Is the Blue Jay’s Cinderella season already turning ugly sister?
Of course not. It’s only 12 games into a long schedule and the Jays were playing a decent .500 (prior to Friday’s game).
But if the twitter world is any indication, there does seem to be a mood change around the Rogers Centre these days.
The majority of tweets by Jays players coming out of spring training were full of optimism and good cheer. Not so much anymore. Frustration seems to be creeping in.
Some examples: A few days ago, NY Sports Exchange radio host Eric Mirlis tweeted this about struggling Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia, who was hitting .111 with one homer prior to Friday night’s game: “Scary bad stat line: @jparencibia9 ranked behind guys like Mike Morse and V-Mart so far this season ... and they have not played.” That promoted the normally laid-back Arencibia to reply: “@themirl please have one more donut, looks like u need it! #HowManyChinsYouWorkingWith”.
Arencibia seems like a good guy and has embraced playing in Toronto. But name calling isn’t necessary. Of course, most fans back Arencibia because of the pro athlete/hero worshipping thing.
On Friday, ace starter Ricky Romero tweeted: “Finally arrived in Kansas City. Thank u Pearson airport security for delaying us for about 2 hours. U guys are awesome... NOT!!! #Brutal”
Hopefully prospective free agents thinking of signing with a Toronto team don’t read that. Toronto franchises already have a tough time signing good players.
As well, a number of Jays reportedly weren’t impressed when the Rogers Centre fans gave it to Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul, who attended an April 12 game. Lupul tweeted: “Just gonna watch The Jay’s games on TV from here on in. Tough crowd! Felt like I was back in Ottawa. #BOOOOPUL. To which Arencibia replied: “@JLupul that was bush league of them... #PplNeedToCleanItUp.
Nor were the players impressed when the opening day crowd lustfully booed new closer Sergio Santos after he blew a save attempt.
Everyone take a deep breath.