Don’t jump off a Cliff

In an extremely close one-run game, molehills are mountains. Unfortunately, Lyle Overbay’s errant throw into centre field was the molehill that allowed the Cleveland Indians to climb the mountain to victory.

I appreciate Overbay’s aggressiveness to attempt to get the lead runner at second base, but ultimately it was the deciding factor in the game. Then again, we can’t really be that upset at him because it was just his second error all season long. I can admit that I kind of take for granted just how great a defensive first basemen Lyle Overbay is until plays that one stand out like a sore thumb.

It seemed like Brett Cecil had a horseshoe up his ass because every time he got into trouble, he managed to wiggle his way out of it. I almost thought that lucky streak was going to continue in the 9th when the Indians had the bases loaded with one out. Alas, Victor Martinez drove a steak into the chest of Jays fans by driving in the winning runs with a double off Scott Downs.


Aside from offensive contributions by Scott Rolen and Aaron Hill, the Blue Jays offense was lackluster once again. The Vernon Wells Hatred Advisory System is on severe alert once again after Cito slotted Wells into the number three slot once again and Vernon came up hitless … again. Did Cito feel bad for VW and that’s why he moved him back into the third spot in the lineup? Just because Vernon had some bad chicken doesn’t mean all is forgiven and is back to normal.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

6 thoughts on “Don’t jump off a Cliff

  • July 22, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Lyle usually makes those plays. I guess that's why it was so frustrating.

    How about we just jump ON Cliff Lee, beat the piss out of him, and take back Doc's CY Young award?

  • July 22, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Good old Vernon. Hitting 3rd vs a lefty was just a mind-boggling stupid decision. Did JP tell Cito to do that shit for contract justification?

  • July 22, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    eyeB, let's lead the charge and take back Doc's Cy Young. It should be in its rightful place – the Halladay trophy case.

    Matthias, I'm not sure what Cito was smoking when he wrote that lineup card. The only reason I can think of is that Lind wasn't playing so it was either Wells or Millar to hit in the three slot. Surprisingly, I'll take Wells over Millar in that case.

  • July 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Don't forget, Wells is also owed $8.5 as part of his signing bonus (it was split over 2008, 2009, 2010). So in total, we're paying the bum 21M next year…

    There's a very aggravating analysis of his offense this season here

  • July 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    I know, it's hard to believe that almost one quarter of the entire Blue Jays player salary in 2010 will be tied up in Vernon Wells.

    Luckily, the Jays are only on the books to pay Wells under $5 million this year I believe.

    When his salary jacks up to $23 million and he's not putting up numbers, that's when we (and the Blue Jays) will REALLY start to shit bricks.

  • July 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Wells is going to be paid $1.5M in salary this year, plus he was paid $8.5 million on March 1, as an installment of his signing bonus.

    What a bum.

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