Making the case for the best and Shaq's debut
Nice honour for Robbie Alomar, no?
First guy to ever have his number retired by TOD and if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it for him.
Quite aside from my basic aversion to retiring numbers – I think far too many teams do it far too often – I can get behind this one because there is no doubt in my mind that Alomar is the best position player to ever play for the Jays.
I was doing a little bit of baseball writing back in his heyday and the things that guy could do were unparalleled. He simply “thought” the game better than anyone I ever saw.
Okay, so digest this:
Roberto Alomar is the best athlete to ever play in Toronto.
Seriously. I’m not going bananas here. I think it’s a valid idea.
Okay, stop laughing and let’s limit it to, say, the last half century.
The guy was the best player on the best team in the game.
The guy was here in the true prime of his career and his best seasons with the Jays.
The guy was maybe the best all-around player in his sport for a while there.
The guy won championships, which has to be a major factor.
Now, it’s all very subjective, of course. And there is the taint of the spitting incident with the umpire but, really, come up with another athlete who played in Toronto in the last, say, 30 years who can match all those attributes.
Pucks? They don’t win and that’s a key point.
Hoops? Franchise is too young and the best player ever never really realized his potential.
Football? Don’t think so.
Maybe you can put Donovan Bailey in the conversation with Alomar but I still think I can win the discussion.
What do you think?
Oh yeah, I’m very impressed to read a headline that suggests Thursday might be the Hottest. Day. Ever.
Really, really impressed.
Here’s a Where Were You When, too.
Remember the Alomar homer off Eck in the 1992 ALCS? Two-run shot that tied the game the Jays would win?
Now, I may be totally off-base here but I seem to recall it was a Thanksgiving Monday up here and I do recall sitting at the dinner table with the TV on in the other room and having to excuse myself to go watch it.
And this might be heresy but I can make the argument that it was an even more significant home than the one Joe Carter hit off Mitch Williams in ’93.
It brought the Jays back in a game that seemed lost, came off the most dominant reliever in the game at the time and gave the Jays more confidence than they ever had on the march to their first World Series.
Now, Carter’s shot was dramatic, no doubt. Won a World Series, for goodness sakes, but there was always going to at least be a Game 7 if he didn’t hit it and I bet Williams would have found a way to blow Game 6 even if he didn’t give up the shot to Carter.
This is how my mind works and be prepared to shake your heads.
Got the comment from Irregular Doug about an Opposite Day where we do lists of worsts and it’s a very cool idea we will absolutely explore.
So I start thinking worst sitcoms and then it’s worst sitcom theme songs and then it’s just sitcom theme songs and I know I’ve got Green Acres at the top and Gilligan’s Island on the list but then I think: “Wait, I forgot one. The cousins. The girls. You know, one’s from Europe, the other’s North American, one gets in trouble all the time (oh, that zany Patty or zany Cathy, I can’t remember), and the other’s an angel. Who the heck were they?” and then I have to go to Google.
And look what I found.
Sometimes I worry about me.
I heard about this Shaq stuff on the NBA TV schedule waste of time (seriously, there are waaaaaaaay too many channels, as it turns out) where he talked about the Miami Big Two.
And, having watched the post-season somewhat closely, I’d say dead wrong.
You can make the case that over four series Bosh could very well have been the second-best Miami player in last year’s playoffs. Now, that’s not going to be the case over the duration of a regular season but it’s rather dismissive.
And while we all love Shaq for his sense of humour and we all think he’s going to be a good addition to the TV studio show but outlandish isn’t always the way to go. Needs some insight to go along with it.
Speaking of the schedule, a rather ho-hum one for the HOTH.
Nothing horrible, it doesn’t seem; nothing too arduous at all.
In fact, from the Grunt side of things, it’s actually pretty good. You’ve got to like a season in which the longest road trip is only four games – and there are only three of them – and one that lets you be home for most of Christmas (figure it’ll be an evening flight to Cleveland to avoid weather-related driving hell) and one that includes lots of little one- and two-game trips.
Maybe the best part? The annual early-season trek to the west isn’t there; that’s a killer because you’re really not used to the grind of the travel that early in a season and the time zones are atrocious. And we all know it’s all about me, right?
And speaking of …
Ballyard tonight, Jays-Mariners and that’s cool because I love to watch Ichiro play. He might be my favourite major leaguer.
Oh, we’ll try an IGBT, too, if you want. We’ll also try to find a way to jazz it up a bit for those slow periods during games.