Genuine Excitement For Toronto Blue Jays?

By TSM

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So, I know that all of you who follow me on twitter (@yyzsportsmedia) saw this article, but wow did Joel Sherman gush all over our Toronto Blue Jays in the NY Post! When was the last time you read or heard comments like this about the Jays:

“The Blue Jays, methodically, have assembled a talent base at both the major and minor league levels that has them poised to turn the AL East into a Fearsome Foursome. That unsettles no one more than what had been the Terrific Trio of New York, Boston and Tampa. As Yankees GM Brian Cashman said, “It is not good for anyone going up against them.”

“Here is another thing you might not know: Toronto’s owner, Rogers Communication, just might be the majors’ richest ownership. Thus the money is there to take the payroll to places the Rays could never dream about; keep the homegrown elites that ultimately flee Tampa.”

““This is not a long-term project anymore,” Cashman said. “They are knocking on the door. It is undeniable that they are going to win and win for a while. They are reaping the benefits of great scouting, patience and doing things right.”
Or as Alex Rodriguez said, “They aren’t a secret anymore.”

“Toronto is viewed as having a top-three farm system with one scout calling the Jays’ 2011 Double-A team the best he had ever seen. The Jays have formulated “a lineup without an easy out,” Mark Teixeira said.”

Compare that with all the negativity that’s been written about the team locally. I am not saying the Post is right, or that the locals are wrong. However that kind of talk certainly gels with what I’ve been told about ad sales surrounding the Blue Jays.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a writer for a media outlet, taking the time to write a story and then have the story butchered by a brutal headline.

I loved these two gems tonight:

“Victory over Lightning just what Leafs needed”

Ya, think? I mean come on. That’s f’n brutal.

or

“Leafs win, don’t tank”

How exactly would the writer of that suggest they tank? Is the expectation that it will be obvious? Yes the players will simply not play in attempt to get a better draft pick. Reimer didn’t lift his leg and let a goal go in.

If they played really well and got smoked, would the headline be, “Leafs throwing in the towel”?

If it pisses me off, I can’t imagine how the authors feel.

Have a great day!

TSM

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Derrick
Derrick
March 16, 2012 9:12 am

The Sherman article was overly positive, but local media has been overly critical.

There is genuine excitement in the fan base. I listen to the MLB radio for spring training games and when we get the opposition radio broadcasts, the announcers have a lot of good things to say about the team.

Daniel
Daniel
March 16, 2012 1:35 pm

I think Derrick is pretty much right.

The American MLB media has been far, far more positive about the Jays than the local media is. For a couple years now.

I think the American media is able to take less invested, non-fan point of view. The Jays were in bad shape after 2009. Old overpaid team, terrible farm system. AA has created a great system and good young core of players really quickly.

But I think the local media has a fan’s perspective though, which is, we’ve waited 18 years for a good team, we don’t care about the farm system, get us a good team now! (Which I definitely understand).

It definitely feels like interest is up and the Jays are relevant again. And someone who’s been a fan through some lean times – it’s fun to see.

Al in Burlington
Al in Burlington
March 16, 2012 4:13 pm

Compared to the Leafs, Raptors, Argo’s, TFC, whats NOT to like about the Blue Jays!

Derrick
Derrick
March 16, 2012 4:19 pm

Alright, I want odds on whether or not the Dome will be open on opening day. If it is then it’s a good sign of things to come.

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