Jun 16, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Fans wear shirts of Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero (24, not pictured) third baseman Brett Lawrie (13, not pictured) center fielder Colby Rasmus (28, not pictured) and right fielder Jose Bautista (19, not pictured) watch the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Phillies 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

ARE YOU READY?


Do you know what time it is? It’s winning time.

The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t building anymore.

We’re not being told to wait for next season.

The Jays aren’t developing young players in the big leagues, hoping that they can produce enough to win.

We’re not hoping our pitching rotation is good enough to contend, we’re banking on it.

We’re not hoping our offense scores enough runs to contend, we’re banking on it.

Most of us aren’t blaming the AL East if the Jays don’t make the playoffs.

We’re not expecting the 2nd home game of the season to have the typical 18,000 people.

We’ll be more surprised if every home game doesn’t have a loud, rowdy packed house.

We’re going to be basing our weekend plans based on the Jays home schedule.

We’re not working as hard to talk ex-Jays fans that lost faith a long time ago into believing in the team.

We’re going to be talking about our playoff chances and what teams we’d rather play in the playoffs in August and September and not what the teams plan to contend for next season is.

We might even give ourselves financial problems attending as many packed September and playoff games as possible because “just watching it on TV” will be harder to talk yourself into.

We’re not going to be watching “just another crappy Toronto team.”

There’s a good chance we see the Jays road attendance go up because fans from all over baseball will want to see the Jays.

We’re going to see Jose Bautista and a lot of Blue Jays players in general get booed even louder on the road than usual.

We’re probably going to be mad at the way John Gibbons wants to line up the playoff rotation.

ARE YOU READY?

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  • Justin Jay

    Today is just the first step towards the start of potentially a huge year! LET’S GO BLUE JAYS!!

  • David

    Really excited to see what this team can accomplish, hoping they’ll have a big year, it’s definitely the right year to do it with the aged and injured Yankees and the rebuilding Red Sox

    • Justin Jay

      Only team that really worries me in the AL East is Tampa Bay. If the bats come alive, the division, and possibly the best record in the AL, is theirs. The Orioles got lucky last year with all those 1 run victories and a Chris Davis season out of nowhere. But you’re dead on about the Yankees. Age is definitely not on their side. I feel this is the year you see both the Yankees and Cardinals slip… the Cards may only be ok because they have one of the best farm systems in baseball.

      But Toronto has some pitching depth this year. It would be nice to see Romero get his control back. I wish we could bring Halladay back in just to help Romero re-learn whatever it was he picked up from Roy. Happ has looked pretty good though. I believe in Dickey and Johnson, a little nervous about Buerhle, but love Morrow as a #4 and Happ as a #5. This team can match up with anybody and has probably the 3rd most potent line-up in the AL, only behind Anaheim and Detroit. Playoffs or bust this year!

  • RyanMueller

    A lot of people are counting the BoSox out of contention. I am not sure why. They have three solid SP, a really good bullpen, and a solid lineup. If Lackey surprises everyone and is able to be a .500 pitcher, than this is a really good rotation. Lester, Buck, and Dempsey. The line up is solid 1 thru 5 (maybe 6, when Big Pappi comes back). I have them pegged for 3rd but they might surprise.