Maybe Next Year – The Toronto Mentality
“Maybe next year….’ I call it the Toronto mentality. Whether it be the Maple Leafs, Raptors, or in this particular case the Toronto Blue Jays, the sports teams of Toronto just can’t seem to get it together.
It was only a few years ago that J.P Ricciardi had assured fans that we were in a rebuilding stage and 2010 was going to be ‘the year.’ In 2009 that date had seemingly been pushed back. In 2011 there is no longer a set date for Toronto to be competitive. I understand that the Blue Jays are in the toughest division in baseball. However, this year had promising opportunity for the club to seriously upgrade talent. Offloading the massive contract that had been given to Vernon Wells offered the club the chance to go out and really bring in some talent. Instead, we sign slugger (and I use the term loosely) Jose Bautista to a multi-year deal worth approximately 60 million dollars (not too far off the entire clubs yearly salary). This is an individual that has proven himself for only ONE season in the MLB. Never in his history has he had stats that warrant a contract of this magnitude prior to last season.
The loss of Roy Halladay was felt by all Blue Jay fans, but how about the loss of Shaun Marcum? With Marcum out of the Blue Jays rotation, where does it stand? Albeit, there really is some talent in the Jays starting rotation, it is in no way as strong as it was when led by Halladay with Burnett, Marcum, McGowan, and Litch; arguably the best starting rotation in baseball at the time.
Will this be the Blue Jays year? A short time will tell…but sadly, I believe I too will soon be saying ‘Maybe Next Year….’