When you're in last place in your division and there's seven teams ahead of you in the hunt for the wild card, talk of a second-half surge and post-season possibilities borders on the impossible.
With the present little more than a depressing reality, the Blue Jays brass spent much of the pre-game media scrum with their vision of the future.
It was not an official running up the white flag ceremony on a season in tatters as much as it was a reality check.
How hopeful are you for a turnaround to the Blue Jays season? Have you given up on 2008? Have your say in our forum.
Jays brass concedes '08 a dud
One word to describe this years Blue Jays is "Boring"
I love watching baseball but find myself after a couple of innings, finding an alternative show to watch and end up doing nothing more that a cursory check back to the game.
More often than not lately, that is one check back as any alternative show is more interesting.
Too bad but the house that JP built has a faulty structure and is falling in on itself.
The change in management is applauded but that needs to include the worst GM in the history of the Jays.
John, 2008-06-20 16:05:35
Sure, JP has to go, but this is a good move. Cito is a calming influence and that's what the team needs. The thing I don't like about Ricciardi is his smart-alec attitude. He comes across as a know-it-all when in fact he is quite devoid of understanding what direction the team should take. This was a rare exception when a smart move was made though.
Cito is a much more upbeat manager than Gibbons was and that will lighten up things in the clubhouse I'm sure.
I also believe that AJ Burnett has to be moved - a chronic underachiever - same with Vernon Wells.
gordholio, 2008-06-20 15:07:02
However, the man who really needs to sit up and take notice is....TED ROGERS!!!
Ted, look who is making the decisions for this team? Godfrey is great but he needs to get a backbone and tell J.P. that it's time to put up or shut up. We the fans are stilling waiting for a top level team to be fielded.It's time to spend my Rogers cable bill money and get players like the Yankees and Red Sox have!!!
Frank, 2008-06-20 14:41:47
I'll tell you what --- fire the guy who let Reed Johnson and Gabe Gross fly the coop, and signed older, past-the-prime vets like Shannon Stewart and Frank Thomas for good money. The only thing he did right was re-sign Wells, and even Wells can't hit well without some protection in the batting order.
Ben TO, 2008-06-20 14:13:50
With this year's edition of the Jays, I get up and go to the bathroom whenever there are runners in scoring position regardless of how many outs there are. These guys couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat. Clearly everyone is very frustrated.
Bill, 2008-06-20 11:27:11