Gee, I could almost delude myself into thinking someone at the Rogers Centre was paying attention to me here! Or else that I simply speak for the rank and file Blue Jays fans. Either way, a great big thumbs up to the Blue Jays for rectifying the annoying long standing wrong with the team’s image this week by introducing a ‘new” logo and uniform.
Yay! The blue is back in the Blue Jays, the black and silver is gone and not missed and the loved birdie of the original logo has flown back– well, almost. Sure, the logo is ever so slightly modified from the 1977 one, all the better to sell a few more new caps, and the font now is a serif font rather than non-serif, but essentially the look is right back to the one we fell in love with from the team we fell in love with . The one that was great and eventually brought us a World Series championship. Then another. Looking at Jose Bautista in the publicity photos yesterday, if I’d taken off my glasses, could have made me think I was looking at a photo of one of the Crew of 92. Or I could think I was looking at the very designs I posted here mid-summer sewn to life and on an All-star. Fan response seems to be positive across the board.
Now, of course the job for Alex anthopolous and his staff is to bring back the other part of that era we feel nostalgic for as well– the victories , the playoff games. And with an extra wild card slot in the mix for next year, the number of excuses for not bothering just shrank some more.
If, and that is always a big caveat, newspaper reports can be believed, the jays may be close to doing so. Rumours abound this week of Mark Buerhle or James shields, Joe Nathan and second baseman Brandon Phillips being close to on their way to a Skydome near you soon.
Let’s bring back the glory all the way, boys!
In general , the awards this week aren’t too controversial or fodder for argument (although I’d still take Roy Halladay’s 19 wins and 2.34 ERA with two games washed out after minutes over Clayton Kershaw’s 21 W and 2.28 ERA in his pitcher-friendly , devoid-of-bats, wave Hi to Seattle and Oakland in interleague games division , but that’s just me) and I do think Jeremy Hellickson is the correct pick for AL Rookie of the Year. That said– c’mon! How is it nobody- not even a Toronto scribe – managed to find a place for JP Arencibia on their ballot?
Arencibia plays the most difficult position in the game and managed to do so remarkably well in his first complete year, silencing naysayers– including yours truly. His .993 fielding pct was only a mere one point off the numbers set by john Buck last year in his “breakout” season. Coupled with his durability behind the plate – 129 games- and .438 slugging percentage, 23 homers and 78 Rbi that surely should have merited some notice somewhere!
I’d take those numbers over Mark Trumbo’s .254 average and 29 home runs playing the easiest position.
Shame on Toronto sportswriters for snubbing JP.