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Boo-birds chirp Blue Jays on Opening Day

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07:47 AM ET 04.03 | So much for running away with the AL East beginning on Day 1. And so it was that months of frenzied excitement for these dramatically overhauled Blue Jays seemed to evaporate in fewer than two innings Tuesday night, as J.P. Arencibia struggled to snare R.A. Dickey's erratic knuckleball and the knuckleballer himself proved more fallible than his recent reputation had suggested. Yes, the boo-birds were out early on opening day at the Rogers Centre -- first when Arencibia allowed three passed balls in the first two innings, and again when Indians shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera knocked a two-run homer to put Cleveland up 4-1 -- souring what was supposed to be the Jays' momentous liftoff.

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R.A. Dickey, US Presswire R.A. Dickey, US Presswire
April 3, 2013  07:56 AM ET

The announcement of season's end is premature. Obviously - the fans know little of what to expect of a knuckleball pitcher. Jeesh.... give it a chance already.

Did find one tidbit funny. The 3rd string catcher give the starter some advice on how to set up behind the plate to give him a better chance to react to the pitch.... and after that - no more passed balls. Of course - Dickey got better too. But if this is all it takes to bring out the "boo-birds" - TOR is in for a long year.

April 3, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Never mind the fact that Masterson was masterful. And that's no accident. To heck with the Jays; it was all about the Tribe's excellence.

Boston trading Masty for V-Mart was IMHO a mistake.

April 3, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Maybe they should have signed Doug Mirabelli.

April 3, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Watch out for Cleveland!

wait...what?

April 3, 2013  08:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Watch out for Cleveland!wait...what?

Watch out for Tito!

April 3, 2013  08:46 AM ET

It's a long, long season and fans need to be patient.

April 3, 2013  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's a long, long season and fans need to be patient.

It still is nice to get at least ONE win in the first week.

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April 3, 2013  09:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The announcement of season's end is premature. Obviously - the fans know little of what to expect of a knuckleball pitcher. Jeesh.... give it a chance already.Did find one tidbit funny. The 3rd string catcher give the starter some advice on how to set up behind the plate to give him a better chance to react to the pitch.... and after that - no more passed balls. Of course - Dickey got better too. But if this is all it takes to bring out the "boo-birds" - TOR is in for a long year.

You said it! Booing already?

April 3, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

A few dumb fans maketh not the opinion of the masses.Dickey was pretty good. Those bobbles by JPA cost the Jays some runs, but Masterson got into a groove and the hitting was atrocious. Game one. Not worried at all. But if JPA continues not being able to handle the knuckle, something is gonna have to give. Without those passed balls, it's a one-run game.

That catcher will learn. Funny thing is they probably even worked on it in spring training. Bob Ueker used to joke that the way you catch a knuckleball is wait for it to stop rolling and pick it up. What makes it effective against batters also makes it a challenge for a catcher. He'll get it though, I'm sure of it.

April 3, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Watch out for Cleveland!wait...what?

Yes, I know it sounds a bit awkward but you might be on to something there.

Ladies and gentlemen, your first-place Cleveland Indians!
(c'mon, it might be my only chance to say it)

April 3, 2013  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Never mind the fact that Masterson was masterful.

Could be his breakout year.

April 3, 2013  11:08 AM ET

......blue jays are stacked..will win the east...orioles will compete down to the wire, but they go no further until the year after showalter is fired.....forget about the rays, who are a bunch of victims who have built in excuses for being sepcong best year after year....except this year they will be third best....

April 3, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yes, I know it sounds a bit awkward but you might be on to something there.Ladies and gentlemen, your first-place Cleveland Indians! (c'mon, it might be my only chance to say it)

I'm with you man. 2012 Red Sox 69-93.

I wish you luck!

April 3, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

c'mon, it might be my only chance to say it

Savor the fleeting moment(s).

April 3, 2013  11:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

What makes it effective against batters also makes it a challenge for a catcher. He'll get it though, I'm sure of it.

It's mathematical chaos in action. Deterministic unpredictability from hypersensitivity to initial conditions. A.k.a. the butterfly effect.

I always love it when math and science can be applied to playtime.

April 3, 2013  11:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You said it! Booing already?

I could be wrong, but I don't think they were booing the Blue Jays, but rather the fact that they're Canadian.

I'll let Randy confirm or deny.

 
April 3, 2013  12:01 PM ET

While it is early to be booing the team, I think Jays fans should brace themselves. This is the first of many disappointments they'll endure this season.

I would certainly say they improved from last year, but I think expectations for the team are way too high.

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