Twenty years ago, Brett Lawrie was three years old. Twenty years ago was also the last time the Blue Jays were legitimate contenders as the MLB season began. Unless Lawrie has some kind of superhuman memory, the 2013 season is the first he’ll experience in which the Jays are expected to do great things.
Yes, it’s really been that long.
I’m not here to say that anything fantastic is going to happen this year. It might, it might not. Everything might fall into place and a parade might have to be planned this fall. Everything might also go pear-shaped and, well, I don’t really want to think about what that might mean for this team.
What I do know is that, whatever happens, it should be fun.
Jose Reyes is a circus.
Jose Bautista’s at-bats are, until further notice, still much-watch.
Lawrie, for all his dude-bro-ness, is still entertaining.
Mark Buehrle does not screw around.
Brandon Morrow is amazing.
And R.A. Dickey, what can you say? Just watch this:
Tonight, the Blue Jays are back. I’m excited for this every year, but this year, for the first time since 1993, there’s something more to the excitement than just the return of ball — this year could mean something. Five, six, maybe even seven months from now, we could still be watching this team play for something.
Will they win the World Series? I sure hope so. Is it likely? No. But the odds are against every team. Wherever this season ends up, it should be a fun ride. Enjoy it.