Some Tuesday morning musings on some of the things that amuse, confuse and even amaze a fellow in the wonderful world of fun and games.
He was the greatest hitter in Blue Jays history but you wouldn't know it from the way Carlos Delgado departed Sunday. I guess it says it all about the state of baseball in Toronto that everyone was resigned to losing the team's leading slugger.
There were no protests from the fans or the media. They've accepted the fact the Jays could no longer afford Delgado, which I think is a shame. They need him if they're going to field a competitive team.
Then perhaps the Jays have decided they won't have a team that will be among the best in the American League East. So they're keeping John Gibbons as manager because he's the sort of guy who won't rock the boat.
The Blue Jays' 67-94 record was their worst since 1980 when they lost 95 games. But attendance was up over last year. The Jays ended the season the way it started, with big crowds. In between there was a big dropoff, not surprising the way the Jays played.
It's hard to see how the Jays can be any better next season, especially without Delgado's big bat.
CHEER FOR RED SOX
The Toronto Sun's Bob Elliott, who has forgotten more about baseball than I'll ever know, picks the Anaheim Angels to knock off the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs.
I hope he's wrong. The Red Sox are one team that is so easy to root for. The big surprise in the playoffs is the Houston Astros. They were dead in the water at the all-star break. Then they fired Jimy Williams, hired Phil Garner and now are the hottest team in baseball.
STILL NO OWNERS
The Expos have left Montreal for Washington but they remain the orphans of baseball. No one has stepped to the plate to take over the team. Surely Major League Baseball can't be stuck with them in their new home as they were in the old. There's a lot of talk in Washington, but no one has put their money where their mouth has been.
U OF T BLEW IT
I find it hard to believe some academics were able to convince the University of Toronto to abandon plans for a new Varsity Stadium. The big losers won't be the Argos, who eventually will find a new home. But the university lost the chance to have a stadium worthy of a great academic institution.
Too bad the academics didn't mind their own business instead of butting in on a subject they know little or nothing about.
Like most people who knew and admired him, I find it hard to believe John Cerutti is gone at the tender age of 44. He was not only a fine pitcher and broadcaster, he was a good enough golfer to go through one stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open ... It's bad enough that Tiger Woods is no longer the No.1 player in the world. He's now in third place behind Vijay Singh and Ernie Els. Woods may not be too worried. He's rumoured to be marrying his Swedish girl friend, Elin Nordegren, this week in the Barbados. Maybe being married will get Woods' game back on track.