Editor's note: We're saying goodbye to teams mathematically eliminated from the 2013 MLB season with a toast. Want to contribute? Follow @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and await our call for submissions. Next up, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Until now, this MLB Toasts series has consisted largely of teams expected to lose. But here we are, 13 teams in and we're writing about a team that was a preseason favorite to win the World Series. Simply put, 2013 wasn't a very good year for the Toronto Blue Jays.
They went from offseason heroes to midseason disappointments to September cellar dwellers. Injuries were a part of it, sure — Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow and ... well, the list could go on. Fact is, it's the last week of September and there are four teams in the AL East ahead of the 71-85 Blue Jays, including a Yankees team that was just as injury-ravaged. The Blue Jays don't just need a toast. They need a drunken night out on the town to drown their sorrows.
To the Blue Jays, because you wouldn't have been in last place in four other divisions, darn that tough AL East. To the Blue Jays, for at least giving us fun times with Munenori Kawasaki. To the Blue Jays, because sometimes you inspire the worst in fans. And to the Blue Jays, because sometimes you inspire the best in police reports.
We're not going to bogart this toast. Here's what the people had to say about the 2013 Blue Jays. Add your own toast in the comments.
— April Whitzman (@Alleycat17) September 16, 2013
— Tim S. (@jorgath) September 23, 2013
— ⚾ Wade ⚾ (@NS_Export) September 23, 2013
— Bloggers To Be Named (@Bloggers2BNamed) September 18, 2013
— Glen Cadigan (@GlenCadigan) September 21, 2013
— JUNEBUG®⚾ (@JuneYank6) September 20, 2013
— Jason (@northern_trash) September 20, 2013
— Baseball Countdown (@Count2Baseball) September 22, 2013
— Rigo Marquez (@rimarquez06) September 24, 2013
ALREADY: Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, Minnesota Twins, Seattle Mariners.
UP NEXT: The Los Angeles Angels, Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals have all been eliminated too. Their toasts are coming soon. Send your best toasts to @BigLeagueStew on Twitter and watch the #MLBToasts hashtag.