I am proud Blue Jay Fan.
"The New York-Boston thing was getting old everywhere except, well, New York and Boston. " - Ian Browne in a column on BlueJays.com
This comment really got me thinking about being a fan of something that never really gets the time of day normally. Being a fan of the Jays, and coming to places like this all of the time is like trying to justify a 7-2 hand in poker cause sometimes it wins - but against the big boys it just doesn't cut it.
The Jays are finally putting their best foot forward and trying to truly compete next year. Words like "five year plan", "all in good time" and "can’t compete with that kind of money" are not being muttered this year - which gives hope to the Toronto masses - finally.
Alex Rios, Russ Adams, Gustavo Chacin, Guillermo Quiroz, and finally Aaron Hill; what a great start. For years we've been hearing about these guys, and watching them develop as true major league players - but my God - what a relief it is to hear now that the Jays are finally "step (ing) up to the plate and get (ing)involved with some of the teams that were out there bidding" - JP
I don't really care if the overspend - as long as they bring in quality players that will push them over this hump they've been resting on for about 10 years. Threads debating "Overpaying Ryan" - "Giles too Old" - in the end I could give a crap. These are quality "proven" players. Debate all you want about how proven, or how old, these guys will help this team win games. Period.
On top of all this - they are making these moves in a year that the Yankees are quiet, and the BoSox are really in turmoil as far as a certain direction that the team is going. JP has built a team that is affordable and talented, and fans in Toronto are truly breathing the fresh air that has been sorely missed for many years.
Nobody thinks the World Series in just around the bend, but finally people are starting to mutter "Playoffs Maybe??". That’s a real start in my opinion.
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