So, if we're reading every story put out yesterday by every writer covering the Jays correctly, Vernon Wells is starting to feel like this is his team.
Really. Seriously, Vernon. That's where you want to go with this.
Somehow, over the past dozen years, there was something missing for you, because there were always those pesky folks blocking your way. Like Carlos Delgado. Or Roy Halladay. But now that those perennial All-Stars, Silver Sluggers, Cy Young winners and Sporting News AL Players of the Year are out of the way, you can feel comfortable enough to stretch your shit out and feel like the man of the house around Dunedin.
(Never mind the fact that there are two incumbent Silver Sluggers in your lineup who are on the cover of the Canadian editions of all the baseball preview magazines this year. Ignore that altogether.)
And here's the really sad part for us fans: If this has somehow become "Vernon's Team", it is due far more to the attrition of talent around him rather than his stepping forward and claiming that title for himself in any of the past four seasons.
And don't get us wrong here: We would really love to see Vernon and his Manboobs of Glory triumph over the AL and have him go 30/100 again. We even suspect that he could do it. But to be frank, there's something that is way wrong in that dude's head.
The Parade of Links to Vernon's Leadership Declarations
Griffin: The time has come for Wells to make the Blue Jays his own (Professor Griff, The Star)
Jays leadership role to Wells (Bobby Mac, The Globe and Mail)
Wells takes on leadership role (Bastian!)
It's his team now (Arash Madani, Sportsnet)
Wells is back in the swing of things (Ken Fidlin, Sun)
And to be fair, we've taken the bait, as have most of our blogging compatriots. (Although much praise is due to GROF's Drew and his actual statistical researching and pie-charting of Vernon's issues. Where we play the dime store psychologist for Vernon, he plays clinical psychiatrist.)
Still, this story takes on a predictable echo effect. Sorta like the Edge's guitar in the last few U2 albums.