The 2009 Blue Jays in a Haiku

Ian HunterCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2009

NEW YORK - AUGUST 12:  Brandon League #22 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches during the game against the New York Yankees on August 12, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tip of the cap to the ladies at Babes of Baseball for inspiring me to write this Haiku, which pretty much summarizes the entire season for the Toronto Blue Jays:

Memories of the spring
Keep us warm in October.
That and the bourbon.

It ended in a way that we've become all too familiar with in 2009—a one-run loss in extra innings (on an error, to boot). That makes a grand total of 28 one-run losses and 13 losses in extra innings for the Jays this year.

So the Blue Jays finish with a 75-87 record, the ninth worst finish in franchise history and the worst since 2004, when they were 64-94. The funny thing is that this is pretty much where everybody pegged the Blue Jays to be at the end of this year—fourth place in the AL East or worse.

Even looking back at the Blue Jays Roundtable that Mop Up Duty spearheaded before the season started, almost everyone said that the Jays would hover around .500 if not finish slightly above. Callum even predicted a 76-86 record, which was nearly identical to the actual, so I am definitely getting him to predict the over/under for the Super Bowl.

It's a shame the season had to end on this note for the Blue Jays—being swept at the hands of one of the worst teams in the American League. This was the very same Blue Jays team that swept one of the best teams in the American League at Fenway Park in the prior series. It's been frustrating to watch, to say the least.

This past weekend was undoubtedly filled with distractions, what with Cito-gate and J.P. Ricciardi being let go. After all of that happened in such a short span of time so close to the end of the schedule, it definitely leaves a sour taste in the mouth of Blue Jays fans.

But there is hope! Next season, there will be a new president (hopefully), a new general manager, and hopefully a new coaching staff as well. With all of that, there will be a new vision moving forward for the Toronto Blue Jays and hopefully some better results.

For the time being, let's just pass that bourbon around to keep us warm through the offseason. It burns, but it's a good burn. Besides, after three shots you can barely even taste it anyway.

See ya back next year, boys.