I woke up this morning feeling pretty good about the day ahead. After arriving at work at little bit early to enjoy my coffee (Timmie’s double double of course!),
I decided to open the newspaper (The Toronto Sun), and check up on how the MLB Winter Meetings were going (damn you Yankees!). Now this is where my day took a turn for the worse. I opened up the sports section and read the following headline, “Gaston writes off ’09”. I won’t outline the whole article by Bob Elliot (you can read it here if you’d like), but it has basically told me not to bother cheering for the Jays this season. “We’re not moving backward, we’re moving forward, we’ll have a good team in 2010 and for a long time,” were the words of Jays manager Cito Gaston. Now I know that we are not going to re-sign A.J. Burnett (damn you Yankees!), and that our pitching staff is going to consist of Roy Halladay, Jesse Litsch, and then who knows (hey we did sign Matt Clement today to a minor league deal, only about 4 years too late!). I also realize that unless some sort of miracle occurs and we land a key bat through free agancy (Jason Giambi, Rafael Furcal, Raul Ibanez, etc.), that our offense will be the same one that ranked in the bottom third of the American League in all major offensive stats. Now pitchers and catchers are due to report to Spring Training in 64 days, and I’ve already quit on the season.
Now what are the Jays season ticket holders supposed to do? Ask for a refund, and let the Jays know that they’ll be back next year when they think they will have a better team? That’s a great job of marketing the team Cito. I for one was actually looking forward to watching the Jays this season, but now that all hope is gone, I guess I will have to find another way to spend my time and hard earned money.
How about this?
No, I think I’ll go for this instead,
Nothing beats a good road trip!!
Ok, so I actually love Cito as a manager, and I’m sure he means well by speaking the truth, and trying to take some pressure off this team, but there are certain things that just don’t need to be said to the media!! We know it’s going to be a challenging year, but that’s no way to sell tickets, and especially no way to sell hope to this dying fan base.
GO JAYS GO!!!!, uhhhh in 2010 I mean.