Toronto feeling blue

on October 2016 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

This week was pretty harsh as we went straight from a disappointing Blue Jay ending into a disappointing Maple Leaf ending. Actually, this wasn’t just harsh, this one hurt. A lot. Toronto Sports fans, your mother warned you there be days like these and yet that knowledge doesn’t help take your pain away. The Blue Jays failed to advance to the World Series for the second year in a row and yet, it wasn’t the fact that they lost that stings, but how they lost. Fast forward a few hours and we have our young, exciting Toronto Maple Leafs team and they lose to the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild on back to back nights. One more time, it isn’t the fact that they lost that has us humbled, but how they lost that has us curled up in a fetal position trying to forget it all.

It is hard to be positive regarding this year’s Blue Jay team even though we know we should be. There are 30 teams in the league and for the second straight year they were a top 4 team. That is a great accomplishment and realistic to believe we may have lost to the eventual World Series winners one more time. But it doesn’t feel good does it? It feels actually kind of crappy and I think part of that, if you are involved in social media that is, is that everyone is poking fun at the Jays. The Cleveland team’s official Twitter account had a field day and so did the players. They could not resist making fun of the comments that Jose Bautista made earlier. So yes, the Blue Jays are a hated team and yes everyone was taking jabs at the team and their fans. Suck it up and take it because we do deserve it. If you are ok with Bautista’s bat flip from last year then you should be ok with Cleveland’s hi-jinks. If you are not then maybe you should consider yourself a bit of a hypocrite. Regardless of the shenanigans, Cleveland did deserve to win as they were the better team. Their pitching was great but quite simply, our bats were dormant. This was a series that we not only could win, but we should have won. Out hitters could not hit and slumped or folded at the worst possible time. As much as it still pains us, it should still not take away from what was a very good season and look forward to a very solid rotation for next year.

The Leafs on the other hand were a different kind of disappointing. All in all they have played four games this season and in each of those games have held the lead going into the third period. Unfortunately they won only 1 of those games (home to Boston) and had two overtime losses (Ottawa, Winning) and an outright loss to Minnesota. Those three losses were on the road. I know the Leafs are playing with six rookies and exciting hockey, but you start to cringe now anytime it’s the third period. You have to believe that given time, Babcock will be able to get the kids to learn how to play defense in these close contested games. In the meantime I suggest you continue to watch how fast and exciting Marner, Nylander and Matthews are but don’t put any stock at the end result for now.

I don’t how many games the Maple Leafs will lose this year but I am going to bet that there will only be a few that hurt like the one in Winnipeg. It was really exciting, taking fans to great heights and then it really, really sucked and came crashing down to earth. Billed as the battle between the number one and number two draft picks, fans of both cities were waiting to see how it would all play out. As great as Auston Matthews debut was back in Ottawa scoring four goals, Patrick Laine did as well, if not better. Laine decisively won this first battle as he scored a hat trick including the game winner in overtime. That was as especially painful to watch as just seconds earlier Matthews missed a breakaway that could have ended it. I honestly didn’t want to wake up on Thursday as I am sure the rest of the city felt the same way. We shall get past this week and carry forward. After all, it’s not like we have high expectations for TorontoFC or the Raptors to have a really good playoff run right? Damn, sometimes I should just keep my mouth shut.

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