“The sky’s the limit.”
Jose Bautista isn’t one to beat around the bush, at least not when it comes to assessing the vastly revamped Blue Jays and their chances for a playoff berth.
“I know I’ve been on other teams and one that didn’t have a chance (to be in the playoffs), but this is different, this is the best team I’ve been on in my career,” the two-time major-league home run king said Tuesday as pitchers and catchers underwent physicals in advance of Wednesday’s first official reporting date for spring training.
“I don’t see where it can go wrong for us.”
Bautista’s enthusiasm stems from the massive off-season retooling of the Jays that brought proven stars R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera to Toronto.
“If we do what we are all capable of then it should come together for us, it will take care of itself,” Bautista said. “We should be able to go to the playoffs and hopefully the World Series.”
Those words are on the lips of most Jays fans as well, with expectations higher than at any time since the club’s back-to-back World Series wins in 1992-93.
Bautista, who rose from relative obscurity to stardom after arriving in Toronto in 2009, has embraced his leadership role with the team since signing a five-year, $64 million contract extension in early 2011. It was a deal he wouldn’t have signed without assurances from team management that it would try to build a winner.
“Now I love this challenge. . . . We’ve got a confident group and you look forward to a bunch of guys coming together, and staying healthy, and if all that happens the way it should, then going to the playoffs and hopefully the World Series.”
Blue Jays: Slugger Jose Bautista high on team’s chances
Toronto Star | Feb 13