Who’s To Blame For The Blue Jays Collapse, Answer Might Surprise You?
Boy, is it ever tough being a Toronto Blue Jays fan this year.
I’d like to believe that we still have a shot at making something happen and getting our foot in the wildcard door, but unfortunately I am officially declaring the 2013 Blue Jays season over. I guess technically we could still be in it, if we win 50+ games for the remainder, but let’s be realistic. If our beloved Blue Jays keeps blowing 5-run leads like they did against the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, there’s very little hope left.
When it comes down to it, someone needs to take full responsibility for “The Great Collapse of the 2013 Blue Jays” (hey – I should write a book!). And ultimately, it seems there’s only a select few parties that can be blamed:
1. General Manager / Front Office – I’ll be the first to say that I think it would be absolutely pointless to blame anyone from the Toronto front office for what has taken place this season. GM Alex Anthopoulos took a big risk during the offseason to try and solve the Blue Jays’ pitching woes, which was the most important issue to address. He did that to the best of his ability given what was available to him, and I think that it was a valiant effort. Sometimes these things just do not work out the way they should, and is a wake-up call for everyone to remember that having a roster on paper and the actual players on the field are two completely different things.
2. Coaches / Team Manager – I really do feel sorry for all of the guys that work in these positions. For someone like John Gibbons, being the team manager is basically like putting a “Fire Me” target on your head if the team struggles. Earlier in the season – right before the Blue Jays went on their 11-game win streak – everyone in the social media universe was calling for a #FireGibby campaign. The big wins ultimately stopped that, but it was the perfect example of how being a manager in the big leagues is a lot like playing russian roulette. I’ll keep it simple here: Yes, managers and coaches are important key figures in winning games, but they can only win you so many. These guys are not on the field hitting the balls and pitching and fielding double plays, they’re just telling their players what to do and so there is only so much they can do in the first place.
3. Players – This is where it starts to hit home. Many Blue Jays fans might remember Mark Buehrle, on two different occasions, saying that the team is overrated and just maybe not as good as they thought they were. At first I was a little bit bitter over this statement, but when you take a second to breathe and think about what has taken place over the season thus far, he might be right (although I do hate to admit it). No one expected that the Jays would stutter this badly during the beginning of the season, and now that the All Star break is done, I don’t think anyone expected this kind of start to the second half either. All around the diamond, the boys in blue are just not delivering, and that’s a damn shame because there is an almost-absurd amount of potential in this team. Ultimately, it comes down to the guys who are on the field and our boys are not cutting it. So, I’ll start a new campaign… #FireThePlayers
There might be one decent thing to take away from the Blue Jays’ 2013 season, and it is that the seats in the Rogers Centre have been filling up more often this year. I suppose that’s a good thing, although I’m not even sure why. The hype surrounding Toronto has been stepped on, ground up, set on fire… just completely obliterated now, and that has me thinking. The fans created all of the hype for this year, as they are the ones who immediately expected the Blue Jays to fly into the post-season after all of the acquisitions before the start of the season.
I’m going to take a lot of heat for this one, but…
4. The Fans – Take away all of the hype that they created. I know it is hard to do – even for me – with all of the seemingly awesome players that have joined the ball club, but if you forget about that, what are you left with? The same-old under-performing Blue Jays, JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SEASON! So this year, it SEEMS like the Blue Jays are doomed more than usual, only because the fans are making a bigger deal out of it now than any other year in recent memory.
Sorry guys, but if we all were to quiet down and look at the big picture, we may be reminded that this is type of Jays season we are all used to. Sad, but true.