If your like me and you follow pretty much every baseball medium that you can, you have probably seen how salty some of the Toronto Blue Jays fan base have gotten lately.
I get it, losing sucks. But could it not be possible that some Blue Jays fans are just not seasoned to this level of terrible play?
Before the Blue Jays started having success in more recent years they were stuck in mediocrity. Constantly placing somewhere near the .500 mark most seasons since the mid-nineties, never good enough to make anything of a postseason push, but also never completely out of it.
This season the Blue Jays are currently on pace to end up somewhere near a record of 54-108. It could potentially be their first 100 loss season since 1979 when they went 53-109. There was the shorter season in 1995 when the Jays went 56-88, but there is something about 100 loss seasons that really brine the fans.
Even York Regional Police is ripping on the Blue Jays, taunting potential criminals with Jays games being played in their cells:
You have to go all the way back to 2004 for the last season with more than 90 losses for the Blue Jays. They have managed to avoid being this bad for so long that it makes what we are seeing on the field this season seem foreign. But, what we are witnessing this season is something that no Blue Jays Management has had the courage to do in a long time: taking the team down to the absolute studs and rebuilding it from scratch.
Personally, I am happy they are doing it. It seems to be that teams like the Astros and Cubs who took this approach are having some tremendous success. Remember when the Houston Astro’s lost 111 games in 2013? Chicago Cubs 101 losses in 2012? Those were the seasons where they started building what they have today.
It will probably be a while before the Blue Jays will start winning back the fans that are not used to this level of losing, as it seems the Blue Jays window of contention is quite far away. Then again after what we witnessed this week in the NHL playoffs, the Blue Jays could take a page out of Stanley Cup champions St Louis Blues’ book, and win it all after posting a terrible first half. I don’t know what the Vegas odds are on that one, but after seeing the Blues turn it around, you never know.