June 28, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 76 (3-1 loss vs. Baltimore) (season record 36-40) Tonight begins my list of the best draft picks in Toronto Blue Jays history. For the four of you who haven’t now begun to immediately scroll down the page or go back to liking cat videos on Facebook, let me explain my criteria for this list. -First and second round picks don’t count. Those guys are supposed to turn out to be decent players on your MLB team. As you’ll see when I list the worst picks in Jays history, that doesn’t happen as often as you might think. Certainly not…

June 26, 2017 Mike Shara 1Comment

GAME 75 (8-2 win at Kansas City) (season record 36-39) Now that the MLB Draft has wound down, next week I’ll begin a list of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Draft Picks in Toronto Blue Jays history. That will require a lot of research and some preplanning, so today’s entry will be brief. While obviously a win in the final game of a series is preferable to being swept, it still should give the Blue Jays and their fans some pause that the one win in three games ratio vs. Kansas City and their brand of baseball is still continuing….

June 25, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 74 (3-2 loss at Kansas City) (season record 35-39) And the hits just keep on comin’. After I spent yesterday’s column praising how preternaturally unflappable and tough Roberto Osuna is for such a young man, it turns out he’s not bulletproof after all. Anxiety disorder is something I know about all too well and there’s nothing more to say about it here except that I’m sure I can speak for everyone who is a Blue Jays fan by telling him we support him 100% and that we’re proud of him for coming clean about it so that he can get himself…

June 24, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 73  (5-4 loss at Kansas City) (season record 35-38) There are losses that are just losses. Games where your team really didn’t deserve to win, were clearly outplayed and just knew it wasn’t your night. Over the course of 162 games those games are bound to happen and no team can avoid them entirely. They are a recurring part of every single season. Then, there are games like tonight. Games like this one are also part of every team’s season, but they can often carry more of a residual effect on those seasons. Games like tonight’s can become watershed moments…

June 23, 2017 Mike Shara 2Comment

GAME 72  (11-4 loss at Texas) (season record 35-37) What can you say about a team that consistently loses games when they are favoured to win? What do you write about a team whose only serious winning stretch came when it was missing its most expensive players? How is it even possible to lose 9 consecutive games where you have a chance to reach the .500 mark? This Blue Jays team is impossible to define, difficult to like and, frankly, boring to watch. This team doesn’t do anything particularly well, except disappoint. Rather than adding to this roster at the…

June 22, 2017 Mike Shara 2Comment

GAME 71 – (7-5 win at Texas) (season record 35-36) While I realize that many Canadians live and work throughout the United States, summoned south of the 49th parallel by work opportunities or by a relationship or by the chance to live close to an In’n’Out Burger, but I’m still amazed at how many folks show up wearing Blue Jays jerseys, t-shirts and hats in opposing ballparks these days. Throughout this series in Texas, for example, there have been countless crowd shots of families and friends, all sporting Blue Jays gear. It seems to me that there are indisputably more of those fans in the last…

June 21, 2017 Mike Shara 1Comment

GAME 70 – (6-1 loss at Texas) (season record 34-36) This week’s best reader comment comes from an avid Jays fan named Jack, who had some pretty bold opinions about my summary of Game 61 (Tough Love). I haven’t changed  anything within the post because I wanted to preserve the spirit in which it was written and to give Jack the credit he deserves for being so insightful about my writing. He demonstrates such wisdom here it’s almost as though he can see directly inside me, piercing through my smart ass facade like so much gossamer and exposing me for the frightened, lonely child…

June 20, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 69  (7-6 win at Texas) (season record 34-35) Going to play a four game series in Texas feels less charged than it did last year. Despite the fact that no one other than the players seems to want to forget the Odor/Bautista punch-up, both of these underachieving teams need wins more than they need petty vengeance. While I’m sure things could flare up if a few things ‘went down’ (as we saw last May, in front of the bloodthirsty Texas fans Globe Life Park can start to feel like the Roman Coliseum pretty quickly), it still seems like these teams both…

June 19, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 68 (7-3 win vs. CHW) (season record 33-35) Just sticking to the basics today. It was Fathers’ Day and I was busy eating brisket and bacon and drinking beer (also known by Health Canada as the Three B’s of good eating) while watching and my notes were badly smudged with bbq sauce. Frankly I don’t think you’re missing much. I wasn’t coming up with a lot of gems today, as I was somewhat distracted this afternoon. I will say that the Blue Jays’ best offensive game this weekend game on a day when nearly half of their hits came…

June 18, 2017 Mike Shara

GAME 67 (5-2 loss vs. CWS) (season record 32-35) We (well, okay, I) keep talking about how the next step for the Blue Jays is reaching the .500 mark. That, inevitably on their way back to playoff contention, they will reach .500 by a certain date that keeps moving and then, they’ll go on a run. What if we’re wrong? What if there is no next step? I have to confess I have my doubts that there is another gear that this team has yet to find. I’m not declaring their season over. I’ve watched long enough to know that baseball…