As I commented over on Drew’s great post, the fact that optimism is dead is actually helping me with this season. When there are no expectations, it’s incredibly difficult to be disappointed. I guess in a weird way, Cito’s complete inability to run a team may have saved me from being an angry resentful Jays fan this year.
Case in point: The following is Toronto’s lineup that will face the Texas Rangers on Opening Day (via MLBastian)…
1. Jose Bautista, RF
2. Aaron Hill, 2B
3. Adam Lind, DH
4. Vernon Wells, CF
5. Lyle Overbay, 1B
6. John Buck, C
7. Edwin Encarnacion, 3B
8. Alex Gonzalez, SS
9. Travis Snider, LFPitching: Shaun Marcum (0-0, -.–)
There’s a lot there I could be upset about. But I’m not going to do it. I’m sure I’ll break down and get stupidly worked up about the manager’s moves (or lack thereof) before long, but right now I’m just going to bask in the glow of baseball happening for real again.
A computer generated season prediction
The fine folks at Out of the Park Developments recently set me up with a preview copy of their 2010 baseball game. I haven’t had a whole lot of time to play around with it yet, but I did run a simulation of the upcoming season. I don’t like to put a lot of stock into these kind of things, but if you’re the sort of person who does, I’ve got good news for the Jays fans out there: The team’s simulated record of 57-105 is good enough for last place in MLB! Nothing like getting the first overall pick in the draft!
Other interesting stuff: The Cards won the World Series; neither the Red Sox or Yankees made the post season; Tampa won the AL East; and the Orioles claimed the wild card spot.
Conclusion: If you’re the type of person who puts a lot of stock into these kind of predictions, you might want to rethink your stance.