…what you want. In the Blue Jays’ case, they really would’ve liked to finish out a sweep of the Twins at the Metrodome. That’s a tall task and Toronto fans should be thrilled the club grabbed three wins in Minny. A four-game sweep is great over any club, but on the road inside one of the Majors’ toughest stadiums is quite a challenge. It’s been a great start to the current road trip — much better than their last trip (knock on wood, this trip ain’t over).
One thing I noticed this morning, while watching Sportscenter, was the fact that Toronto wasn’t listed on either the AL East or Wild Card standings when the show was breaking down the races. As of right now, the Jays are eight games out of the Wild Card and seven out of the division. With 44 games left to play, that’s a large gap to overcome. Toronto manager John Gibbons made light of the subject earlier this weekend, saying he knows a lot of people have written the Blue Jays off already. Not that he agrees with the critics.
"When they stop listing your team in the wild-card standings you know," Gibbons said with a laugh.
Do I think they’re out of it? I’ll keep saying what I’ve been saying: I think jumping over two teams in the division — and having those two teams being the Yankees and Red Sox — is going to be VERY difficult. Jumping over three teams in the Wild Card race seems near impossible. Who knows, though. Cleveland nearly pulled off the feat last year.
One interesting site is coolstandings.com, which currently gives Toronto a 0.8 percent chance of winning the East, a 0.3 percent chance of taking the Wild Card, and a 1.1 percent chance of making the playoffs by either route.
It’s 11 p.m. in Minneapolis and I still have some work to do before I hit the sack. I have to leave here at 5 a.m. to catch my flight to Tampa. Why am I leaving so early on an off-day? Good question. I do like traveling earlier than later in the day and it works out this time because I’ll be in Florida plenty early to swing over to Dunedin to catch Gustavo Chacin’s final rehab start. I’ll report on that tomorrow night.
QUESTION OF THE DAY: How many Oakland Raiders can you fit in one elevator?
For the first time in my life, I actually glanced up at the weight capacity of an elevator. While riding up to my floor at my hotel tonight, the elevator made several stops and kept picking up more and more football players — some of whom had to be 300-plus pounds. The Raiders are in town to play the Vikings for Monday Night Football. I swore that cable was going to snap, but I made it to my room safely.
RANDOM THOUGHT: I went and saw "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" for the second time tonight. I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan and if you like his movies and haven’t seen this one, make time for it. Also, be sure to stay all the way until the very end of the credits for one last laugh.
OK, I have to get back work…