Ace of Toronto Blue Jays starting pitching staff Ricky Romero acting like a kid again in this photo…

This, at a time when he is now the only starting pitcher left remaining from the original five that started the season. The Jays have recently lost their other four starters to injuries in a span of two weeks (one of whom is out for at least a year to Tommy John surgery – Kyle Drabek). So, now only Ricky is left! It has been a unbelievable run of misfortune for the Jays starting pitching staff.

The Jays are so hurting and desperate right now that they have signed 49-year old Jamie Moyer yesterday, who was released by the Orioles a few days ago. Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to win a major-league game earlier this season. In 10 starts this season, Moyer was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Ricky Romero sits in the dugout blowing bubbles before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami, Saturday, June 23, 2012.

Photo credit: AP Photo/J Pat Carter

Blue Jays ace Ricky Romero showing his powerful throwing motion, in this game against Atlanta Braves. The game was highlighted by Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus making spectacular back-to-back diving catches, as well as back-to-back home runs by Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus, ending in a 12-4 win for my Jays.

Ricky Romero of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 10, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Photo credit: Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

Bonus: Many fans have remarked Ricky Romero has a slight resemblance to rapper LL Cool J. What do you think?

I love the subtle lighting and contrasts of this photo of Toronto’s ace of the starting pitchers, Ricky Romero.

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero gets ready to throw to the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto (05/29/2012). This is Game 2 of 3, in which Jays eventually sweep the Orioles.

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2012 Opening Day in Cleveland

Wow! What a game! What a thrilling first game of the 2012 season! The 2012 Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday April 5, 2012 just played the longest Opening Day game in Major League history! A three-run homerun by young catcher J.P. Arencibia decided the game in the 16th inning, and at the bottom of the 16th newly acquired closing pitcher Sergio Santos shut down the Indians.

But, this was a team win. For example, after No.1 starter Ricky Romero gave up four runs in five innings, seven relief pitchers threw 11 consecutive scoreless innings, the best coming from Luis Perez, who threw four innings. Also, at the bottom of the 9th inning, the Jays were down 4-1 with Cleveland’s closer Chris Perez on the mound and with their last chance to bat. Jose Bautista, who homered earlier for the Jays only run, hit a sacrifice fly to score the second run. Then, Edwin Encarnacion hit a mammoth shot off the wall that looked like a homer, but instead got a double that scored in two runs, and tied up the game. Arencibia may also have saved the game by blocking a wild pitch in the dirt, tagging out Shin-Soo Choo on what would have been Cleveland’s fifth run in the third inning.

Even manager John Farrell had played a part. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Farrell substituted Omar Vizquel for the Jays left fielder then brought him into the infield as an unconventional fifth infielder because the Indians had men on first and third base with only one out, and it was a do-or-die situation. Asdrubal Cabrera swung at the first pitch, and the Jays pulled an easy double play to end the inning.

Read Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliot’s blurb about the interesting after-game clubhouse chat

The MVP of the game must be the bullpen though, as many baseball critics have already said that the Jays have one of the best in baseball this year.

“You’ve got to tip your hat to our bullpen, who went out there and gave us all those scoreless innings. They were unbelievable today”, catcher J.P. Arencibia said.

This game is a sign of more wonderful things to come for the Jays in 2012 !!

J.P. Arencibia tags out Shin-Soo Choo in the 3rd inning