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Marty McFlyin’ is pointless

 

Note the date. No amount of Marty McFlyin' can fix this mess now.

 

One thing on which everyone can agree: Doc is awesome. I’m happy for him, but I’m not going to root for the Phillies to win the World Series just because he’s on the team.

I enjoy watching him pitch, sure. But you know what? I enjoy watching the Giants more. And I’m really, really going to enjoy watching Doc go head-to-head with Tim Lincecum. The Freak will rise to the challenge.

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Missing the Doc? Nope.

I had always thought of myself as a complete baseball fan. By that I mean a fan who enjoyed all parts of the game equally. Since I started this blog, I’ve come to realize that’s not quite true.

Sure I enjoy when the Jays put on an offensive blitz, but offence (unless it’s in the style provided by Ichiro) is not what turns my crank. Turns out I’m more of a pitching guy.

As such, I was pretty disappointed when Doc was traded. It’s not often you get to watch the best pitcher in baseball throw for your favourite team every five days.

I was again disappointed when the Phillies series was moved to Philadelphia. I had been hoping to see Doc pitch once again — so much so that I flirted with the idea of making a trip to Philly for the series.

That didn’t last very long though.

I’ve got a Toronto Star Season Pass this year. As such, the team sent me three vouchers for best available seats to any game this season as a way of making good for moving the Philly series. Last weekend when the Giants were in town, I got to sit in some pretty great seats and watch Jesse Litsch and Matt Cain engage in an excellent pitcher’s duel.

I loved it. And seeing it up close was only possible because I won’t get the chance to see Doc pitch in Toronto this year. I’m cool with that. I’ve seen Doc pitch a number of times. I’ve never seen Cain live before, and may never again. It was a treat.

And now tonight, as a great number of Jays fans everywhere will be sobbing their way through the game not sure what they want to happen, I’ll be out with my friends drinking and trying to not get arrested for not showing my papers.

Don’t get me wrong. I like Doc. I wish him the best. I may even sneak a look at a TV if I end up in a bar that’s showing the game (HA!) but I’m not going to stress about it.

Doc wanted to leave. It’s time to move on. I wish it hadn’t taken me this long to come to be finally over it, but I hope the game tonight provides closure for those of you who aren’t there yet.

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Bittersweet

Saturday afternoon I went to the Jays game and watched Brett Cecil do bad, bad things to the Baltimore Orioles. Brett Cecil is a bad man and I love him.

At one point during the game, I had the thought that I’ve had a number of times already this season: “How good would these Jays be if Roy Halladay was still here?”

I quickly squashed that thought because, damn it, Cecil was owning the LOLs and I should just enjoy the moment.

Flash forward to Saturday night. I’m at a party having no idea what happened in the world of baseball except that the Jays won and an Indians pitcher took a line drive off his temple. I’m a few drinks into the night and in walks Squizz, occasional poster to this very site.

Squizz: Chris, what did Roy Halladay do tonight?

Me: I have no idea.

Squizz: Really? Really?!

Me: Did he throw a no-hitter or something?

Squizz: He threw a PERFECT GAME.

At this point my face hit my palm and didn’t emerge for a few minutes.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m happy for Doc. But my initial reaction — and this hasn’t totally gone away yet — was a sense of loss combined with a burning why-are-the-baseball-gods-so-cruel feeling.

The word everybody is using is bittersweet, and it really does fit perfectly.

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Putting the scouts to the test

Whatever you think of Rod Barajas stats-wise, you can’t argue that he seems like a good guy (unless you actually know him, I guess. I do not know him.) That’s why I’m happy to see that he’s finally caught on with another big league team. Like most who struggled a bit in the American League, I think he’ll do pretty well in the National.

For Jays fans, a happy consequence of the Barajas signing is that Toronto will get yet another pick in the 2010. In fact, the Jays are set to get a quite a few picks early on in said draft. According to the YES Network’s official blog, Toronto gets 10 of the first 126 picks. Those are picks are as follows:

11. Blue Jays

34. Blue Jays (for Type-A Marco Scutaro)

38. Blue Jays (for failure to sign ‘09 sandwich rounder James Paxton)

41. Blue Jays (for Type-B Rod Barajas)

61. Blue Jays

69. Blue Jays (for failure to sign ‘09 second rounder Jake Eliopoulos)

80. Blue Jays (from Red Sox for Type-A Marco Scutaro)

93. Blue Jays

113. Blue Jays (for failure to sign ‘09 third rounder Jake Barrett)

126. Blue Jays

I know we’re looking at a few years down the road before the success of this draft can even begin to be determined, but Anthopoulos’ scouts have their work cut out for them right off the bat.

