February 14, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Mark Buehrle (56) smiles as he talks with starting pitcher Ricky Romero (24) and relief pitcher Sergio Santos (21) and Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Sergio Santos (21) as they stretch before threir works out during spring training at Bobby Mattick Training Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsAs I type this, I’m sitting here enjoying the first few moments of the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season. Jose Bautista has just singled in his first at-bat and Edwin Encarnacion got plunked by Cleveland’s Justin Masterson. While I feel unlucky to not be at the ballpark myself, I nonetheless appreciate having the game back and can feel the excitement all the way here.
So what better to help capture that excitement for you than by providing a few quality posts to help you clear away your day after baseball hangover.
Let’s start off over at ESPN, where they caught up to 1993 World Series hero Joe Carter for a quick quote. Carter’s been away from the lime-light over the years and may not be as close to the organization as some of his former teammates, but he seems to have a pretty good pulse on what the current Blue Jays need to get done:
"“They’ve got to get that chemistry together, put their trust in one another and have fun playing the game,” Carter said."
From the folks over at The Globe and Mail, we have a solid slide show to help those of us at home, like myself, feel like we were still a part of the Opening Day festivities. Tell me, does that dude in slid 6 look an awful lot like Roger Clemens?
As I work my way down this post, the Indians just took a 1-0 lead. Arencibia already has two passed balls in the game, but let’s continue…
"“The important thing to remember is that this wasn’t just a talent addition, this was an addition of all the right pieces to couple with the solid ones the Blue Jays already had.”"
Closing out the action today, we’re going to check in with our buddy Gregor Chisolm over at MLB.com. In his latest Blue Jays Notebook, Chisolm catches up with set-up man Sergio Santos who is in a great frame of mind this season, especially after the tough year he endured in 2012.
"“I’m excited, I’m healthy, I feel like I’m right where I want to be as the season’s starting as far as how I feel with how my stuff is coming out. It feels good.”"
Go Blue Jays!