18 Dec

Excitement Abound As Jays Sign Dickey

Posted in News on 18.12.12 by John Meloche

It looks like the Toronto Blue Jays are giving Canadian baseball fans their Christmas presents early. Hot on the heels of the Toronto Argonauts winning the 100th Grey Cup on their home field at Rogers Centre, it appears as if the city’s baseball team is poised to follow suit and do the same by winning the World Series in 2013!

Okay, maybe we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves by making such a bold prediction (more of an optimistic hope actually), but lately, the Jays have certainly been making their biggest off-season moves in a very long time. Just weeks after securing pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buerle in a blockbuster trade with Miami, Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos has done it again.

As reported by The Toronto Star ‘s sports columnist Richard Griffin yesterday, the Blue Jays have acquired none other than this past season’s National League Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey. Not unlike the trade made just before it, the deal bringing Dickey to Toronto involves several players – seven to be exact.

Griffin reveals that Dickey is headed to the Jays along with his personal catcher, Josh Thole. And just in case you’re wondering how and why a pitcher would have a “personal catcher”, you’re not alone. Seems strange, right? But Dickey is a special type of pitcher – a rare breed in professional baseball. His signature pitch is the knuckleball, which is not only hard to pitch, but hard to catch.

Getting last year’s breakout pitching star didn’t come easy. The Jays were forced to part with two huge prospects in Travis D’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard. Toronto also parted ways with John Buck, a former-Jay who came back to the Blue Jays in the same trade that landed Johnson and Buerle from the Marlins.

“This is fantastic news,” said one of our Synergy sales reps this morning, “If nothing else, it communicates that the Jays are ready to win now. We’ve been suffering for too long. It’s been 20 years, to be exact, since the Jays last won the World Series. We’re in a tough division that only gets tougher. No more waiting for next year. This is our year!”

As excited as our colleague is, he’ll have to wait until April for the Major League Baseball season to get going. The Jays lineup will certainly have a new look to it, but that’s no guarantee that a championship will be won right away. Their chances, however, do look much improved.

“I’m excited,” our rep continued, “I was just a kid the last time the Jays won it all. I have a whole new appreciation for sports as an adult. Maybe it’s because I’ll have the opportunity to party a lot harder the next time we win a championship. One thing is for sure, we’re in for a very good season. Thank you Blue Jays!”

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