The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals begin the 2015 American League Championship Series tonight in KC. The Jays have been rolling along nicely since dropping the first two games to Texas in the ALDS, only to come back and take three straight. But did they overdo things in their celebrating?
I don’t mean the cocky, unwritten rule-breaking, bat-flipping after a home run swing. Pitchers may compete fiercely against each other, but there is also a degree of camaraderie among the pitching brotherhood, what you do to one of them you do to all of them. They have ways of dealing with that nonsense. What I am referring to is the Jays champagne swigging and spraying in a plastic-protected clubhouse, complete with media sporting protective goggles. An alien just arriving would have been forgiven for assuming the Jays had won the World Series.
It is easy to point out that Toronto is a city that is itching to celebrate the winning of something (insert Maple Leafs joke here), the city’s sports fans’ finger is twitching on the trigger of the confetti gun. But methinks they doth Jubilate too much. It was just the first rung on the ladder. By all means celebrate, but within reason. Dare I say it is a case of premature exhilaration? Will they regret this down the postseason road?
The Boston Red Sox suffered the Curse of the Bambino after shipping Babe Ruth to the hated Yankees, going decades without a championship. This year much has been made of the Chicago Cubs trying to shake off the century-old ‘Curse of the Goat‘; a hex being placed on the team when they refused a tavern owner’s Billy goat entry to the park. Will the Blue Jays be burdened with the Curse of the Gloat? Only time will tell.