If the Blue Jays are going to right the ship this is one of the games that people will point to as a turning point. For a team that has struggled due to its consistently inability to get the lead, this game looked like just another lopsided loss in the making. However, give the Jays some serious credit for crawling all the way back (with a little bit of help from old friend Yunel Escobar) to get the W. How about some victory links?
"The Blue Jays rallied back from a 7-0, third-inning deficit in a riveting comeback capped by J.P. Arencibia's two-run blast in the ninth inning of an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Monday."
Stoeten is always good for a laugh and some coarse wisdom. Language warnings apply as always.
"A season that started with loads of promise is quickly turning into a year to forget for the Toronto Blue Jays." This article is a whole wad of pessimism for those who are so inclined.
"Richard Griffin talks about John Gibbons, Clay Buchholz and the Jason Collins-Jackie Robinson comparison." I don't see "dispatching" Gibbons as a solution to any of the Jays problems.
Of course it is. I preface all my defenses of Gibbons by saying I have an irrational love for the man, but it's simply too early to be making a change.
In case you were in the mood for reading a Yankee fan write nasty things about the Jays. Some of you might be masochistic that way. I don't know.
AL EAST LINKS
Seems like maybe these Red Sox can hit a bit.
"Lyle Overbay has been a better pickup than anyone had ever dreamed, but he needs to find a way to be productive despite his shortcomings." Overbay has been worth 0.5 WAR for the Yankees this year, a number bettered by only two Blue Jays. Let that sink in.
"Wide open, given new meaning." It might have to get a bit more wider open for the Jays to sneak back into the race.
THE REST OF THE BASEBALL UNIVERSE LINKS
"Clay Buchholz may have technically broke the rules last week but the problem may be bigger than him as baseball has neglected to enforce its written rules when it comes to loading the ball."
"Donald Lutz, MLBs first German-developed player, hopes to inspire others to dream big."
"The last hitter on the list might surprise you."
Does anyone actually believe that James Loney will wind up as the comeback story of the year?
"Some players just don't know how to make a good first impression..." It's so very early but I'd be awfully concerned about Josh Hamilton as an Angels fan.
Darvish is something else.
NON-BASEBALL LINK OF THE DAY
If you don't like stuff like this, it's safe to say I don't understand you as a person.