Indians earn World Series: What the Jays did wrong.

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pic via TheCauldro

After struggling their way to the ALCS by defeating the Baltimore Orioles in the AL wild-card game and sweeping the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays fell victim to a dominant performance from the Indians pitching crew, which ended in a 3-0 Game 5 loss.

The Jays may have been talented enough to advance to the World Series, but they did not play well enough to advance to the final level, shut out by the Indians twice and scoring a total of just eight runs in five games

If you want to be a championship team, you can’t score eight runs in five games. You just can’t do that and succeed. And if Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar had been there, yeah, then you’re losing to their best. But the Jays couldn't hit Josh Tomlin, Dan Otero, Ryan Merritt, or Jeff Manship. Hardly the best of the Indians staff. The only area that Toronto performed to championship level was in the bullpen.

“I’m proud of these guys as well as the coaching staff,” Gibbons said of his speech. “I know the organization is proud of them. Hopefully the fans are just as proud. They put on a good show. We just got beat in the series, plain and simple.

“When the fans chanted that even after we lost . . . it’s difficult to smile after a game like that, but they were incredible,” catcher Russell Martin said. “Great fans. To react like that, even in defeat, I tip my hat to them.”

But after another rally fell short in the ninth inning, after the loud chants for Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, and then for the whole team as 49,000-plus broke out in a funereal “Let’s Go, Blue Jays,” we still hold on and support this team, we never give up.

The question looming over the whole scene was: how many of them will be back? Encarnacion said Toronto is his first choice in free agency. He also said he was “really sad,” because he “doesn't know what’s going to happen.”

Bautista said much the same thing. Manager John Gibbons said of his two sluggers: “They’re good guys.” As he was holding back tears. “I hope they’re back,” he said.

Millions of Blue Jays fans feel exactly the same way.

So where does this leave us? Its kind getting boring. And that’s fine. It works for them. But for the general interest of baseball, we probably just watched the last of the Blue Jays we were just getting used to.

They’re probably not showing up next year, even if the same players do. The Blue Jays might be back in the ALCS next season, but this memorable collection of talent will be in a different place.

The Blue Jays were never going to have the same blueprint, the same DNA, and we knew it. We knew it last year when they were flipping bats and we knew it this year when they were popping off.

I think they got way ahead of themselves. And they tried as a team, they tried to make it for the city, but they went at it the wrong way. They did not play the game right.

Hopefully next year it will be different. I will never give up on any of my teams but sometimes we fans get very frustrated with constant disappointment.

Till next year Blue Jays. 

Big Papi: David Ortiz emotional goodbye

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pic via WSJ.com

It was a sad day in the world of baseball as the Boston Red Sox lost to the Cleveland Indians on Monday evening, they were eliminated from the postseason.

It was also the official end to the legendary career of David Ortiz aka Big Papi. Let’s get one thing straight, Cleveland did NOT end his career, this was in fact his LAST game and it was a shame it had to end this way.  

 They all wanted to see Ortiz, to applaud him, to have him wave back one last time as a player. And all of that did happen, and it was memorable, and he cried, and we all cried, and it had the power to blind you to the reality that it wasn’t supposed to end this way.

No one knew what would happen next. It hadn’t been scripted, maybe because no one could have expected the end to come so soon

Throughout his MLB career, which began with the Minnesota Twins, Ortiz posted a career .286 batting average and accumulated 541 home runs, 1,768 RBI and 2,472 hits. The 40-year-old was a three-time World Series champion with the Red Sox (capturing the fall classic’s MVP in 2013), a 10-time All-Star and a six-time Silver Slugger winner.

Included in his top on-field moments are his 500th home run, hitting the 51 home-run mark in a single season (2006), his final All-Star Game (2016) and multiple postseason game and series-saving hits.

He had signed out of the Dominican Republic with the Seattle Mariners in 1992 as a 17-year-old who just wanted to have fun, but over the next almost quarter of a century he had lived his dream

“Tonight, when I walked out to the mound, I realized that it was over,” he said. “It was pretty much the last time as player I’ll walk in front of a crowd. And the emotion came back out again.”

Ortiz broke into tears when he mentioned his late mother before gathering himself together to thank his teammates and members of the organization from owner John Henry to clubhouse attendant Pookie Jackson. He also thanked the fans — dropping to one knee and tipping his cap to the crowd.

"He changed the Red Sox," MLB Commissioner Manfred said before the game. "He was a key part of the amazing three wins here. It changed the course of the franchise.

"But I also think that he changed the city. He became a symbol of the strength of the city and will always be remembered for that."

Red Sox fans are left to view this entire season in a different perspective — how it once held such promise, and how it ended all so suddenly.

Jays prepare for Texas bad blood series

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photo via thestar.com

Who wasn’t watching this game? Every single person jumped on the bandwagon last night, and honestly I don’t blame them.

 The Blue Jays have advanced to the ALDS with a walk-off home run off the bat of the one and only Encarnacionnnn to advance past the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-2 win in the wild-card game at the Rogers Centre on Tuesday.

Encarnacion has guaranteed the Toronto Blue Jays will live to see another day.

“As soon as he hit the ball, I knew it was gone and I was celebrating” Jose Bautista told reporters. “I probably felt just as good as he did”

With one out and runners on the corners in the bottom of the 11th inning, Encarnacion ripped a three-run homer to the left field off of Orioles Ubaldo Jimenez for one of the biggest home runs in franchise history.

"It was a very special moment and a very special opportunity," Encarnacion said through a translator.

