Reader Weigh-In: Blue Jays Spring Training Interests
Feb 18, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays infielder Emilio Bonifacio (1) during photo day at Florida Auto Exchange Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsIt seems like just yesterday that the Toronto Blue Jays were wrapping up their final game of the 2012 season, a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on October 3, 2012. That game put a positive end to a disappointing season, with Brandon Morrow throwing 8 innings and giving up just a single run for his team leading 10th win of the year. When all was said and done, the Blue Jays were a mere 73-89 on the season, a far cry from where they thought they would be.
That said, we are a long way from October.
Toronto took its whipping in 2012 and came out determined not to let it happen again. The team made a flurry of offseason moves, bringing in the likes of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey, Emilio Bonifacio, Melky Cabrera, and Maicer Izturis. They get the healthy returns of Jose Bautista and Sergio Santos. All things told, this is not your 2012 Toronto Blue Jays.
So with Grapefruit League games officially starting today, at 1:05pm EST against the Detroit Tigers, and expectations likely to run rampant despite the fact that these games are exhibitions, we thought this week’s poll should center around Spring Training and the games being played.
Here’s a look at today’s line-up, courtesy of Shi Davidi:
As a fan, what are you looking for during these games?
Are the the type of fan who wants to see your team win, regardless of the fact that these games do not count?
Or are you the type of fan just looking to see the development of the players and make sure that they are fully up to speed for the start of the season?
Or are you the fan who does not care about wins, except for the games against the Red Sox and former manager John Farrell?
Or are you the fan who is just happy to see live baseball again and that is about as much as you truly look forward to in the spring?
So Blue Jays fans, what is it that you watch for in Spring Training?