Fred Lewis, Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio, Rajai Davis, Jose Reyes. They all batted leadoff for the Toronto Bluejays in recent years, but none did especially well. Troy Tulowitzki is the new leadoff man, and while he's not your prototypical #1 hitter, he's the guy I want up there more times than anyone else. He gets on base a lot, which means nothing but trouble for opposing pitchers.
You shouldn't be surprised that the Toronto Blue Jays are the poster boys for mediocrity this season. Not after yesterday's game. In fact, given the lack of production from some key players, a weak pitching staff and a manager who makes egregious errors in the late innings, their record really isn't that bad. But are they in a position to win even if they acquire that #1 starter? Who knows, but I'd sure like to see them go "all in" for David Price.
When someone leaves a putt short, the cry "Hit it Alice" is a common refrain by other players. It is NOT a sexist remark however. Which makes it all the more ironic that the "Alice" being referred to is actually "Alliss" as in Peter Alliss, the 84 year old golf commentator for the BBC who was accused of making a sexist remark as Zach Johnson was about to win the British Open. This from a man who once left a 3 foot putt short, prompting a gallery member at the Ryder Cup to yell out "Nice putt Alliss".
Last year's late-season phenom, pitcher Aaron Sanchez, is coming back to the Jays. Not right away, but soon. Not as a starter, but in the bullpen. For now. Maybe. Unless John Gibbons changes his mind. Or if the Jays acquire another starter. Or a bullpen closer. As usual, the Jays vision is about as clear as mud.