September 12, 2008

Meaningful Games In September

That's right folks, we're playing 'em.

I decided last night that the cut off line to determine whether a team is still in the race on September 12th is 7.5 games. If you're trailing by more than 7.5, say goodnight. The Jays are 6.5 games back, and in Boston for four. In other words, it's a race, bitches.

This is what we asked for at the start of the season. This is why me and the boys bought a 20-game flex pack six games into the campaign. This is why we back-ended the flex pack. Because we believed. And the Toronto Blue Jays have rewarded our faith.

Proof that the Gastonian one and company believe this series is, for all intents and purposes, the beginning of the playoffs for the Jays can be found in the fact that Roy Halladay, A.J. Burnett and Jesse Litsch will all be pitching on three days rest this weekend.

You know what else that means? That Burnett and Halladay will face the Red Sox when they're in town next week. You're damned right it's crunch time.

The Jays have 16 games left on their schedule, seven against the BoSox. To reach 95 wins, the Jays need to win all their remaining 16 games. Like The Ack said in the comments section over at The Tao of Stieb, the Jays have nothing to lose. We were written off months ago. The pressure is on the Red Sox.

Is it possible that the Jays will clear the table the rest of the way? Sure, but the odds are heavily stacked against them. But if I'd have told you that the Jays would win 10 in a row, and 11 out of 12, against the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago White Sox in late August and early September, you wouldn't have believed me. That's baseball, baby. You never know what you're going to get.

In an hour and a half David Purcey will take the mound against knuckleballing douchebag Tim Wakefield in the biggest series the Blue Jays have played in recent memory. I'm so excited I can hardly contain myself.

I've been a believer since April 1. Ain't no point in stopping now. Go Jays. Let's do the impossible.


PPP said...

Ok, first, I have to give you a lot of props for believing in the team enough to back-end a 20 game flex pack.

Second, I cheered loudly last night too. I love Cito's move to shorten up the rotation. There is no sense in saving Burnett.

If the Jays are within 4 by the weekend I'll be at the games. I am catching the fever.

eyebleaf said...

haha, ppp, me and the boys got tickets to every game next week; 3 against the yanks, and 3 against the sox. back-ended for real.

and deep down, i always knew you were a die-hard jays fan. you just mask that fandom with the hate, and the spite. i get it bro, i been down that bottle.

"i am catching the fever."

like jerry maguire said, "to hear you say that, makes me love you baby!"

go jays.

Pseudonym said...

You are delusional. If the Jays won every remaining game and the Red Sox played .500 ball, they would be tied. Come back to Earth. Not even Ricciardi believes it.

eyebleaf said...

pseudonym: i guess rockies fans were delusional last year. i guess phillies fans were delusional as well. frankly, i don't give a hoot what JP or anyone believes. it's unlikely as hell, but not impossible. of course, we were dealt a blow last night but, hey, delusional is what being a sports fan is all about.

thanks for dropping by and for the comment. cheers

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