February 13, 2013
Toronto: City of sports hopeAfter years of mediocrity and failure, the outlook for Toronto sports has rarely been brighter. This is going to take some getting used to
By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency
Ninety-five days ago, the Blue Jays shocked Toronto and the baseball world by trading for Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and just about any other Marlin who was breathing. Since then, almost everything around this city has gone crazy.
And I mean, crazy in a good way. Crazy, in a we’re-not-used-to-this, Toronto way.
On Nov. 13, when the Jays made their first big deal of the off-season, the Argos had played 19 games and won 10 of them. Two wins later, and nine days after the signing of batting champion Melky Cabrera, they were champions of the 100th Grey Cup.
And the city that has been something of a sewer for professional sports — a place where teams come to lose, where ESPN likes to poke fun — suddenly had a champion and a baseball team to believe in. That was before the Dec. 18 signing of Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and the controversial firing of Brian Burke.
Needless to say, it’s been a little busy around here.
So now it’s mid-February, and the Blue Jays a