It’s the top of the ninth inning. The Jays are down 3-1 with the bases loaded and one out. The pitcher is Zach Britton and the hitter is Steve Pearce. You’re sitting there with your fingers crossed and your stomach in a knot, thinking about all the possibilities that can happen on each pitch. Pearce can strike out, he can fly out, but dear god, don’t get a ground ball. Anything but that.
Guess what happens? He hits a ball on the ground and the game ends on a double play.
It’s only the second game of the season, but it is like the offence hasn’t changed one bit. Everybody is swinging for the fences instead of passing the torch.
Everybody wants to be the hero.
With a lineup this deep, there doesn’t need to be a hero. We just need to keep the lineup going and doing the little things that will benefit the team, not your personal stats. Go the other way, sacrifice fly, bunt, and walk. These are the little things that can make a huge impact in the long run. A walk may seem really boring, but it puts a guy on the base and runs the pitcher’s count up.
The Blue Jays have played two games, but if they don’t change their single-minded offensive approaches, it’s going to cost them in the long run.