For Canadians who love Major League Baseball, it’s been a summer to forget.
The Toronto Blue Jays have been terrible.
And since the Montreal Expos departed for Washington D.C. in 2005, the Jays are the only big league game in town.
It’s been ugly: lousy, boring baseball–11 games under .500, 30.5 games out of first place in the American League East.
So ugly, it’s hard to even remember that 25 years ago, the Jays sat perched at the top of the hectic and topsy-turvy baseball world.
Meanwhile, 600 kilometres to the east, the Expos, sparked by exciting, emerging stars, were making their presence felt in the National League pennant race–a race they were leading by a mile the following summer when a strike ended the season.
The 24th anniversary of that work stoppage came and went Sunday, a day after the Jays honoured members of the 1992 and 1993 champions.
That ceremony was quickly followed by another Blue Jay loss, this time 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star, who many consider the finest baseball writer in Canada, has been front row centre for all those events–good and bad.
For some perspective on the past, present and future of the Blue Jays, I spoke to him by phone Monday at his home in Toronto.Listen