The greatest fear for all us fans of certain teams that make grandstanding statements in the offseason and spend a lot of money on folks is two-fold.
1) It will all blow up and everyone will laugh at us and treat us like we’re the ‘New York Mets’ or the ‘New York Knicks’ or the ‘New York Rangers’. (Sorry, Manhattan, but you spend a lot of money and don’t win a lot.)
2) Sites like Deadspin, Grantland, and Bleacher Report will sarcastically have fun with us and rip us apart. It’s like the “going to school naked” dream. All the gossipers will never let you live it down. Grantland and Deadspin are no different than the Mean Girls. (Seriously, though, Deadspin had a whole series last summer about the NFL, called “Why Your Team Sucks 2012”.)
Good news for Toronto fans, though. Grantland likes your new starting pitcher. Here’s the site’s Rany Jazayerly on Monday:
“The Mets, for whatever reason, didn’t place a priority on the results Dickey achieved for them. They were unable to appreciate the gem they had in their hands. Fortunately for Dickey, Alex Anthopoulos and the Blue Jays understand that while Dickey looks like a batting practice pitcher on the mound, he looks like Tom Seaver in the box score. His pitches look like meatballs for 58 feet — and then perform magic for the last two. For Toronto, Dickey represents the final piece of a full-scale renovation this winter, joining other new additions Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Melky Cabrera, Emilio Bonifacio, and Maicer Izturis. The Blue Jays have every reason to hope that their offseason makeover has finished as sublimely as one of Dickey’s knuckleballs.”