When a team trades a player for prospects, usually kids who the general fan has never heard of, the general fan usually freaks out, “we didn’t get anything for (player X). This is disastrous. I’m not watching (team X) anymore.”
Then, when the prospects turn out to be stars, the GM was a genius (even though the GM has usually already been fired) and also by this time, the general fan has totally forgotten his indignancy and is happy again.
The key to the thesis outlined herein is the word “when” in the previous paragraph — “when” the prospects turn out to be stars. For the Jays to have made good on the Roy Halladay fiasco, the players they got in return need to turn out to be good, real good. Kyle Drabek needs to be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher and Brett Wallace needs to be a middle-of-the-order masher. If that happens its a good trade. Simple as that.
Unfortunately, in the meantime, its the general fan that buys tickets for ball games. Now we start talking chickens and eggs. For AA’s building plan to work, he’ll need some money at some point. If people don’t see the forest for the trees and say “Without Doc I give up” then the revenues go down.
But herein lies the rub. (What does that even mean? Rub?) What happens if they start winning right away? Is the line-up really that bad with a rookie (Wallace) playing a key role? Lightning in a bottle. A la Eric Hinske’s rookie year.
And what about a pitching staff with Marcum back?
So there you have it, my one Jays-related holiday wish is that this happens … Drabek and Wallace live up to the hype … as early as this spring. And, same with Snider.
The Jays go on the 2009-first-six-weeks-type run. It continues instead of nose-dives. The Bo Sox are on the decline. No question in my mind. They aren’t as good as they were even last year. Cameron over Jason Bay, really? John Lackey???? The wild-card becomes a reality ( in my scenario). Then, people buy tickets … etc.
Here’s the line-up:
- Bautista, RF
- Wells, CF
- Hill, 2B
- Lind, DH
- Wallace, 1B
- Snider, RF
- Encarnacion, 3B
- Gonzalez, SS
- Buck, C
Crap. Writing it out doesn’t make it look any better. Too much has to go right, lightning in bottles all over the place … oh well. I think its coming together. 2011 maybe? Please Santa.