2 Months Down, 3 Anxious Months Left
September 23, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie (13) in the dugout against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsIf you love watching a sports team, a 5 month offseason is a long time. Whether you expect your team to be good or bad, to be rebuilding or trying to win, waiting for your team to start playing again can make you real antsy.
When your team is the Toronto Blue Jays and they spend the first 2 of the 5 offseason months creating a buzz about the team by increasing their payroll to the highest it’s been in franchise history. If your team adds the reigning NL CY Young award winner, the last 2 NL batting champions, 2 former All Star starting pitchers, and two super- utility players after not making the playoffs since 1993, it makes those last 3 months of the offseason a lot more anxious than normal. It makes it downright excruciating for a fan base.
No big acquisitions typically get made from January to April. That’s usually more so the case in November where the Jays ended up doing the bulk of their offseason moves. It’s because of the already busy offseason that Blue Jays will probably not be making any significant roster upgrades in January.
Luckily there’s only 28 days in February and Spring Training starts in the last week. Spring Training also takes place all of March. The problem with Spring Training games is that almost all of them start at 1 pm and practically all of them aren’t televised. The majority of the games don’t even have full regular season lineups. Even if games do have regular players in the lineup, the managers take their regular players out before the 5th inning at the latest.
So that’s probably no major acquisitions for the Blue Jays and no real baseball to watch for the next 3 months. That’s not any different than any other offseason. It’s just that when your team already has a month and a half of buzz going, 3 more months of buzz is a lot of time to be antsy and anxious.
P.S. If you have a time machine that can go to April 2nd, please let it be known.