Signed in November 1794 and negotiated principally by future Supreme Court Chief Justice John Jay, the eponymous Jay Treaty temporarily averted war between the United States and Great Britain. It also split American politics so severely it led to the creation of an opposition political party (of which Barack Obama is now the figurehead) headed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, who were vocally pro-French and saw the treaty as a design by George Washington, John Adams and Alexander Hamilton to re-subjugate America under monarchical rule. Ultimately, the treaty expired in 10 years, and efforts — spearheaded by Jefferson, ironically — to renew it collapsed, leading to war in 1812.
What does this have to do with tonight's series-opening game between the first-place Red Sox and the refreshingly third-place Blue Jays? Well, nothing actually.
The Blue Jays enter the game having lost nine straight, the first three of which came against these very Red Sox. Tonight, Tim Wakefield takes the hill, and he's been alternating quality and non-quality starts for a month now. The good news is he's due for quality tonight. And unsurprisingly, Wake has received a decision in all but one of his starts thus far.
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