TORONTO — I, for one, will miss seeing Johan Santana pitch a few times a season. Now that he’s heading to the National League, anyone following the Blue Jays won’t be seeing much of the nasty left-hander.
Jays fans can rejoice, though, considering Santana didn’t land in pinstripes in the Bronx or on an already-sick staff in Beantown. No, as became increasingly predictable over the past few weeks, Santana landed with the New York Mets, who sent a package of four prospects and now have a 72-hour window in which to work out an extension with Santana.
Looking at the National League, I’ve got to think that the addition of Santana instantly makes the Metros the team to beat. They have a solid lineup and were in desperate need of another pitcher — enter a two-time Cy Young Award winner. Santana should thrive at Shea and against the lesser lineups in the NL. Santana happens to be 16-4 with a 2.27 ERA in Interleague Play and 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA at Shea. Small sample sizes, sure, but still telling.
OSCARS: Those of you who are regulars to my blog know that I’m a big film buff and I have yet to weigh in on the recent Oscar nominations. For me, I just wish Into the Wild would’ve received more love. I was upset that Enchanted had three nominees for original song, but Eddie Vedder wasn’t a pick for his work with Into the Wild. I was also hoping to see Sean Penn get the nod in the director’s category for the film — not the win, but a nomination. I’d like to see the Coen brothers get best director honors for No Country for Old Men and There WIll be Blood get the win for Best Picture.
For best actor/actress, I’m pulling for Daniel Day-Lewis for TWBB and Julie Christie for Away From Her. I don’t see local fave Ellen Page winning for Juno, but after recently watching the flick, I fully expect Diablo Cody to take home an Oscar for original screenplay. The only other real issue I had with the nominees was seeing Ruby Dee named for American Gangster. I guess that was more of a lifetime achievement-type nomination, considering her role wasn’t major in the movie. Oh, and where was The Simpsons in the best animated movie category?! Just terrible. You can’t tell me Surf’s Up was a better pick. And don’t get me started on seeing Sicko nominated in the documentary category. How a Michael Moore movie can be considered a documentary is beyond me, but I digress…
…back to baseball.