Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Anthopoulos Code... Seek The Truth!

I watched the DaVinci Code last night for about the 100th time, I loved it almost as much as the book... the plot twists, countless puzzles and mysteries... fabulous...

It got me thinking that it has a lot in common with current Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos.

In spite of the fact that I absolutely love that he, much like Robert Langdon, is a visionary person; I can say that I am sometimes awestruck by his smooth raping of other GM's (as evidenced by the Brandon Morrow trade), only to then turn around seeking to astound me with disbelief and sign Kevin Gregggggggggg when it seems we have a plethora of capable arms in the bullpen that could easily handle the job.

But much as the suspense builds towards the end of the movie, as Robert Langdon and Sophie Neveu feverishly run all London trying to stay ahead of the psychopath Opus Dei monk trying to stop them from uncovering the mysteries that have remained hidden for generations, the suspense builds for us Jays fans as we watch Alex lay out his vision for this organization.

Ok, ok, ok... maybe it isn't quite that sociopathic, but the premise remains comparable...

AA remains an enigma to most of us. He doesn't speak much in the media. He tends to shy away from the limelight. However, there's no doubt that he's lowered a few booms on us over his short time in power. He's a mystery. No one really knows what he has up his sleeve, or what secrets he hides behind that young beaming smile. He doesn't speak out about personnel moves (unless Cito opens his windpipes before he has a chance to speak, of course), he shies away from rumors and speculation. He likes to play his cards close to his vest and not tip his hand. His stealthy movements may have gotten us the biggest package of prospects we ever could have hoped for in Drabek, Wallace and d'Arnaud in the Halladay trade. (I still get teary eyed over that one...)

Although I don't expect AA to save the world, it isn't far fetched to think that he can't save the Blue Jays. I like what I've seen so far (or is it what I haven't seen?), and I truly want to believe that he will be the hero that saves the day in Toronto, and returns us to days of glory and World Series titles, although, I'd probably be happy with a SNIFF of postseason baseball... i'll temper my expectations a little for now.

I have a feeling he'll be everything we hope he will... we just wont see it coming...


  1. Nice post. It's early, but AA does seem like the right man for the job.

    A McGowan-related question: is it true? Are the sideburns really gone?

  2. A sad few days. First the sideburns, then that whole "dead arm" deal.

    Get well, Dustin.

  3. Actually, it's probably a god-sent that he's being shut down with a dead-arm. Now we can DL him and not risk losing him on waiver. Then he can take his time in extended Spring Training to get some arm strength back and work on his stamina without the pressure of getting back. By then we will probably have dealt a starter or reliever or two and we'll have room for him. Or, hopefully, he'll just replace Brian Tallet -_-