The Perfect Ending
Can't wait until the first pro athlete in Canada demands to be paid in Canadian funds.
They can't call it funny money anymore, can they?
Somehow, you have to figure the Blue Jays, to name one team, will twist the soaring Canadian loonie into a new excuse after blaming it for many of their financial ills over the years.
Can't you hear it? "How can we possibly compete having to pay our players in Canadian? Those loonies are heavy and cost us a fortune to bring in by truck."
Otherwise, the 2007 season, which is turning out to be nothing short of a full-fledged disaster for the Rogers boys, is really ending in perfect style for the people who have to make baseball excuses for a living, in this case Paul Godfrey and J.P. Ricciardi.
They promised one thing, delivered quite another, namely a team that just needs to finish 10-0 to draw even with last season's 87-win effort.
Happily for Godfrey and Ricciardi, their players are dropping like flies in the final days of the season.
The team will end the season with B.J. Ryan, Lyle Overbay, Troy (It's In The Mail) Glaus and Vernon Wells all disabled, which puts a lovely ribbon on the big excuse, that the Jays had a wonderful team this year but it was all ruined by injuries.
Forget that the teams above them, Boston and New York, also had to deal with all kinds of injuries. And forget that even when the Jays had most of their lineup intact, they weren't any good anyway, and that it's quite likely that next season will be filled with tricky injury issues again, as is the case with most major league teams.
Godfrey and Ricciardi have hung on the injury excuse all season - that is, when they weren't lying about Ryan or running interference for Glaus -and you can bet they're not going to let go now.
If they finish .500 over the last 10 games, this is a ball club that will have averaged 79 victories per season over the last four years. Throw out the 67-win season of 2004, and you have an average of 83 wins per season over the last three years.
I think Godfrey and Ricciardi have pretty much established that of which they are capable, don't you?