Watching the National Lampoon’s Griswold family Christmas on CBC TV last night, I got to thinking about the joy (thats right, joy) of spending time with family during Christmas. Then I got thinking about this blog and the family many of us have created here. A much less genetic, more distant, would be a little akward if I actual met cyber-family.
Then I thought about the Blue Jays. Cito, Halladay, Vernon Wells and the bunch. I realized
that they too are like a family. The players themselves have a large family of fans that celebrate with them, struggle with them and even endure financial hardship with them.
I compare Roy Halladay to Clark Griswold. Clark would always try to ‘overdo’ everything to get his family into the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ (i.e. making a mamoth light display, a mamoth tree, a super-lubricated sled, having the entire family over for a week). Halladay does the same thing except in baseball. He takes games into the 9th, completes them until he is sure the Blue Jays have won, he pitches on short rest and his winning attitude gets the team into the ‘playoff spirit’. No matter how dysfunctional his family/team is (i.e. Frank Thomas, Shea Hillenbrand, Cousin Eddie). No matter how many financial hardships the family/team has to endure, it doesn’t get Clark Griswold or Roy Halladay down. They keep the Christmas/Playoff spirit. And in doing this, it has payed off for the both of them. Halladay got a fairly big contract extension through 2010, and Clark got a bonus check so he could install a pool at the end of the movie. The spirit is alive in both these men. Merry Christmas everyone. Mele Kalikimaka!