A Ray of Hope
There hasn’t been much positive to say for the Toronto Blue Jays lately- not only have injuries to two key members of their lineup sent the offence that exploded out of the gate crashing into a serious slump, but after B.J. Ryan joined Brandon League on the disabled list, the effects were felt almost immediately. Back to back late leads were coughed up by the bullpen, sending the team into a five-game losing streak and an embarrassing sweep at the hands of the Baltimore Orioles.
However, in every steaming, festering pile of vomitous refuse there is a patch of brighter green, and the first encouraging sign of resurgence came for the Jays came in final third of last night’s loss to the Orioles. In his first appearance after being called up to fill Ryan’s spot in the bullpen, sinkerballer Jamie Vermilyea came on in the 6th. The result? 3 hits, no walks and zero runs scored.
After the game, Jamie was a spark of excitement in an otherwise sombre clubhouse. “Well, you know, I was jumping out there, my heart was beating so fast to finally really be in the big leagues. At first I was scared that I was going to mess up and be sent down, but then I calmed down and did my thing and it worked out better than I could have imagined. Man, I can’t believe it, I’m really here- wow, I’m so jazzed. This is by far the best day of my life. I know we’ve been going through a tough time lately, but I’m just glad to be able to get the job done and help the team out and I’m confident we can turn things around and I hope I can be a big part of that.”
Whatever the future may bring for the Toronto Blue Jays, here is one young man who is off to a great start to his season- hopefully he can keep his 0.00 major league ERA intact for a long, long, time.