You know how you feel when you wake up after you’ve had a few too many drinks? I didn’t touch a beer last night during the game, but had that same feeling waking up this morning after last night’s 6-5, 14-inning lose to the Angels. A baseball hangover, ladies and gentleman.
In a game that featured a little bit of everything, it would be easy to just point the finger at the blown call by third base umpire Bob Davidson and leave it at that, but it shouldn’t be that easy.
I’ve coached baseball for 10 years, at every level from coaching four year olds to adults. My mantra has always been that good teams don’t make excuses, they find a way to win.
As soon as you’ve found an excuse in a game, you’ve lost focus on what the actual job is – winning the baseball game, regardless of things you can’t control like the umpire’s discretion.
Who here thought the Jays were going to lose the inning immediately following that blown call? I sure thought it. It’s just the way baseball turns sometimes.
Blaming umpires has never been a reasonable excuse for any team I’ve coached and it shouldn’t be for the Jays either.
If they want a reason why the game was lost, here it is: 18 runners left on base.
Like clockwork the Jays put the runners on and left them out to dry. At the same time, the bullpen made Houdini-like escapes like it was cake, in what will likely be the best performance turned in by any bullpen in the major leagues this entire season.
So, as much as it might be easy or convenient to blame the umpire, sorry, but I’m putting this one squarely on the shoulders of the Blue Jays hitters.
On the flipside, I know how deflating a game like this can be. Here’s to hoping they can turn it around today, despite what on paper looks like a mismatch with Jered Weaver going up against Jo-Jo Reyes.