Is this the end for Cujo?
Curtis Joseph was at the Rogers Centre on Monday afternoon, and about three hours before game time, he was standing outside the Blue Jays' dugout, talking with some team personnel and getting an up-close look at Toronto's batting practice.
One of the regular beat guys pointed him out. "Hey, what's Cujo doing here?" to which I quipped, "maybe looking for a job."
My guess is he'd make a decent catcher.
Joseph didn't talk to the media — or, at least, none of us took the opportunity to bug him while he was with his family — so I'm afraid I don't have any insight from the source as to what his plans are for next season. Joseph makes his off-season home in Toronto, so it's not a huge surprise he was there at the game, and one of his agents from Newport Sports wasn't far off.
Cujo's in a similar situation to Jeremy Roenick in that he's on the cusp of a big milestone, just one win away from tying Terry Sawchuck for fourth place on the all-time wins list, and facing potential retirement. And, probably more so than Roenick, he's a slam dunk for the Hall of Fame at some point, whether this summer is the end or not.
I wrote earlier about the dearth of available jobs for goaltenders this season, something that puts veterans like Joseph on the outside looking in, and barring an early season injury and his willingness to move at the tweak of a groin, we've very well seen the last of one of the best netminders of the past 15-plus years.
He certainly looked in terrific shape for 40 (and living in Arizona has done wonders for his tan).
Cujo's also remarkably popular in this city, and received a nice round of applause when he was shown on the Jumbotron in the third inning. My guess is Andrew Raycroft wouldn't elicit quite the same response at this point.