This has been an organization that has delivered less over the years than those other sad sacks that pass themselves off as professional sports organizations in this city.
I hammered Rogers in the off-season for not giving the Jays and their wunderkind GM, Alex Anthopoulos, a lot more money to go out and do something dramatic to help this team finally make it into the playoffs, something like signing Prince Fielder or bidding enough to acquire another quality starter — my argument being that this is a team close to contending, so why not put their money with their mouth is? Rogers, you see, is not exactly an organization living hand to mouth. They have billions, but have long been (too long) middle-of-the-road spenders in Major League Baseball.
I even bashed the Jays’ loyal fan base for not being sufficiently tough on the organization. I attended the annual State of the Franchise gathering in January at the Rogers Centre and couldn’t help but come away thinking about Marineland and their harem of trained seals.
...I still have reservations about this team, despite the addition of a wild card entry into the playoffs and the fact that the Red Sox and the Yankees may not be what they used to be. The back end of the Jays’ starting rotation is a mystery, as is the bat of Colby Rasmus and the glove of Eric Thames.
...Despite what many fans believe, most journalists want to see the teams they cover succeed. I mean, you can only bash an organization for so long before you run out of material (although the Maple Leafs make it pretty easy).
Posted: April 10, 2012 at 05:23 AM | 43 comment(s)
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