The Jays have officially completed one third of their schedule, on pace for 84 wins. That must be considered a disappointment. But the pitching keeps on pitching and this team could go on another win streak at any time. In this week's mailbag, instead of pointing fingers at J.P. Ricciardi and John Gibbons, some thinking fans are beginning to examine the responsibility of the fans in creating a winning environment for the team. Here we go.
Q: Hey Richard.
Are you as sick as I am with the people writing in saying they are “taking a break” from the Jays? What kind of fans are these? We are less than two months into the season, the Jays are hovering around .500 in arguably the toughest division in baseball and fans think it's time to quit! I know as well as everyone else that it’s been 15 years since we've seen October ball in the T-dot, and I am not making any “it’s hard competing against that kind of money” excuses. I just think that as fans, we are as much to blame as anyone else.
Have you seen the Rogers Centre lately? Of course you have, there are no fans blocking your view! Maybe instead of taking a break from the Jays, the fans need to show the team and the owners how badly we want post-season action by showing up and being LOUD!
Cory Gallagher, London
A: I agree with you that fans who believe they are capable of “taking a break” are not as true-blue fans of baseball as they think. It’s like being frustrated by your children and thinking the solution is to “take a break” from caring for them. It ain’t gonna happen. Sitting here in Oakland and watching the non-fans at the Coliseum not show up and not cheer for a talented young team as they compete for the division shows what the Rogers Centre could become if all Jays fans went through with their threat to take a break.
Toronto and environs has more than five million people. The stadium is in an easily accessible downtown location. The facility is clean, comfortable and never has rainouts. Jays fans don’t realize how good they have it.