If Jaime Garcia wants to throw a tidy six innings, with a lot of strikes and only two solo homers to Wellington Castillo, I can definitely get behind it. Throw in some timely homers from Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Aldemys Diaz, things start humming.
The Jays are currently above .500, a feat not accomplished in all of 2017.
“They have a particular coach over there who likes to blow an actual whistle when their team makes a good play or whatever,” explained Donaldson, referring to White Sox first base coach Daryl Boston. “I was talking to a couple of former coaches I had in the minor leagues (White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson and assistant hitting coach Greg Sparks) about it before the game. I guess (he deems it) to be appropriate, so I felt it would be appropriate if I blew it back at him when they didn’t make a play.”
Boston told Sportsnet.ca's Arden Zwelling, "I had hit the whistle a couple of times hard before he went to the plate and he responded. You can pin that homer on me.”
The other narrative swirling around Jays Twitter last night was the attendance: 16,629, which is the lowest since 2015. Donaldson blew the whistle on that, too:
“Mondays are Mondays – that’s the best way for me to describe it,” said Donaldson to Sportsnet.ca. “For me, everything that I’ve been around, we’ve had great support. I think maybe people were coming into this season not having high expectations for our team. If we continue to play well and continue to put a good product out there on the field, I know this city, and this city is going to get behind us. I’m not really too concerned about that because that’s going to take care of itself when we win games.”
Monday evening after a long weekend, with a possible chocolate hangover. Keep playing like this, Blue Jays, and the people will come.