16 Sep

Blue Jays Ending Most Disappointing Season Ever

Posted in News on 16.09.13 by John Meloche

encarnacion_sad640Well, we can pretty much close the books on the Toronto Blue Jays season. And if we’re being completely honest, the books were really never open all season long. In what can be argued as the most disappointing season in the franchise’s history, the Jays currently sit in last place in the American League with a miserable 68-81 record. That’s good for being 22.5 games back of the first place Boston Red Sox.

Adding greater sting to the cut is the fact that John Farrell – who left his position as Jays manager before the season started – has guided the Sox from worst to first. In what was expected to be a year when the Blue Jays would return to the playoffs after twenty years, this season will certainly see the Jays finishing dead last in their division. It was our hope, here at Synergy, that our blog would be covering a lot of good times for our home team.

“It’s been horrible,” commented one of our sales staff members last week, “At the beginning of the season, we were all ready to celebrate a championship. But the season really couldn’t have gone any worse. There wasn’t a point that we thought ‘oh we have a chance now’. It’s just been one let down after the other. Honestly, it’s been tough being a Jays fan this year.”

Yesterday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles pretty much sealed the deal. Not that the Jays had a chance to make it into the playoffs before yesterday, but somehow the loss represented just another example of our hometown team has been unable to compete within their division. An A.L. East rival, the Orioles are actually still competing for a Wild Card berth.

In fact, every other team in the division still has a chance to make it into the playoffs thanks to the Wild Card spot. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are nowhere close. “That’s the thing that makes it all the more painful,” commented our rep, “Our entire division is competitive. Everyone has a chance. That makes it interesting for their fans to watch. There’s literally no reason to watch the rest of the Jays’ season.”

Sadly, this is true. Even the most die hard Jays fan – and there are quite a few who are members of the Synergy family – is not enjoying watching the games these days. With yesterday’s loss, the Jays are officially unable to finish any better than with a .500 record. One more loss and a losing season is guaranteed. In other words, the Jays will end up with a losing record this season – likely the only team in the A.L. East to do so.

Before the season began, the Blue Jays had acquired a wealth of incredible talent. Players including knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and shortstop José Reyes showed great promise for Toronto’s Major League team. Reyes, however, was injured early in the season forcing him to miss half of it. Dickey – last year’s National League Cy Young Award winner – has been less than stellar. His current record is a ho-hum 12-12.

“As they say, ‘there’s always next year’,” offered another team member, “But that’s what we said last year. And this was supposed to be the year! So I have no idea what the Jays are going to do to better themselves. We play in the league’s toughest division and we’re failing miserably. I can only hope that it doesn’t get any worse than this. At least, we have football to look forward to.”

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19 Aug

Jays Winding Down A Disappointing Season

Posted in News on 19.08.13 by John Meloche

Toronto Blue Jays v New York YankeesAt the beginning of this year’s Major League Baseball season, we endeavoured to keep readers of the Synergy Marketing Blog posted on our thoughts about the progress of the Toronto Blue Jays. Suffice it to say, there hasn’t been too much too celebrate in 2013. Our hometown heroes have been anything but heroes in a season that they were planning on dominating.

At the beginning of the season, many people actually had the Jays picked as World Series favourites. However, with about a month and a half left to go before the end of the regular season, Synergy’s hometown team sits dead last in the ever-competitive American League East. Saying that the season has been a disappointment is easily a huge understatement considering the expectations.

“I already had my playoff tickets purchased,” one of our team members half-joked, “With all the acquisitions made in the offseason, I was sure we were going to compete this year. I can’t believe how poorly things have gone. With the exception of that 11-game winning streak a couple months ago, there hasn’t been much worth cheering for. It’s another year wasted.”

Today, the Blue Jays have an off day, so one thing is for sure. The Jays won’t be losing a game tonight. However, they continue to lose heartbreakers just as they did last night against the Tampa Bay Rays in ten innings. Had they won, it would have been the first series that the Jays took over their division rivals in Tampa since 2007. Needless to say, they don’t have a good record in Florida.

