Great Expectations: The Lost Toronto Blue Jays Season

Paperback | November 15, 2013

byShi Davidi

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In a one of a kind look at the Toronto Blue Jays 2013 season, two seasoned sports journalists take readers behind the scenes as the team stocks up on stars, revitalizes its fans and embarks on a campaign of shocking disillusionment. Great Expectations begins with a detailed look at how general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off the blockbuster trade that acquired flashy shortstop Jose Reyes, potential pitching ace Josh Johnson and steady left-hander Mark Buehrle. Then came the delicate, frenzied negotiations with the Mets that landed erudite knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the National League''s Cy Young Award winner in 2012. The book examines the challenges that Reyes, Buehrle and Dickey faced in their formative years and during the rocky 2013 season. It is also replete with details about Brett Lawrie, the team''s lone Canadian, whose kinetic style of play is a double-edged sword; José Bautista, the two-time home-run champion whose crown began to slip during a difficult 2013 season; Munenori Kawasaki, the genial, quirky infielder who became an overnight fan favourite; and Anthopoulos himself, who, by season''s end, was inciting the fury of the same fans who had praised him as a genius a few months earlier. Featuring insightful analysis and a colourful collection of candid photos, Great Expectations is a fascinating tale of a season gone wrong.

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In a one of a kind look at the Toronto Blue Jays 2013 season, two seasoned sports journalists take readers behind the scenes as the team stocks up on stars, revitalizes its fans and embarks on a campaign of shocking disillusionment. Great Expectations begins with a detailed look at how general manager Alex Anthopoulos pulled off the blockbuster trade that acquired flashy shortstop Jose Reyes, pote...

Shi Davidi is a baseball columnist and TV analyst with Sportsnet in Toronto, who has covered the Blue Jays since 2002. He lives in Toronto. John Lott is a baseball reporter for the National Post who has covered the Toronto Blue Jays since 2000. He lives in Aurora, Ontario.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 15, 2013Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great spring training primer! I was pretty excited to get my hands on this book as spring season had started and baseball fever was creeping in. Well written and researched, with great insight into the Blue Jays season that never was.
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reader This book was a good read. It was a nice chronological refresher of what Toronto did last of season and it had done cool behind the scenes stories as well. I found it to be an easy read as well.
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Great read! Very insightful and a lot of food for thought.
Date published: 2013-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Recommend to any jays fan
Date published: 2013-11-22