April 20, 2012
Jays should quit whining
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency
Is the Blue Jay's Cinderella season already turning ugly sister?
Of course not. It's only 12 games into a long schedule and the Jays were playing a decent .500 (prior to Friday's game).
But if the twitter world is any indication, there does seem to be a mood change around the Rogers Centre these days.
The majority of tweets by Jays players coming out of spring training were full of optimism and good cheer. Not so much anymore. Frustration seems to be creeping in.
Some examples: A few days ago, NY Sports Exchange radio host Eric Mirlis tweeted this about struggling Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who was hitting .111 with one homer prior to Friday night's game: "Scary bad stat line: @jparencibia9 ranked behind guys like Mike Morse and V-Mart so far this season ... and they have not played." That promoted the normally laid-back Arencibia to reply: "@themirl please have one more donut, looks like u need it! #HowManyChinsYouWorkingWith".
Arencibia seems like a good guy and has embraced playing in Toronto. But name calling isn't necessary. Of course, most fans back Arencibia because of the pro athlete/hero worshipping thing.
On Friday, ace starter Ricky Romero tweeted: "Finally arrived in Kansas City. Thank u Pearson airport security for delaying us for about 2 hours. U guys are awesome... NOT!!! #Brutal"
Hopefully prospective free agents thinking of signing with a Toronto team don't read that. Toronto franchises already have a tough time signing good players.
As well, a number of Jays reportedly weren't impressed when the Rogers Centre fans gave it to Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, who attended an April 12 game. Lupul tweeted: "Just gonna watch The Jay's games on TV from here on in. Tough crowd! Felt like I was back in Ottawa. #BOOOOPUL. To which Arencibia replied: "@JLupul that was bush league of them... #PplNeedToCleanItUp.
Nor were the players impressed when the opening day crowd lustfully booed new closer Sergio Santos after he blew a save attempt.
Everyone take a deep breath.
BOXING COACH, WIFE BATTLE QUEEN'S PARK
Boxing coach Peter Wylie has done some excellent work at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre, his proteges include world amateur champion and Olympic medallist Shawn O'Sullivan. The former Toronto bomb squad cop has been mentoring kids at the club for years.
Sadly, Peter's wife Jackie has a rare form of Leukemia and has run into road block after road block trying to get OHIP, their insurance company or any level of government to help pay for the drugs she needs to survive. After decades of great work in the community, this is how Wylie is repaid, scrambling to find ways to get the life-saving drugs his wife needs.
On Monday, April 23, 8 a.m., the Wylie family will be at Queen's Park with a banner that reads "I am dying of Cancer, Manulife and OHIP will not cover costs. Am I expendable?" The Wylie family appreciates any support you can give. Drop him an email if you can email@example.com.
PLEASE, NO MORE CRACKDOWN
There's been talk about a crackdown by the referees in the NHL playoffs with all the hard hitting, etc. Again, nobody wants crosschecks to the face or head shots, but calling more borderline minor penalties, which the refs seem to be doing with more frequency the last couple of nights, is going to do nothing but bog down what has been an excellent first round of playoff games. Calling more tripping or holding penalties is not going to stop guys from getting hurt. The NHL continues to shoot itself in the foot.
WHILE I'M AT IT
* Memo to Chinese garment manufacturers. I'm just a lowly sports scribe. I can't invest in your business or buy any products in bulk. Please leave me alone.
*Ever see those "fans" who sit in those seats right behind home plate at the Rogers Centre? There should be a rule -- if you don't watch the game, you're out. There was a woman sitting there the other night who barely watched the game. Instead, she spent inning after inning typing on her blackberry. What a waste of a great seat. Boo. Go home.
WEENIE OF THE WEEK
Governor General David Johnston. I hope I don't get audited for this, or whisked away in a van, but perhaps the GG should stick to handing out medals or cutting ribbons, or whatever it is he does, and stop whining about how violence in the NHL playoffs is setting "a worrisome example for children." Let it go already. Most fans are digging the hard hitting play. And if you're the sensitive type, turn on Sesame Street.