Archive for December 2015

One Hell of a Year

December 31, 2015

Where to begin…

My wife and I are at a game in late May. Mark Buehrle pitched well, but got little run support. The Jays would end up losing to Seattle that day.

Around the seventh inning, I made my way to the washrooms. As I waited in line, a couple of fans were discussing the team’s performance. They were the type of fans that jump to conclusions. The ones Mike Wilner would describe as “chicken littles.”

These fans were convinced the Jays were well on their way to another disappointing season.

“They’re done,” one fan told the other. “They can’t hit or do anything right. Pitching is terrible. They’re finished.”

I guess I could have reminded them there were four months left in the season, roughly translating to about 100 games. I could’ve said something colloquial like “anything is possible” or “anything can happen” or “chill the f*** out.” But I had no interest in debating with the stubborn fans.

Fortunately, they were wrong. Very, very wrong.

Instead, my hopes and prayers came true.

This team was somewhere between contender and another unsuccessful season. Then the late-July trades occurred and everything changed.

Something happened when Troy Tulowitzki and David Price became Blue Jays; stimuli that caused an incredible response. The Jays went from a good team to a dominate force. It was refreshing, memorable and simply fun to watch.

I can’t even describe the feeling. The city was excited. The country was electrified. For me, the confidence the Jays gave us was something that had been missing for years.

Down a few runs? No big deal. They would still win. Going to Yankee Stadium for a weekend series? They took charge without fear. Donaldson at the plate? Hope you were paying attention because something special was likely about to happen. Ditto for Joey Bats and Edwin.

Then there were the playoffs. I’m still recovering from the wild ride. Just a few days ago, Sportsnet aired a review of the season and included the seventh inning of game five. I knew what was going to happen; and yet, my heart was still racing.

Now the year is coming to an end. There’s a new President, a new General Manager and a few additions and subtractions. Certain fans – here come the chicken littles – have forgotten about the success that occurred in 2015. Some have even acted like 2016 will be a disaster, despite the fact that a single pitch hasn’t even been thrown.

Of course, it pisses me off; but there’ll always be those who are patient and calm and those who jump to conclusions. I won’t let the negativity ruin the incredible run the Jays went on.

I got to watch my favourite team end a 22-year drought and engage in playoff baseball; and I got to watch it live for the very first time.

There’s no way to know what will happen next season and I’m fine with that. Bring on 2016!

ER

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Epic moments at the ballpark.


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