The Jays dugout emptied, sending a mass of Toronto players onto the field chanting "Eddie, Eddie”

Toronto now faces Texas, the top seed in the American League, on Thursday afternoon in Arlington to open the five-game AL Division Series.

"We look forward to that," said Pillar on the Blue Jays rivalry with the Rangers. "I think whatever happened is in the past, it's all about winning now."

We all saw what happened when they faced off last time, putting up one zero after another. Then, in extra innings, the managers turned to starters with Francisco Liriano and Jimenez.

Ranger fans and media didn’t think the Jays would get this far.

They’re still peevish about how the Jays’ Jose Bautista flipped his bat towards the Texas bench after a three-RBI home run in the fifth and final game of their playoff series last fall.

“Jose needs to calm that down, just kind of respect the game a little more,” Texas reliever Sam Dyson sniffed at the time before cleaning out his locker. “He’s a huge role model for the younger generation that’s coming up playing this game, and I mean he’s doing stuff that kids do in Wiffle ball games and backyard baseball. It shouldn’t be done.”

Well… Its time for round two.

The drama didn’t end there, through as both clubs carried over into 2016, producing an all-out brawl (awesome to watch) in May that resulted in 15 games worth of suspensions. From protesters to ugly scenes, to brawls and actual physical fights, who knows what we’re going to see for Thursdays game.

Last season, the Blue Jays took down the Rangers in five games, after the historic seventh inning, who knows what to expect this time. 

Jose Fernandez. What he really left behind.

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Pic via ABC.NET

We lost someone very special and it breaks my heart to have to write about someones who I supported and respected. 

Jose Fernandez was like no other athlete.

A day earlier, the Marlins were awoken with news that Fernandez, their 24-year-old plug, had been killed with two friends in a boating accident off Miami Beach.

A night earlier, instead of playing a game, the entire team went to the Fernandez family home, trying to find comforting words for a family but knowing no such words exist.

How do you play a game a day after that? One way is the way the Marlins did, blowing out the New York Mets by taking a 5-0 lead in the first two innings. 

“This is shallow, but the show goes on,” Marlins president David Samson said. “There has been a lot of talking and a lot of crying and a lot of praying and a lot of trying to make sense of something you can’t make sense of. There is no sense to a life ended like that, in a way that is so meaningless.

“It’s our job to make his life matter, so we’re going to do that forever, and forever starts today.”

Fernandez made his major league debut against the Mets in 2013 and was scheduled to face them again Monday night in his final start of the season. Instead, Miami and the Marlins mourned the loss of the 24-year-old pitcher, whose talent and captivating personality were a combination unmatched in the sport.

The Marlins announced that they will retire Fernandez's No. 16. There were cries to allow him to be elected to the Hall of Fame or name some kind of award after him. But this should be Fernandez's lasting legacy: Remembering why he did what he did. 

That is something very important to understand. Watching the pregame ceremony. We had teammates from America, from Cuba, from the  Dominican Republic, from Venezuela, all wearing jerseys with Fernandez's No. 16 on the backs. We saw Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich, a black man and a white man, doing their pregame sprints together, both with tears in their eyes. We saw Dee Gordon, cry as he rounded the bases after impossibly leading off the game with his first homer of the season. We saw the Marlins place their hats on the mound after they had defeated the Mets.

It was a team rallying around a kid who was born in Cuba, escaped to Mexico on a boat, made his way to Florida and became a baseball star with a movie-star smile. It was all a reminder that this game brings together people and players from all over the globe. They all bring their own passion, love, their own style of play, their own idea of flair and it’s up to all of us to try and understand our differences, to understand there are different ways to play this game. And to remember why you started in the first place. Why your passion brought you to where you are. How far you reached for your dreams. It is a reminder that Jose Fernandez did what he did because he loved it. 

Fernandez left behind a girlfriend who is expecting their first child, the mother who came with him to the United States and the grandmother who helped raise him.

Fernandez’s agent, Scott Boras, spoke to reporters near the batting cage – or at least tried to. He said he paid his respects to the family before coming to the ballpark.

“His mother wanted me to tell everyone how she felt,” Boras said. “She showed me pictures of him as a boy. She actually made his uniform when he was 7 or 8, with Cuban red pants.”

Boras then cut short the interview because he couldn’t stop crying

May his soul Rest in Peace 

 

Mets take “must win” Game three

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via Organs

Friday night’s game in New York saw the Mets enter down two games to the Kansas City Royals after two great batting performances by the team but that changed last night as Noah Syndergaard was able to keep the Royals to just three runs in his six innings pitching. With Help from David Wright and Curtis Granderson both of which had a home run, combining for six of the teams nine runs in the game.

The Royals bats on the other hand fell quiet as the Mets went with Reed, Clippard and then Familia to close out the game. Each pitcher only going one inning seemed to work as the trio kept Kansas city from getting any hits after the sixth Inning.

The Mets know how it is being down two games in the World Series. In 1986 the New York Metsfirst three games ended the same way they did in 2015. They Lost by 1 run in game one, lost by 6 runs in game two and then won by 6 runs in game three. The Mets went on to win four of the next give games in 1986 to take the championship home and I bet the current day Mets look to that team for inspiration for the remainder of the series.

The Royals just didn’t have it in them it seems to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the series but they’ll look to make it a little harder on the Mets tonight as Chris Young takes the mound for the Royals tonight Against Steven Matz who will be starting for the Mets tonight @ 8PM

New York Mets -9

Kansas City Royals - 3