March 23, 2013; Dunedin, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia (9) hits a solo home run during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsGood Morning Toronto Blue Jays fans and welcome to another edition of Bloggin’ Blue.
What an eventful 24 hours for the Blue Jays, as we got news that J.A. Happ had made the roster and that former ace Ricky Romero is going to get to spend some extra time in the Florida sun in order to straighten himself out. For many, it was the right move to make and the Blue Jays, and hopefully Romero, will be better off in the long-run for it.
Elsewhere in the Blue Jay Blogosphere, the fellows over at Back In Blue unveiled a pretty cool prizes for their second annual fundraiser. This time out, the Canadian Baseball Network presented the BiB team with a pair of autographed bats, one from Jose Bautista and the other from Colby Rasmus. The Bautista bat will go to the top donor. With all the proceeds going to the Jays Care Foundation and a cool piece of encouragement like that, shouldn’t you loosen up the purse strings a bit and do your part?
Over at Drunk Jays Fans, Andrew Stoeten examines a few tweets from the Yankee media, including one where former Blue Jay Vernon Wells says that he “was always quietly a Yankee fan”. Stoeten roasts Wells in typically stellar Stoeten fashion, including breaking out some colorful dance steps.
SlayerScott, over at the Baseball Big Brother Project, breaks down the Jays ahead of the season, but did so before the recent flurry of roster moves. He accurately sums up the Blue Jays offseason and their key to winning, but it was his one line assessment of J.P. Arencibia that really struck me:
"Still, it speaks volumes about Arencibia’s commitment that he’s addressing issues ahead of time."
Even Reuters is getting in on the Blue Jays excitement, talking about how Toronto is getting baseball fever all over again. While the information is a bit lacking, probably because it wasn’t written by a baseball fan at all, the article still touches on the important fact that the Blue Jays are back and the excitement will reach levels that many of this generation have never seen.
"“I’m really excited,” said Anthopoulos, “this is the best talent we have had since I’ve been here.”"
Closing things out for this morning’s edition, we have David Miller over at Rant Sports. Miller is predicting a break-out season for catcher J.P. Arencibia, something that would be welcomed by all Blue Jays fans. While Miller places a lot of his argument in the spring that Arencibia is having, one where the Toronto catcher is hitting .485 with 4 home runs, 11 RBI, and a 1.484 OPS in 35 plate appearances, one would have to hope that at 27-years-old, this is the season everything clicks for Arencibia.