Say it ain’t so Cito!!

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!),

TimmyCup.jpg 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.
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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?


or 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. 



  1. Jane Heller

    Cito’s a great manager but he stuck his foot in his mouth with that one. I honestly believe what I commented back to you on my blog. With Halladay anchoring the staff and Litsch always tough (especially on the Yankees – I remember all too well) and whichever other arms you might pick up/develop, I would NOT write off 2009. Alex Rios is a stud and Vernon Wells should bounce back and Giambi’s looking to stay in the AL as a DH. He’s a great clubhouse guy and can still hit for power. Don’t lose hope!!!!

  2. The Iceman

    Thanks! I would never lose hope, and can see what Cito is doing by lowering expectations for the team. Just a dumb thing to say of course. I think we can still land Giambi, and surprise a few teams this season though. Would still be nice though to be able to spend money at will like those Yankees. It’s a little like fantasy baseball.

  3. welikeroywelikeroy

    Great post! Living in Hamilton, I don’t get to pick a lot of the Toronto papers. I’ve noticed that Cito can sometimes be a little too free speaking. Definately not good for the organization when you have the coach saying that. I saw some life in David Purcey last year, even though people look at his numbers in the minors and say he nowhere near even a 4th starter in the league.

    The Jays have definately lost some pitching, but last year we didn’t even need that. The pitching was there! Cito did great things improving the at-the-plate approach of Snider, Lind, Rios, Overbay and bringing in Brandon League to the bullpen. That is why it hurts me to hear him say that. The hope was really resting in Cito for next year at least.

  4. The Iceman

    I agree. Pitching has been a strength the past couple of years, and I think Purcey will be next in line. Just look at how far Litsch has come over the past 2 seasons. One or two new bats though, or at least regular production from Rolen, Overbay, Hill, and we should be ok this year. I still think Cito is the right guy for the job…just can’t let him talk to the media.

  5. Byrne

    I’m upset with the Blue Jays over this mentality. Its not Cito who’s to blame but the organization. As a result I won’t be renewing my season’s pass in 2009. I will, however, be going to Tim’s shortly for a double double. Happy blogging!!!

    • The Iceman

      I agree with you. This team is always taking one step forward, and then two steps back. Oh well, it’ll be good to see some of the youngsters play. The pitchers have been developing, and now that Lind and Snider and started to show some promise, there may be hope on the horizon. Oh, and enjoy the coffee!! You’ll need it in this weather.

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