10 Reasons To Start Watching The Blue Jays

10 Reasons To Start Watching The Blue Jays

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BlogTo has compiled a pretty great list on the 10 Reaons to Start Watching The Blue Jays.

Highlights include:

6. Who’s That on the Mound?

It doesn’t seem to matter… The Jays have possibly the most unbelievable pitching staff in the majors. Fans have seen the last couple years that our bullpen is top notch, but we’d also been fortunate enough to have starters like Roy Halladay, AJ Burnett, Shawn Marcum and Dustin McGowan 4 out of every 5 games.

The current 5-man starting rotation (after Halladay) had a combined 17 starts last year. AJ took up disappointing Yankees fans, Marcum and McGowan are on long-term injured leave and bright lights Jesse Litsch and Ricky Romero as well as closer BJ Ryan have also gone down to injuries already this month. The Jays staff is still top-3 in most of the American League’s major pitching categories

 

(this was written before the Jays called up Brian Burres, obviously)

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9. The Suits Have Left the Building

Hey, remember when the Jays won all the time and everyone wanted to go to the game, but no one could get good seats because all those dudes in suits would sit there on their cell phones over the dugout for the entire game? Well, those guys have gone to the Leafs games now and it has left behind some very pleasant and knowledgeable baseball fans that this city doesn’t get enough credit for.

Talking to strangers and eavesdropping on conversations about teams past and players current is acceptable and encouraged and makes the game that much more pleasant to watch. The shortage of casual fans makes the game much quieter than one at, say, Fenway, but if the fans ever came back en masse, the city would remember that back in the early 90s, it wasn’t the Jays that they loved, it was baseball itself.

Another reason is the chance to see the prodigal son, AJ Burnett, return to play Toronto as a member of the New York Yankees.  Last year tensions rose between the two teams when A-Rod (now A-Roid) behaved in a bush league manner and drew the ire of Matt Stairs.  Plunkings ensured, retribution was promised and perhaps the bad blood will boil over into this season.

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Oh yeah, the Blue Jays also have the fun gimmick day of “bring your dog to the park”. You never know who you are going to see there….

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As good as list as this is, BlogTO misses the most convincing reason of all. If people actually show up at the ballpark, then the team makes money that they can actually reinvest in the team in the form of player salaries!  The result of this is (in theory) better players on the team, more entertaining baseball and a better chance for a winning ballclub! So go out and support the Jays during this hot streak and even if they cool down, because that is when they need your support most.

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  • Apparently Blue Jays pitchers lead the majors with 160 strikeouts!

  • Early

    Before Saturday’s blowout loss the Sox the Jays led the AL in WHIP. They are in a close second now.

    I don’t want to sound all gloom and doom but the longer the goes on the closer it will get to ending.

    This series in Kansas City is a test beleive it or not. The Royals for the first time in a long time have the chance to contend in the thin AL Central. Their pitching staff, esp their bullpen is very good. The Jays will catch a break in that they won’t have to face Zack Grienke who has been on fire this April. In four starts he has yet to yeild an ER and has a WHIP of 0.8!

  • Actually, the Jays will have to face Greinke on Wednesday. The series against KC is a 4 game series scheduled from Monday – Thursday. It will interesting to see how the Jays’ vaunted offense fares against the red hot Greinke. The baseball intelligentsia are talking up Greinke’s Cy Young candidacy very early on.

  • Everybody’s talking about Zack Greinke, but he’s not Kansas City’s only starter with a 0.00 ERA; tonight Brian Bannister goes into his start against the Jays with the same mark.

  • Ian

    For some reason, Toronto brings out the worst (or best, depending on how you look at it) in A-Rod. In 2007, it was the “ha incident” as mentioned above. Then last year, A-Rod was spotted with a mysterious female companion in Toronto, which led to the whole “Stray-Rod” story.

    If Jennifer Aniston shows up to that game, I hope she has auditions for who she gets to put on a leash.

  • I’ll probably be one of those sad sacks that hits up dog day this year.