team they had in that stretch was in 1999 when they were 74 – 65, but still 11.5 behind. The closest they were in that stretch was 2000 when they were 7.5 back.
Fans have literally been hoping and praying for a contender for over 20 years. We now finally have one and people are angrier than ever.
Hey people – cheer up!