The postseason has arrived and for the first time since 1993, the Blue Jays are part of the playoff picture.
Freelance writer Todd Devlin looks back at the 2015 regular season and previews the ALDS against Texas.
I was a young child when the Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series championships. Those wonderful days of 1992-93 became cherished memories. But while I was old enough to witness the magic, I was naive to appreciate what the team had accomplished and understand how hard the task of winning the top prize – not once, but twice – was.
As a kid, I only knew the Jays as a winning team. The days of playing below 500 and finishing at the bottom of the AL East occurred before I was born. So I didn’t know any better. In my adolescent mind, the Jays were always a first place team and they would naturally appear in the playoffs every year.
Obviously, I was not prepared for the 22-year journey that would occur.
But I learned a valuable lesson, reminded by witnessing poor performing teams, sitting in a less than half-full Skydome and consuming media that frustratingly treated the Jays as an afterthought at times.
So to my fellow Blue Jay fans…
With the ALDS against Texas one sleep away, I offer the following advice: SAVOUR every moment, regardless of outcome. Do NOT take this playoff run for granted. As hard as we try, we do not know what the future entails. This could be the start of a dynasty or a one-hit wonder. It’s just not worth trying to figure out. Focus on what’s happening now and enjoy every second of it.
This season has been – and continues to be – special. So please, savour it.
As far as I’m concerned, the race for the AL MVP is over. Josh Donaldson is the Most Valuable Player of the junior circuit.
Tell your friends
Tell your family.
Spike the football.
Drop the mic.
Jays are playoff bound
Gone is the drought and heartache
Enjoy this moment
We are heading towards an exciting finish!
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I still believe in Drew Hutchison.
I still believe he can be a productive member of the rotation. We know he has the potential. We have seen him pitch like an ace. Who cannot forget that Greg Maddux-style complete game he threw earlier this season?
However, at this point in the season, with the stakes higher than ever, the Blue Jays cannot afford a performance like the one Hutch gave on Wednesday night.
If Stro pitches well on Saturday – I’m very nervous about that match – and Mark Buehrle returns to form, then perhaps it would be best for Hutch to be moved to the bullpen.
Yes, it is a setback for Hutch. Yes, it’s a demotion; but it’s what’s best for the team.