Another voice has joined the ever-growing chorus of naysayers who seem to think it’s fun to write off the 2009 Jays before spring training games have even begun. This time, it’s CTV’s Josh Visser.
Visser boils his criticism down to two main points: Who’s gonna pitch? and Who’s gonna hit?
These are pretty fair questions to ask, but Visser’s answers basically amount to Halladay and no one. Never mind the idiotic pessimism, the guy doesn’t even know the names of the players he’s saying can’t do the job:
former all-star Matt Clements (who hasn’t pitched regularly in the Bigs since 2006)
Canadian Scott Redmond
Dude, it ain’t hard to look at a roster before posting. Or do you have some insider info that only you are privileged to?
But ignoring the mediocre answers he tries to provide for the first two questions, it’s the third question that really gets under my skin: Who’s gonna watch?
Who’s gonna watch? Baseball fans, that’s who. Jays fans, that’s who. A big chunk of the article talks about how JP Ricciardi couldn’t make any major signings because the team’s financial situation is not the best, then it talks about how there’s always “next, next year.” Well, there won’t be a “next, next year” if nobody goes to the games. The financial situation will just keep on getting worse and the Jays of “next, next year” will be sellers, not buyers.
So don’t go to the games. Maybe then the naysayers will get their wish and Halladay will be shipped off for a draft pick. (Yes, I know you can’t do that in baseball, but maybe the mythical figures known as Matt Clements and Scott Redmond can make it happen.)
UPDATE: Holy cripes! Being president of the Shaun Marcum Fan Club, I really should have caught this earlier:
Shawn Marcum, who was the Jays’ best pitcher for a good chunk of the 2008 season, will miss all of this year after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Shaun Marcum is fine! Some guy named Shawn is out for the season, so the Jays’ rotation shouldn’t be a problem!
Thanks to squizz for pointing out my omission.