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Op-Ed: It's opening night, baseball is back in Toronto

By Nawest Vazquez     Apr 6, 2009 in Sports
It has proven difficult to escape the copious amounts of negativity - whether in print, on blogs, on radio, and on television - that surrounds the 2009 edition of our Toronto Blue Jays. It is in abundance. And I'm tired of it. Done with it, actually.
You will find none of it here. No sir. My glass is half full.
The Jays open their season tonight at 7:15 PM, when Roy Halladay will throw his first pitch to the Detroit Tigers.
Amidst all the doom and gloom, I am optimistic about the Jays' chances. They won't be as bad as people think.
I'm someone who will be on his feet to welcome back Aaron Hill when he steps to the plate for the first time tonight; who can't wait to see what Travis Snider, only 21 years old, can do over the course of a full season; who thinks the Gastonian One can build on his half-season success of 2008; who can't wait to see how the Jays' young arms - Jesse Litsch, David Purcey, Ricky Romero, Casey Janssen, and eventually Brad Mills and Brett Cecil - respond to the monumental challenge at hand; who is looking forward to again watching Scott Rolen patrol the hot corner better than anyone in this city before him; and who will appreciate every single, solitary pitch Roy Halladay throws.
I could go on. I haven't even mentioned Alex Rios, Vernon Wells, or Lyle Overbay. And I won't, because there's really only more thing you need to know; that there's been a slight change to the Toronto Blue Jays' 2009 to do list. Instead of making the playoffs, I'm now talking about the Jays winning the pennant.
Don't tell me it can't happen. Did you think the Tampa Bay Rays would go all the way to the World Series last year? No, you didn't.
Believe. Remember, a little hope never hurt anybody.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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