Not Even Thinking About It
Just another day at the ballpark. Just another appalling exhibition from a team that plays the wrong way most every day.
Last night in a 12th consecutive defeat at the hands of the New York Yankees, there were (again) at least two moments that defined the general attitude of the Blue Jays and the team's collective approach to the game.
In the second inning, with the team already shorthanded because of injuries, shortstop Jose Reyes argued with home umpire Ted Barrett after striking out.
Reyes persisted, then while walking away, whipped his battling helmet backwards and into the turf. Barrett, as most umps would, tossed him from the game, the 10th player ejection this season for the Jays.
Given that the leader of this ballclub, Jose Bautista, constantly argues balls and strikes as though he believes there is a massive conspiracy to make him look bad, it's no surprise Reyes decided he could bellyache as well if the mood struck him.
Still, Barrett gave Reyes a chance to stay in the game, and the shortstop threw that away in order to put on some kind of selfish, petty show. He was tearing off his uniform before he was even off the field as though he might have a dinner appointment in midtown Manhattan.
Reyes is supposed to be if not the best player on the team, one of the best, and a player who already missed a chunk of games this season due to injury.
Yet Reyes clearly didn't care about staying in Wednesday's game. His thoughts on the matter were telling.
"After (Barrett) threw me out, I said, 'We don't have many people,'" Reyes said. "But in the moment, that stuff happens so quick I don't even think about it."
Nope, didn't even think about it. Just the way this team approaches most games.
Rajai Davis, meanwhile, clearly wasn't thinking either in the ninth when, after doubling off the incomparable Mariano Rivera with one out (who wasn't surprised by that?) and the Jays trailing 4-2, he managed to get himself picked off at second.
Robinson Cano simply stood beside the bag as Davis took his lead, seemingly unaware he might be in danger, and unaware that with the tying run at the plate, he wasn't the base runner that mattered the most and so didn't need to be taking a huge lead.
I'm sure it all just happened so quick he didn't think either.
That's Blue Jays baseball, 2013 style. And nothing will be done about it. No repercussions ever.
It's a team that plays by the motto, "Play the way you want, when you want."