After an offseason of major spending, Toronto Blue Jays fans are thinking World Series in 2013. And based on some of the reaction on Opening Day on Tuesday, some of them are even thinking a 162-0 season is possible. The former may indeed happen, but the latter definitely won’t as the Blue Jays lost to the Indians 4-1 in front of 48,857 anxious Blue Jays fans.
Things got off to a rocky start for the Blue Jays in the second inning when catcher J.P. Arencibia had trouble catching knuckleball offerings from R.A. Dickey in the first two innings. Then things got worse when Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homerun in the fifth inning to put the Indians up 4-1. And both times, Blue Jays fans showed their displeasure by showering their Blue Jays with boos.
“It’s easy to play from the stands,” Arencibia said of the raspberries aimed in his direction. “That’s part of being a fan. There’s no hard feelings in that. Hey, I want to catch it too, and they’re screaming, ‘Hey, catch the ball.’ Pfft, I want to catch it, too. I’m trying. I’m not trying to miss ’em. It’s a tough pitch. It is what it is, you shake it off.”
“What’s tough is we’re not going to go undefeated this year,” Arencibia said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. “Going into it I thought we really had the chance to be the first 162-game winner, but sometimes you got to look yourself in the mirror and go, ‘Hey, maybe we can go 161-1.’ That’s the plan now.”
We know you’re itching for a winner Blue Jays fans, but please settle down.