The Blue Jays’ Jo-Jo Reyes almost sets a new record for futility

The Blue Jays’ Jo-Jo Reyes almost sets a new record for futility

Jo-Jo Reyes' new hairdo (Image: A screen grab from Sportsnet.ca) 

Last night, for the first time in nearly three years, Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes walked off the mound a winner. After equalling a Major League Baseball record with 28 consecutive starts without a victory, Reyes was poised to pass that mark last night if he didn’t come through with a win. But he did his part—pitching the first complete game of his career—and his teammates did theirs, powering the Jays to an 11-1 drubbing of the American League–leading Cleveland Indians. In the lead-up to the game, Reyes’s mug was plastered across the front page of SI.com and ESPN.com’s baseball page—not to mention the local coverage—and today Reyes’s one win is somehow the biggest story in baseball.

The National Post has more:

In storybook fashion, his teammates rose up and smote the record with him. The Jays led 2-1 when their offence exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning against Fausto Carmona, and with two more the following inning, they forged into double-digit territory for the second game in a row.

“They wanted to see me break the streak as much as everybody else,” Reyes said of his teammates. “The team’s awesome.”

What was the secret behind the big win (aside from the obvious awesome factor)? We’re not sure—but we’d sure like to think it was Reyes’s new Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughan–inspired ’do.

Jays Reyes gets monkey off his back [Toronto Star]
Jays help Reyes unload a heavy burden [National Post]
Winning Time: Reyes snaps losing streak [SI.com]