A.L. East: Fucking the Jays since ’95

What was I thinking?  For the second season in a row, I actually thought the Blue Jays might finish ahead of either Boston or New York in the A.L. East.  After being swept by the A’s we sit 12.5 games behind the Yankee’s and 7.5 behind the Sox.  In other words, we’re fucked.  Ever since the Jays won back to back World Series’ in ’92 and ’93, we have been pretty fucked every year.  I decided to delve into the past to see just what has been going on since those triumphant times.  What I found was very interesting. 

In 93, the Jays finished as World Champions for the second straight season and the Montreal Expo’s were just 3 games shy of winning the pennant in the N.L. East.  Is it a coincidence that Major League Baseball decided to realign the divisions and change the playoff format the very next year?  I think not.  I think they were worried we were trying to steal “America’s Game.”  The divisions were set, and the Expo’s dominated in ’94. This just happened to be the strike shortened season.  Very convenient.  The Expo’s never really recovered after this disappointment and eventually relocated where?  That’s right, Washington D.C., the heart of the great beast. 

The Wildcard has been awarded for 12 years now, and how many times do you think it has gone to an A.L. East team?  8.  That’s twice as many as any other division in baseball.  In fact, last season was the first time a team in the A.L. Central has ever gotten it.  It was also the first time the Jays have finished in the top two in the division since the new system was put in place.  This division is clearly the hardest in baseball.  It’s dominated by the two most storied and historic franchises in the American League.  It’s not bad enough that we have to compete with them, we also have to play them about 50 times a year.  We get to play the Devil Ray’s and Oriole’s the same amount which should even it out but never does.  On that note, can you imagine being a Devil Ray’s fan?  Holy shit, what a lost cause.

I started this morning hating the Blue Jays for not living up to my expectations.  They were even teasing me late, getting hot after the break, including their pitching which was totally unexpected.  I was considering adopting a new team to root for that would actually have a shot.  Instead, I think I’m just going to hate Major League Baseball.  They let us slow witted Canadians have a couple rings and then pulled the rug right out from under us.  I’m vowing to hate baseball from now on, or at least until the beginning of next season when the NHL, NBA, and NFL are all gone and I’ll have no fantasy sports to play. 

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One response to “A.L. East: Fucking the Jays since ’95

  1. palestinmiami

    I was actually thinking about writing a full post about the Expos but here is my take on them. I really believe that there was a conspiracy by major league baseball to get the team out of Montreal. I mean for Christ sake the MLB owned the team and as a person who lived in Montreal at the time, I can say that they didn’t run it very well. It wouldn’t be a stretch at all to say that they ran it into the ground, thus creating the conditions which forced the team to move.

    I’ll research this and write about it later.

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