I'm having trouble focusing and actually writing this. I am so excited.
I'm going to watch this game the same way I watch most games: at home. I won't be in the giant crowd of screaming people.
I couldn't sleep last night and I watched this a few times. The editing on this thing is amazing but my favourite part if the "Go" (fade) "Jays" (fade) "Go".
I've written this blog for eight seasons, which means I've written about eight different versions of this team. Many, many talented players have played for this organization. But there is really something about this group. It's not just that this team is really, really talented but there have been so many moments that just take your breath away.
As John Lott laid out in his piece yesterday, the moments have been something. A few of my standouts:
Kevin Pillar hitting two homers off Max Scherzer. Josh Donaldson leaping into the stands to preserve a no hitter for Marco Estrada. Encarnacion's hat trick. Bautista getting thrown behind and then going large against the Orioles in under a minute. Martin Sr. playing the anthem in Montreal. Martin's homer versus the Yankees. Tulowitzki's epic at bat versus Andrew Miller. Marcus Stroman doing anything for the team, because his presence here is a bloody miracle. David Price showing up in the dugout. Cecil's curveball doing mean things. Seemingly endless come from behind victories, clutch homers, walk offs.
That's just off the top of my head.
This city and this country are ready. And pretty excited.
In the Post, Dickey says he's noticed:
Freaking out about matchups and lineups and bullpen management is natural, but I hope everyone can stay calm and enjoy it. This team is the best.
2015. Twenty. Fifteen.
Some This and Some That
This happened last night
There were superstitions about the #BlueJays grey uniforms... And then the @BlueJays attended the #Leafs game. pic.twitter.com/rxJapOI50P— April Whitzman (@Alleycat17) October 8, 2015
John Lott talks to and about Josh Donaldson.
I'm pretty excited for John Lott to cover this playoff run (long may it last.) He's, in my opinion, the best one.
Lott's piece also features one of my favourite quotes by Donaldson:
Can I get a t-shirt that says "Not really being the guy there, to kind of starting to be the guy, and not really noticing that I was the guy....." ? Because that's pretty great.
LaTroy Hawkins, continuing his interview series, talked to David Price.
Hometown boy Dalton Pompey made the playoff roster and talks about the pressure he felt early in the season when he was asked to be the starting CF.
I tweet back and forth with his mom a little bit and she's a really nice lady. And is way excited.
Stoeten, for VICE, writes that the Jays can handle the Rangers (likely jinxing us for all time, but it's fine. I completely agree, so I jinxed us, too)
Jake Arrieta came up huge last night in the NL Wild Card game (poor, poor Pirates.) Also, came up huge on Twitter:
My right nipple comes out of my tank top almost every pitch, so I place it back inside. https://t.co/7hXWtKwltE— Jake Arrieta (@JArrieta34) October 8, 2015