Fact: The Toronto Blue Jays blew two consecutive games in the ninth inning against Tampa.
Fact: The Tampa Bay Rays are the best team in baseball.
Relax people. It’s not the end of the world. Yes, the Jays probably should have won yesterday. They definitely should have won on Tuesday. But so what? I couldn’t believe the negativity I heard this morning from all kinds of different people. Things like “here comes the collapse”, or “the Jays suck, what a crappy team”, or even “it’s over – there goes the season.”
Are you kidding me?
It’s time to step back and settle down.
I read a tweet last night from fellow Blue Jays blogger Ian at the Blue Jay Hunter that said “’tis better to have led and lost than to have never led at all.” This afternoon I read the latest post by another Jays blogger, 1 Blue Jays Way, that said even though they sting, Toronto shouldn’t feel shame from those losses because the Rays are a very, very good team.
Well, I completely and wholeheartedly agree with both. For all of those fans out there who are jumping off the bandwagon left, right, and centre, I hope you hurt yourself on the fall. We should be proud and supportive of this club. What they have accomplished so far this season is astounding. Will they keep it up? Who knows. I hope so, but realistically a downfall might be coming.
But for all of you who are hating on the Jays right now, let me point you here where Scott Miller of CBS Sportsline predicts Toronto to finish dead last, while poking fun at their no-name roster. Or how about here where fellow Sportsline columnist Danny Knobler predicts the 2010 Jays to be in the same class as the Pirates, Royals, and Astros. Need more? Check out SI’s predictions (you guessed it – Toronto is last) or ESPN’s (Jayson Stark switched it up a bit – he didn’t pick the Jays in last but placed them amongst the worst nine teams in the game).
Get the picture? All of these so called “experts” predicted Toronto to finish the season behind Baltimore. While they might not finish in the top-5 in the sport, they are currently 15 games ahead of the hapless Orioles. I’m going to go ahead and say they’re safe from that result.
Bottom line is this: enjoy the start to the season. Stop hating, stop being negative, and start smiling. The 2010 Toronto Blue Jays are good, blown leads or not.
Besides, wouldn’t you rather lose competitive games against the best team in baseball while staying within striking distance of the Wild Card than spend the season licking the dirt off Baltimore’s feet?
I know I would…