Pepper (Does that work here?)

In a move that should surprise no one, J.P. Ricciardi is joining ESPN.

In news that may surprise some, no Toronto prospects — not even the ones the team got in return for Doc — managed to crack Baseball America’s Top 20.

On the team’s depth chart, Bluejays.com has already anointed Kevin Gregg as the team’s closer.

Oh my gawd! That’s Brad Wilkerson’s music! Thankfully, it’s coming from Philadelphia, not Toronto.

Some joker at NESN implies that losing “valuable clubhouse influence” Kevin Millar somehow hurts the Jays this year.

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Farewell, Doc

Over the years, I’ve been known to say things like “Shaun Marcum is the best pitcher the Blue Jays have.” I’ve been known to do things like give John MacDonald my loudest cheers, no matter who else was playing. Hell, I even jumped on the Scott Rolen as Greatest-Blue-Jay-of-all-time train.

Yes, I’ve done these things. But if you paid attention while I was doing them, you’d have noticed a little asterisk somewhere in the vicinity. It’s not that Marcum didn’t deserve praise. It’s not that Johnny Mac didn’t deserve applause. It’s not that Rolen’s brilliance didn’t deserve recognition. They did and do.

No, the asterisk was the unspoken deference to Roy Halladay.

Doc is so good, comparing him to the others doesn’t even seem fair. The man is simply on his own plain.

I think Marcum can be a devastating pitcher, but Doc was not only the Jays’ best pitcher, he is the best in the entirety of Major League Baseball.

MacDonald’s hard work and amazing skill deserve the fan’s love, but Roy works harder than anyone and is better than the best.

Rolen was great, but Halladay is the only real choice as GBOAT.

As Jays’ fans, we’re all lucky to have had him for as long as we did. If you’re a Phillies fan, you have no idea what Doc will do for your team. Not only should he completely destroy the National League, he is the type of player who, through his sheer determination, inspires his teammates and makes the pitchers around him better.

Don’t believe me? How do think A.J. Burnett got to where he is today?

Farewell, Doc. You deserve to win and I hope it can happen for you in Philadelphia.

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Hoping The Plan doesn’t affect Doctor Moose

Right now it’s Saturday morning. The general managers meetings begin on Tuesday in Chicago. As of yet, Anthopoulos and Beeston have not yet unveiled The Plan. This concerns me.

Look, I know that the general managers meetings are not like the winter meetings. Free agents aren’t available yet and trades are typically not done at this time. But you can’t tell me that, at the very least, some laying-the-groundwork type of discussions don’t take place at these meetings, and how can the groundwork be laid if the team doesn’t know where they want the road to go?

The Plan could be announced any time between now and the start of the meetings, and I hope that it is. After the awful season this team put out, the off-season hasn’t been much better yet. I’m not going to pull crap like this idiot, but I could use some encouraging news.

UPDATE: Immediately after posting this, @MLBastian tweeted (twittered? twitted?) Anthopoulos will be speaking to the media later today. The plan may be unveiled. It may not be. Nobody knows. Or, more correctly, I don’t know.

Catching up after the Cito depression

Phillies win

Why are people congratulating the Yankees? Did advertising lie to me again?

• Ever wonder how Roy Halladay got to be so awesome? Turns out it has nothing to hard work and dedication. It’s because he is a moose.

Dave LaRoche, pitching coach for the Las Vegas 51s, has a wife. His wife writes a column for the Fort Scott Tribune. The Jays’ recent coaching shakeup inspired this column of hers. It’s not particularly well written, and it does devolve into religious pap near the end, but if you’re one of those people who think that those involved with sports teams are not normal people it might be worth looking at.

• Some twerp over at Bleacher Report is already talking about how Doctor Moose will lead the Yankees to a repeat next year.

• I know its old news now, but Vernon Wells is having his wrist worked on again. Upon hearing the news, my reaction was “right, that’s why he sucked so hard this year.” But I was being stupid. If the wrist was the problem, why was his OPS 146 points higher on the road? Maybe all the booing goes straight to his wrist?

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Blue Jays vs…. Blue Jays??

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This may be old news to everyone but me, but the Phillies apparently had a Blue Jay as their logo back in the 40s. Random.

Wikipedia has this to say:

The new owner, Bob Carpenter, Jr., tried to polish the team’s image by unofficially changing the name to the “Blue Jays”; however, the new moniker did not take, and it was quietly dropped by 1949.

Here’s hoping Rookie Romero shuts down the Philadelphia Blue Jays tonight and the Toronto Blue Jays rough up Cole Hamels real good.

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