Blue Jays - is it possible!? :O

Ever since the Blue Jays won the World Series more than once back in the 90's when I was just a kid, I can't remember the last time I truly followed the team on their quest to win the title again... that's because ever since then, the team has been stricken with poor pitching and batting output, as well as poor management.  These days though, wow... it really does feel like they're coming out of left field..
 
Ever since Bautista started lighting up his at-bats, almost everyone on the team started to be able to swing.  Now we got batters who can actually hit... giving our pitchers some breathing room... Johnson, Lawrie, Bautista, Thames, Encarnacion, Arencibia... almost everyone on the team can swing!  I'm not saying they will be able to win the World Series this year, but they're starting to look more and more like a team who can actually become a contender, if not in this year, then the next!  I think the managers and owners know this as well, as there have been more press and promotions to help try to raise some hype and excitement about the team's successes and potential.
 
Anyone else out there a Blue Jays fan?  What are your thoughts and opinions on the team developments as of late?  I wonder if we'll ever see the Skydome (yes, not the Rogers Centre -_-) be packed to near capacity again on regular non-opening games.
 
I really just hope that management is going to be smart and try to hold on to the guys on the team right now that are really shining.  Please, please, please, don't make the same mistakes that other Toronto sports teams have done in the past T_T.  More TV coverage would be nice too.. not everyone has cable T_T.

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Posted by JCTango

Ever since the Blue Jays won the World Series more than once back in the 90's when I was just a kid, I can't remember the last time I truly followed the team on their quest to win the title again... that's because ever since then, the team has been stricken with poor pitching and batting output, as well as poor management.  These days though, wow... it really does feel like they're coming out of left field..
 
Ever since Bautista started lighting up his at-bats, almost everyone on the team started to be able to swing.  Now we got batters who can actually hit... giving our pitchers some breathing room... Johnson, Lawrie, Bautista, Thames, Encarnacion, Arencibia... almost everyone on the team can swing!  I'm not saying they will be able to win the World Series this year, but they're starting to look more and more like a team who can actually become a contender, if not in this year, then the next!  I think the managers and owners know this as well, as there have been more press and promotions to help try to raise some hype and excitement about the team's successes and potential.
 
Anyone else out there a Blue Jays fan?  What are your thoughts and opinions on the team developments as of late?  I wonder if we'll ever see the Skydome (yes, not the Rogers Centre -_-) be packed to near capacity again on regular non-opening games.
 
I really just hope that management is going to be smart and try to hold on to the guys on the team right now that are really shining.  Please, please, please, don't make the same mistakes that other Toronto sports teams have done in the past T_T.  More TV coverage would be nice too.. not everyone has cable T_T.

Posted by Daroki

The biggest problem for the Blue Jays is that they have two teams with the biggest payrolls in baseball sitting in the same division. Tough to compete on a consistant basis with the Yankees and Red Sox.

Posted by BoG
@Daroki said:

The biggest problem for the Blue Jays is that they have two teams with the biggest payrolls in baseball sitting in the same division. Tough to compete on a consistant basis with the Yankees and Red Sox.


Yep. That's all there is to it. Being in the same division as the Yankees is just rotten luck. I know, my AL team is Baltimore (you can laugh at me if you want).
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Posted by laserbolts

I'll never forget that Joe Carter moment and I was a big fan of the jays for years. Just haven't been keeping up on baseball for the last couple seasons. Sadly I spend more time cheering for the leafs than any other sports team. One of these years it's gonna happen and then all the naysayers will know.

Posted by Milkman

As long as the Blue Jays are in the same division as the Yankees and Red Sox, it's going to be a while before they can make a real impact. Also, while they definitely can hit, after Romero they don't have much pitching to speak of and their bullpen has been a total mess all season long.

Posted by FiestaUnicorn

If the Blue Jays were in a division that had less than three other really good teams they'd have a better record andmaybe a shot at the playoffs.  I think they'd stand a good chance of winning the central.

Edited by JCTango
@laserbolts: Oh man.. me too!  It still gives me shivers down the spine when I think about that moment.  I was such a kid back then.. I just got back home from getting Chinese food... I ran up the stairs with my dinner to watch the game on the tv.  I think they were down a run or two... I didn't think they'd pull it off.. then BLAM!  HOMMMMMMMMMME RUNNN!!!!  I was so happy :D I had my flat noodle dish.. and my favourite team (at the time) just won the world series! :D  
 
I can still remember lifting my arms up in the air and cheering quietly, since my parents would probably thought I was crazy if I screamed =).
 
  
  I couldn't find a better video of the moment ;_;
Posted by asian_pride

I think the Jays can do it. Obviously not this year, but I think there's room for Toronto in the playoffs. I think the offense is there, but if they can get some bullpen arms in there they can certainly compete in the division. If not, then there's always the wild card.

Posted by laserbolts
@JCTango Yeah I was watching it with my dad and brother and I lost my shit. I think my dad might have fucking shit his pants in excitement. It's a moment I'll never forget.
Posted by eltrut

@JCTango said:

I wonder if we'll ever see the Skydome (yes, not the Rogers Centre -_-)

Wha, you dont like what Uncle Rogers did with the place? ;)

Went to a game in August, not a bad turn out. Would love to see the place packed!

