Some seasons simply cannot end quickly enough
Yes, I know they’ve won two in a row and the Laffey dude looked good last night and Romero finally won a game the night before but, still …
Even worse than the early years because there was no expectations and less talent
Even worse than 1985 when they blew that series to Kansas City and I can still see Jim Sundberg’s triple hitting the top of the wall in right
Even worse than 1987 when they dropped those final seven games of the year to break everyone’s heart.
Worse than them all for a variety of reasons:
Yes, maybe they knew it would take a confluence of unlikely events to make to the playoffs this year but remember the optimism coming out of spring training? Now they’re dead last in the division? Yeah, that’s a huge part of it.
I think they have issues in left field and first base and second base and I’m not entirely sold on the centre fielder and they took some steps back that few saw coming. Costly steps because it’s added to Alex Anthopoulos’s to-do list this summer.
Sure, they happen and what can you do? Missing Bautista and Lawrie and Arencibia and a bajillion pitchers was part of it.
Yeah, the big one. Nice to see Brandon Morrow emerge, as I figured he would, into a stud and it’s nice to see Casey Janssen get a bunch of stress-inducing saves but if anyone even thinks for a second they don’t need major reconstructive surgery to the staff is kidding themselves. As they say, you can never have enough pitching; this team doesn’t have nearly that much.
Anyway, I like Alex and I like Paul Beeston and I know they feel crappy about the way the season unfolded and the proof of their crappy feeling will be in what major steps they take to improve things this winter.
Is it fixable quickly? Sure it is; it takes good management and better luck but if you hold up the Oakland A’s and Baltimore Orioles as examples, and you should, it can be done. It’s not easy, nothing ever is, but it can be done.
But to these eyes, and I will leave the heavy analytical thinking to Messrs. Griffin, Kennedy and Zwolinski, there is only one way to describe this year:
So Super Son and I are big NCIS fans as it turns out; at least that must be the case since we were anxious for the season debuts last night of both the original and NCIS Los Angeles.
(Now, I’m not usually a big spinoff fan but NCIS Los Angeles and CSI New York might eclipse their originals, don’t you think? But I will go to my grave arguing nothing will beat the original Law and Order.
Wish I had something fresh for you, I really do.
But was an off-day pour moi yesterday and while we’ll get some time with Landry Fields and, perhaps, Kyle Lowry this afternoon, there was a dearth of “new.”
So here’s a day-old Dwane comment that kind of confirms what we’ve been saying here for weeks:
“We’re going to have competition at every position. There’s not going to be one position where a guy is going to come in and say, ‘hey, I’ve got my spot, my minutes.’
“That’s kind of the way you want it, it’s going to be a competitive camp from that standpoint. But at some point, we’re going to have to have a first unit and a second unit … I like that competition because it’s just going to raise everyone’s intensity.”
And I will say this again: The one guy I want to see react to true competition, and to raise his game to expected levels, is DeMar DeRozan. He’s never been in this situation before but there are legit contenders for his minutes and his job for the first time in his career and it’ll be interesting to see how he handles it.
He’s never had a training camp, he’s never had a full pre-season and if Dwane’s honest in his assessment that everything is up for grabs – and I know that he is because he is an honest and forthright man – it will be fun to watch how Davis competes for a significant role in a crowded front court.
They did a total reconstruction of his flawed shot over the summer – it’s still a work in progress he told us the other day – but this year presents his best chance ever to cement a regular, and significant, role.
I’m looking at the generic in-basket and Jays and Leaves questions are out-numbering Raptors about 3-1.
We can’t have that, can we?
I heard the pucks talks are back on starting Friday so you basketball people need to try this trick.
When Bettman and Fehr come out to talk, close your eyes and I swear you will hear David Stern and Billy Hunter.