In the screenplay submitted to Hollywood, an aging bullpen veteran pressed into starting duty not only shuts out the mighty Yankees, but no-hits them. Kevin Costner directs the film and stars in it, and the ending makes all the women cry despite the unwritten ban on crying in baseball.
In the game played on the field, the Jays allowed eight unanswered runs and lost 9-5.
With three games left, the possibility of a post-season without the sputtering Yankees remains very real despite their win today at Rogers Centre.
Before the game, the Blue Jays’ award winners, selected by players and coaches, were announced.
The Player Of the Year choice is no surprise.
Edwin Encarnacion has been the Jays’ most consistent, productive hitter this season. Had he played for a post-season contender, his 42 homers and 110 RBIs would get him serious MVP consideration.
Southpaw Aaron Loup — Aaron Wolf, as he’s known in French Canada — is the Jays’ Rookie Of The Year.
In a half season, in a fraction under 30 innings, he posted an ERA under three and less than a hit per inning. On a team whose starting lineup regularly includes two or three rookies, a situational lefty wasn’t the pre-vote favorite.
Another situational lefty, Darren Oliver, is the Jays’ Pitcher Of The Year.
The well-traveled Oliver, who’s played for nine teams in a 19 year career, signed a one year deal with an option for 2013 this spring. After a full season in the AL East, where there aren’t any pushovers, his ERA is 1.78 and his WHIP — walks plus hits per inning — is under one.
In the Hollywood screenplay, Loup and a re-signed Oliver would become a lights-out pair in the pen, and Encarnacion would get his MVP.
However, unlike most Hollywood dreams, this one could actually happen.