I won’t sugarcoat it: the Blue Jays left Buffalo for the final time on an extremely sour note. Losing two games to the Boston Red Sox, sandwiching a game postponed due to rain, is not how any Jays fan wanted this series to go. Especially when the team’s trying to make a climb up the standings and need to win every divisional matchup they possibly can, ESPECIALLY against the Sox. But all in all, you can’t get too worked up over 18 innings of baseball and the Blue Jays still have a lot of season left in front of them. It just stings more when losses come at the hands of those stupid beaneaters.
Goodnight, Buffalo. Thank you for everything 💙 pic.twitter.com/H4s00mV9mx
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 22, 2021
With that being said, I feel like all Canadian Jays fans owe a big thank you to Buffalo and their residents who showed up to the 24 games hosted at Sahlen Field to cheer on our guys. As much as I’ve given Buffalo a hard time in the past, I don’t think there could’ve been a better AirBnB for them than the Queen City. After the paltry love the Jays received in senior central Dunedin for the first two months of the season, it was refreshing to see the faithful Bills Mafia, one of the best fanbases in all of sports, rally behind the Blue Jays and give them some semblance of what it means to play in front of a home crowd. I think it’s only fair that every Jays fan who goes to the Rogers Centre home opener on July 30th has to leap through a plastic table in the parking lot before they enter the gates as a salute to the 716. I truly believe that the Blue Jays should consider having a homestand each year in Buffalo after seeing how great the support was during their time there. As long as it’s not against the Yankees or Sox.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 1, 2021
This edition of Nick’s Notes is a tribute to the Buffalo Blue Jays’ final homestand and the crowds that were there to root for them since they arrived in June. I remember how epic the applause was in that first game at Sahlen Field, when Vladdy hit a bomb and the Jays won in front of a rowdy group, and ever since then this team was treated to an incredible atmosphere that was a close second to what they’ll receive when they’re back in Toronto. The Jays went 12-12 in Buffalo and are coming home with real aspirations of being a contender, and the looming trade deadline will be a testament to how the rest of the season shakes out.
Leaving Buffalo in the most 2021 Blue Jays way possible
The Blue Jays’ ability to remain consistently inconsistent has been unrelenting, so much so that it’s borderline impossible that they’ve kept it up for this long. Rattling off big wins followed by treacherous losses has been their MO all year, and because of that I can’t think of a Blue Jays team in recent history that’s been more stress-inducing and has caused so much hair-pulling when watching them than these guys. They’ll win a stretch of games by fifty and look like the best team on Earth, and then they’ll follow that up by losing in a way that makes you want to consider picking up another hobby. That was the case in this past homestand in Buffalo, sweeping the Texas Rangers by a combined score of 25-2 only to lose two games to Boston that were a crucial blow to the Jays’ standing in the AL East.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) July 18, 2021
The reality is that the Blue Jays struggle against good teams, and that’s something they need to improve upon down the stretch. Losing those two to the BoSox sucked, but I can’t lie beating up on the Rangers as bad as they did glossed over the next two games in my brain. Sure, beating the Red Sox is more important than routing Texas, but nothing hits quite like beating up on those Lone Star losers. Watching the Blue Jays dominate the Rangers just hits different and makes the beers taste colder. There’s nothing like keeping the upper hand in a long-standing rivalry. The Blue Jays having more ups-and-downs than an elevator might be inevitable, but let’s just hope they can win more games against some real competition as they head into the dog days of the calendar.
Are we gonna finally see Lil Thicc back in the lineup?
It was tragic when Alejandro Kirk had to exit a game with a hip injury earlier this season, and was subsequently placed on the injured list. But after spending well over the minimum 60 days on the shelf, Kirk seems to be ready to go as he’s been TEARING it up in Triple-A.
Alejandro Kirk goes off the wall oppo to drive in a pair.
— Buffalo Bisons🦬 (@BuffaloBisons) July 22, 2021
I was a bit surprised to see everyone’s favourite catcher optioned to the Bisons when activated, but his time there might be short-lived. With Danny Jansen having left Wednesday’s game with an apparent injury from rounding first base it seems like Captain Kirk (or as Dean calls him, “Lil Thicc”) might be called up to the Blue Jays sooner than later. We’ve gotten little offense from the catcher’s spot this year apart from a brief Reese McGuire hot streak, and I for one would love to see a healthy, hitting, and hefty Alejandro Kirk in the lineup for the Jays’ return to Toronto.
How do we feel about Adam Cimber’s extremely short pants?
pants over the knees y/n pic.twitter.com/U7Tt5ynnFy
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 20, 2021
I don’t know if Adam Cimber has been doing this in every one of his Blue Jays appearances, but I feel the need to address it. I’m all for players wearing short pants to show off their socks. I did it a ton when I played baseball and I think that showing off the socks is one of the drippiest things a ballplayer can do.
But with that being said I NEVER pulled my pants off above the knee, nor did I ever consider it. Not only is it weird because of how short the pants look when they’re pulled that high, but from a functional perspective having them above the knee is just uncomfortable and awkward. I’d roll them that high once or twice just to get a feel for it and it completely limited my movement, and it just looks super dorky. I’ve been a big fan of Adam Cimber’s on the mound contributions but he’s definitely gotta reconsider the pants-above-the-knee look he’s got going on. You aren’t wearing shorts. Just put them an inch below the kneecap like the rest of the short pants guys do and people will leave ya alone.