Posted by natetodamax

lulz, Blue Jays. They definitely won't be beating the Red Sox or the steroid monkeys at the Yankees this year.

Posted by JCTango
@eltrut: Hehe, I just don't like that they changed the name... I remember when they built the place.. it'll always be Skydome to me =).  I really wanna go watch a game sometime.. that goes for the leafs as well as the raptors.. 
Posted by JCTango
@natetodamax: haha probably not.. but from a fan who has seen his team suck so bad over the years.. I'll take anything at this point.. watching them get this good after so many years of sucking so bad... I'll take it.  0.500 avg.. i'll take it lol.
Posted by asian_pride
@JCTango said:
@natetodamax: haha probably not.. but from a fan who has seen his team suck so bad over the years.. I'll take anything at this point.. watching them get this good after so many years of sucking so bad... I'll take it.  0.500 avg.. i'll take it lol.
Lol yup, as long as they're over .500, it's all good. Then next year or two, you never know, they might.
 
Hell, nobody thought the D'backs would even be well over .500, much less be in the pennant race over the Giants. I didn't either.
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@Daroki said:

The biggest problem for the Blue Jays is that they have two teams with the biggest payrolls in baseball sitting in the same division. Tough to compete on a consistant basis with the Yankees and Red Sox.

Do you think the league should implement a salary cap?  Right now I think they have a luxury tax or something where if you go over a certain amount, you gotta pay the league a tax.  With the way how it is now, some teams will always have more players of star quality than others =(.
 
@Milkman said:

Also, while they definitely can hit, after Romero they don't have much pitching to speak of and their bullpen has been a total mess all season long.

Sadly, that's all too true for the Jays :/.  Pitching, to me, has always been a weakness in the team.. at most they'd have maybe one or two good pitchers, but seeing how you can't rely on just one pitcher for all your games.. it's a really big detrimental factor in winning.  I wouldn't even call Romero a super pitcher either <_<.. he sorta seems to choke up a lot.  I'll give him props for trying though!
Posted by playastation

I'm from Calgary and my grandma was a big jays fan when I was in elementary. The jays always have a decent team. Always seem to have one decent pitcher (not this year), and good hitting. But hovering around .500 won't cut it. Especially now, the d-rays, yanks, and bosox are ALL good. They probably have to win 95 games just to get a wild card. Almost impossible.

Posted by RockinKemosabe

The Jays need a miracle to make the playoffs again especially since they have the Yankees and Red Sox as division rivals.

Posted by uniform

I like the Jays, but they're not my team. I grew up with a family of Jays fans, and I can't help but smirk when I remember watching games as a small child and always rooting for the Yanks or Orioles, much to the dismay of my family. I've attended roughly 40+ games, going back to the early eighties, long before they called the SkyDome home. I was always an Expos fan, but the thought of cheering for Washington didn't appeal to me, so I went with the Yanks when the Expos were no more. Even as a Yankee fan, the Jays were a big part of my childhood and it would absolutely suck to not have them around. For this reason I find it sad to see them achieve so little success since their back to back World Series wins.

Posted by Patman99

I've felt for the last few seasons that the Jays are ready to bust out. They show stints of awesomeness but every now and then revert back down to minor league chumps... I love the Jays with all my heart and I hope they can just become more consistent and they will go all the way!!!

Posted by AP3

Whether or not the allegations of sign stealing are true, the Jays just don't have the pitching to compete with the Yankees, Red Sox, or Rays. Bautista is certainly one of the best offensive players in the game, and other players around him are clearly good players as well. However, the division holds them down. It's hard to get big name free agents to go to Toronto to play baseball, when they could possibly go to Philadelphia or New York or Boston. If they got some solid pitching, their offense is definitely enough to get teams to worry about them. Both starting rotation and bullpen arms are a must in the AL East.

Posted by masternater27

At least you guys have an exciting offense. Being shutout like 40 times a year is getting frustrating (Mariners fan)

Posted by Dalai

The only way the Blue Jays can win a division title anytime soon is to move to the AL Central... and that's not gonna happen. But I might be wrong since the Jays have some great, young players that can make a run for it in the near future.

But I'm a Yankees fan so I'm hoping Toronto stays average.

Posted by fishmicmuffin

@JCTango said:

@laserbolts: Oh man.. me too! It still gives me shivers down the spine when I think about that moment. I was such a kid back then.. I just got back home from getting Chinese food... I ran up the stairs with my dinner to watch the game on the tv. I think they were down a run or two... I didn't think they'd pull it off.. then BLAM! HOMMMMMMMMMME RUNNN!!!! I was so happy :D I had my flat noodle dish.. and my favourite team (at the time) just won the world series! :D

I can still remember lifting my arms up in the air and cheering quietly, since my parents would probably thought I was crazy if I screamed =).

I couldn't find a better video of the moment ;_;

I was only three at the time, but being a huge baseball fan I can only imagine how awesome that was to experience. I'm kind of jealous. I was raised in the Bay Area and I'm a Giants fan, so I was really happy last year when they won it all. That is a far more dramatic way to do it though!

Posted by ColinWright

As a Mets fan I would love to see the Yankees get smacked around. Hope it's sooner rather than later. :)