‘The Cito Effect’ in Full Effect

The Blue Jays have gotten out to an amazing start this season on the backs of a strong and surprising offensive output.  Adam Lind leads the league in RBI’s at this point, and the Jays have hit the most homeruns in the majors to this point.  Who would have thunked it???  Go Blue Jays!  I’m a homer, I’ll admit it! 

The pitching has, for most part, been solid behind a stellar bullpen.  With the exception of Brandon League and B.J. Ryan, the other notables in the pen (i.e. Scott Downs, Jesse Carleson, Brian Tallet and Jason Frasor) have picked up where they left off last season as one of the best pen’s in the league.  The starting pitching has surprising held their own despite some very high doubts coming into the season.  Newcomers Ricky Romero and Scott Richmond both got wins in their starts, and Roy Halladay has started the season 2-0, with a win over 2008 questionable Cy Young choice Cliff Lee in Cleveland the other night. 

Going into the opening week series against Detroit I got to opportunity to meet one of the better bloggers on MLB.  The famous ‘Happy Youngster,’ a guy that has made somewhat of a name for himself catching balls in Milwaukee.  He got 5 balls in Toronto, as the empty batting practice crowd gave him many opporitunities. 

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I wore my Paul Molitor Brewers jersey to honour a great Brewer/Blue Jay that spent so many years in Milwaukee and had a couple very valuable years in Toronto for a Blue Jay World Championship team in 1993. 

After the game, me, Happy and my friend Charles took to Alice Fazooli’s (a nice restaurant near the Rogers Centre) on Adelaide Street in Toronto.  (Bam!  I want money!)  We had a good time talking baseball, among other things.  The highlights of the conversation included: border security, Teddy Higuera, the future fantasy value of Alicdes Escobar, Molitor and baseball’s caught during games.  Charles showed his amazing baseball knowledge, and shared his story about the only time he got a ball at game.  It was such a big moment for him; however, he unfortunately was obligated to give the ball he caught to a young man sitting near him.  That is just one of those moments where you have to ‘suck it up.’  I’m sure he will get another one.  My first ball was a foul ball hit off catcher Joe Oliver’s (then a Brewer) bat, pitched by Cleveland Indian Denis ‘El Presidente’ Martinez on a trip me and my dad took to Cleveland.  I’ll never forget it, as there was a man next to me resentful that I caught it because he said he’d been going to Indian games for years and never a had a shot at catching a ball.

Other than that, the Blue Jays played absolutely amazing in the first two games of the season.  Both games I was in attendence.  Here are some photo highlights of those games.

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Although Halladay didn’t pitch particularly well on Opening Day, he did get himself a win.  Thus, here I am pointing to my Halladay jersey indicating that indeed – he is the man!!

 

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I find it amusing that between pitching changes out three outfielders Vernon Wells, Travis Snider and Alex Rios observe the crowd.  They try to get some amusment over a long and somewhat boring pitching change I guess. 

 
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You’ll notice in the corner of the outfield a bunch of paper airplanes.  Opening day saw a lot those thrown on the field as usual, but a new one came out that I’ve never seen before: BASEBALLS!  Some very disrespectful dummies through baseballs onto the field and almost caused the Jays to forfeit the game.  They almost ruined my entire trip in the process.  Sometimes those Toronto fans, if you can even call them fans, get on my nerves.  Jim Leyland took his team off the field.  You can’t blame him at all for doing it.  You also can’t blame team President Paul Beeston for banning beer sales at the last game.  It is just a very bad situation if you are a Jays fan.  I hope this kind of thing stops, it makes me embarrassed.               

10 comments

  1. Jane Heller

    How cool that you got to hang out with Happy! And you must be really happy that your Jays are off to such a good start, despite the gloom and doom predictions. You have the best pitcher in baseball, in my humble opinion, so how bad could it be?

    http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

  2. Erin Kathleen

    Unfortunately, it sounds like this isn’t the first time that drunken idiots have almost ruined a Jays game. I think beer sales were cut off a few times last year, too, for the same reason. I don’t know why such people even bother going to baseball games. Clearly they’re too intoxicated to pay attention to the game, and all they do is start trouble for everyone else. And I think I’m starting to really, really, really hate the Blue Jays now, if that’s ok with you ;)-Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

  3. redstatebluestate

    Those object-throwing fans were probably from Chicago’s Northside — Wrigleyville — Cub fans. They just don’t get it. Never have. Never will. I like the combo of Jays hat, Brewers jersey, giving props to Molitor — a class-act indeed. Nice reportage!
    –Jeff
    http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/

  4. welikeroywelikeroy

    Jane,

    That is what I have been saying all along! This winning streak is coming at the perfect time. If the Jays do not compete this year, likely Halladay is traded. I personally don’t want that to happen. I hope to god we stay competitive this year!!!!

    Julia,
    It is disgraceful. The Jays would have deserved everything they got, be it a forfeit or a alcohol ban for longer. It would just be REALLY bad for fans like me.

    Erin,
    The Jays have won something like 10 games in a row against Minnesota before last night!! I would start hating us too, if another team did that to the Jays. Don’t worry.

  5. Elizabeth D.

    No one can count the Jays out :). You know they would be incredible in any other division? Too bad the AL East is ridiculous for any team. Very cool that you met up with the Happy Youngster, and I’m glad you had a nice time.
    Elizabeth
    http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

  6. welikeroywelikeroy

    Metsmainman,

    Ya red eye happens, it was only picture we took. I should have got another picture. Halladay is my favorite player and I wouldn’t want a trade for him, but many in Toronto do, especially if the Jays go in the tank this season. If so, I wouldn’t want a trade to the Mets. The Mets have some good young players, but the farm system doesn’t project incredibly. I’m not too high on Niese, Holt, or Fernando Martinez. I like Daniel Murphy and Nick Evans, but your going to need to do more than that to get Halladay. The Jays are playing well, so I’m not thinking about that right now. Halladay is signed through 2010. If the Mets tank, will they trade Wright?

  7. Erin Kathleen

    Well, I can’t say I enjoyed the Twins-Jays series that much, but I’m happy for Jays fans that your team is getting off to such a good start. Your pitching has been really good, and the offense was really giving me fits! I’m just glad we won’t have to see you guys again until September 🙂 -Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

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