Blue Jays hoping late run just the beginning

Updated: September 16, 2008, 1:56 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Toronto general manager J.P. Ricciardi takes only modest appreciation in running the team nobody in the American League wants to face, for it is a sentiment for a team about to miss the playoffs for the 14th consecutive year that sounds less compliment than platitude.

But Toronto, with its Pyrrhic success -- again so dangerous and tantalizing this season, but too little, too late -- is no charity case. The Blue Jays represent an interesting study in both economics and the baseball ...

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