Game Ten Open Thread - Toronto Blue Jays (3-6) vs. Kansas City Royals (6-3)

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The Royals fight to stay in first place. God it feels great to write that.

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To be honest, when I was a kid I kinda rooted for the Blue Jays. A lot of Americans seem reflexively anti-Canadian, but I always thought Canada was this cool exotic place. And when we finally visited my cousins in suburban Toronto, my instincts were confirmed. The added a "u" to the word "colour"! Their money has the Queen of England on it! Tim Horton's are EVERYWHERE!

Plus they really had some exciting players. Fred McGriff was one of the best sluggers in the game. Tony Fernandez was a fun guy to root for who seemingly did a little of everything. Dave Stieb flirted with no-hitters seemingly every time out. Jesse Barfield had the best outfield arm in baseball. Tom Henke looked like an accountant but threw about 160 kilometers per hour! And Kelly Gruber was so awesome, Cathy and Kathy would talk about him constantly.

The Blue Jays quickly became a boring, irrelevant team about the time Rogers Communications bought them in 2000. The team has kept developing some great players, but seems to squander them at every opportunity. David Wells, Carlos Delgado, Vernon Wells, Roy Halladay, Chris Carpenter, Alexis Rios, Orlando Hudson, and Michael Young all came up with the Jays, but do you associate any of them with Toronto? The Blue Jays are never horrible, but never quite good. They are just kinda there, easy to forget. They are the Ann of baseball.

Until this past winter when they made a huge splash acquiring Jose Reyes, Mark Buerhle, Josh Johnson, and R.A. Dickey. It would be kind of nice to see the Blue Jays relevant again. Just not this weekend.


J.A. Happ

#48 / Pitcher / Toronto Blue Jays

6-6

200

L

L

Oct 19, 1982



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - J.A. Happ 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 5.1 1 0 0 0 3 6 0.00 .75


Luis Mendoza

#39 / Pitcher / Kansas City Royals

6-3

245

R

R

Oct 31, 1983



W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Luis Mendoza 0-0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6.0 2 1 1 0 3 7 1.50 .83

Miguel Tejada is starting at first base for the first time in his career, and next to him is not the mistake-free Chris Getz, but mere mortal Elliot Johnson. Will Ned's madness pay off?

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