The ship is sinking!!! I'm in the sports industry, so I understand that sports is a business. But when I saw the following newsflash I was only looking at it from a fan's viewpoint:
"The Blue Jays have decided to trade Rios to the White Sox without receiving any compensation in return..."
The Blue Jays have officially given up. Not just this year, but they've decided to throw in the towel with regards to baseball in general. They are going to do their best impression of the Florida Marlins. That means get rid of all those players who are making more than a few million per year. But I digress...
How am I, as a fan, to take this? The Jays just let one of their better players walk away for NOTHING! I don't care how much money he makes or is scheduled to make next year. They gave away talent and in exchange got a grand total of ZERO. Teams trade away their high priced talent all the time, I get it. But those teams get SOMETHING in return. At least get some extra batting practice balls!
Rios is a multiple All-Star. Sure he's not having the greatest year of his career, but he's still on pace for 21 homers and 28 stolen bases. That's certainly worth more than NOTHING, isn't it?? He is one of only a handful of players who give at least 20 HRs and 20 SBs each year. He has 30-30 potential every season. Do you know how many 30-30 players there were last year. TWO! And the Jays just gave away a guy who threatens this every year...for diddly squat!!!
So what's a fan to do? I feel like I have to continue to support my team...but they are making it so damn difficult. First they almost trade away the best pitcher in the AL (or maybe in MLB), then they GIVE away Rios. How can I continue to support a team that clearly has no desire to compete for the foreseeable future. You'd think that I'd be used to this being a Maple Leaf fan, but I'm not. I'm pissed.
If I were in Toronto I would have been attending games (someone has to, right?!). But after seeing this, how could I bring myself to continue attending this charade of a season? This team is being dismantled from the inside and they aren't improving. I could maybe understand if our best players were being traded for great prospects...but this deal proves that ownership is only worried about one thing. The bottom line. They don't care about winning, they don't care about giving the fans what they want. You can worry about the bottom line while still trying to get better - many teams do this. What we lack is leadership from the top.
Get rid of JP, that stupid useless, waste of space for a General Manager. He has yet to make a trade that has worked out for the Jays, and the number of moves he's done that have backfired is staggering!!! He's an idiot who can't do anything right at this point! He is the laughing stock of Major League Baseball. Honestly, I wish we could trade HIM for nothing. Hell, I'd even give up a prospect to get rid of that loser.
Please, for the love of God, get rid of JP. Do it. Do it now!!!