“The Jays keep losing against teams that they need to beat,” explained another member of our team, “We had the Sox and Rays this past week and the Yanks are next. Potentially, we could have gained a lot of ground against these guys since they’re all in our division. Losing against them just puts us deeper in the hole. The season is basically won and lost on these games.”

Currently, the Jays sit at a record of 57-67 – a full ten games under the .500 mark. No other team in the A.L. East has a losing record. That puts Toronto 15 games out of first place and 13.5 games back of the Wild Card position. What this all adds up to is having to wait at least one more season before anyone in Toronto can see their baseball team in a playoff position.

“It’s bad,” added our first rep, “We may not have put together a championship team, but I don’t think anyone expected it to be this bad. Seriously, it’s embarrassing. The city deserves better than this and it’s not like we can blame the organization for not trying. All the new players were supposed to make a difference, but they didn’t. I’m not sure what they’re going to do next.”

Only time will tell what will happen with the Toronto Blue Jays. The team, here at Synergy, certainly hopes that the last few weeks of the season will be interesting, at the very least. Can the Jays actually make a push for contention? Is there any hope left at all? Even the most die-hard fans are likely to respond in the negative. Nevertheless, Synergy supports its Jays – as hard as that has been all season.

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24 Jun

Going For 12 In A Row

Posted in News on 24.06.13 by John Meloche

jaysSince April, the Synergy Marketing Blog has been following the Toronto Blue Jays baseball season. Being headquartered in Toronto means that our staff is comprised of many a Blue Jays fan. But the news hasn’t been so good for the better part of the past three months. For the most part, any blog dedicated to the Blue Jays has centered on the team’s disappointing performance.

Well, things have certainly changed! At present, the Blue Jays are enjoying an 11-game winning streak. This is not only a monumental achievement for the team this season, it’s a huge accomplishment for the history of the franchise. If the Jays win their game tonight, they will have pulled off the first-ever 12-game winning streak in the history of the club.

“It’s unbelievable,” commented one of our sales staff this morning, “So many fans had already lost hope in the season. Now, the Jays are playing the best baseball in the entire league. Tonight’s series is super important too. Beating the Tampa Bay Rays means that we would finally leapfrog ourselves out of last place in the American League East. If you’re not excited about tonight, you simply don’t like sports.”

Our staff member is correct. The Jays are now sitting two games above .500 for the first time all season. That currently puts them in a tie with Tampa Bay. Less than two weeks ago, the Jays seemed completely out of the picture. Today, they are just five games behind the first place Boston Red Sox – a team they will play after the series with the Rays concludes.

“This is definitely the most exciting part of the season so far,” mentioned another member of our team, “These series couldn’t have come at a better time. We just swept (the) Baltimore (Orioles, another team in the same division) and now we have a chance to do the same against the Rays and the Sox. We could end up in first place by this time next week!”

Another correct statement. Clearly, things are heating up in Toronto thanks to the newly invigorated Blue Jays team. The city, which is widely known for its love for hockey, has seemingly gotten over the sting of the Toronto Maple Leafs being ousted from the playoffs. Well, perhaps not completely. A Chicago Blackhawks win tonight against the Boston Bruins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals may help.

The Bruins, of course, are the team that bested the Leafs in their opening round series. It took seven games and an overtime comeback for Boston to end the hopes of Toronto hockey fans. Perhaps, the Jays are setting the city up for a little revenge. “It would be amazing if the Jays knock Boston out of first,” said our first rep, “It would make all the pain we got because of the Leafs all worth it.”

Will the Jays be able to pull off a record-breaking 12th straight win tonight? Baseball fans all over Toronto – and arguably Canada – sure hope so. Here’s hoping our future Blue Jays blogs will be commenting on a first place team. At the very least, we’re hoping the Jays will be the competitive playoff-bound team they were expected to be at the beginning of the season.

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