It’s once again time to inject some opposing viewpoints into this blog. Since the Toronto Blue Jays will be visiting Friendly Fenway tonight, I contacted The Blue Jay Hunter. I asked him to answer a few questions for me since he writes a great Blue Jays blog. He, thankfully, agreed. I asked him the same questions I asked all my visiting fans. I wonder how the answers compare. Here’s what he had to say:
When did you start blogging?
I started blogging on August 9th, 2007. My very first entry was inspired by a brawl that almost broke out after tensions boiled over between the Blue Jays and the Yankees. Surprise surprise, it was started by Alex Rodriguez.
What is the theme/goal of your blog?
The overall goal of my blog is simply to entertain folks. While I do post some serious articles from time to time, I try not to take things too seriously. After all, the baseball season is very long and once in a while it's good to take a break from all the seriousness that comes with the MLB schedule.
Which member/group of the Blue Jays are you most confident in?
At this point, I'd say the group of players I'm most confident in is the Blue Jays starting rotation . They're all under 30 years old, controllable for many seasons, and have all shown they have what it takes to pitch successfully in the big leagues.
Which member/group of the Blue Jays concerns you the most?
I would say that Aaron Hill and Adam Lind have me worried the most. They both put up career seasons last year, but have struggled to find themselves this year. I don't know if I set expectations for 2010 way too high, but it seems like both have struggled to regain their form from last year.
Which member of the Red Sox scares you the most? (Yes, you have to pick one)
Two names come to mind: Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester. It seems like every time the Blue Jays face them (especially in Toronto), Buchholz and Lester handle the Jays with ease. Lester is a career 6-3 with a 2.74 ERA against the Blue Jays, and Buchholz is a career 5-3 with a 2.79 ERA.
Which member of the Red Sox do you like the least?
I'll be honest, I can't stand Kevin Youkilis. The last time I saw the Red Sox at the Rogers Centre, there was an incident where Youkilis thought he was hit by a pitch, then started trotting down to first base when the home plate ump called him back. Then Youkilis freaked out and Terry Francona got into it and it was a huge ordeal.
What’s your prediction for the upcoming Red Sox/Blue Jays series?
The Blue Jays have had some trouble at Fenway Park these past few seasons, so I think it would be ambitious to say the Blue Jays might win 1 or 2 games out of the series. With Jon Lester scheduled to pitch Friday's game, I'm even more prone to say that number might be lower ... but anything can happen!
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say the number “36”?
(this might change by week's end) When I think of the number 36, right now I think of Jose Bautista's 36 home runs to lead the major leagues. Every time I see him hit another home run, I just can't believe the kind of season he's having. Initially I thought he'd have trouble clearing 30 home runs, but now it's almost inevitable he'll hit 40. Bautista could even break the Blue Jays club record of 47 home runs.
I hope these questions offer some insight into the Visitor’s Section. Thanks again to The Blue Jay Hunter for helping me out. I wish the Blue Jays luck.
Especially against Tampa and NY.
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