25
NOV
2014

Jaso, Zobrist, Baptisms and Blue Jays.

John Jaso. I was at his baptism. True story. But first, a true side story. The baptism happened in spring training at the Zobrist mansion. I say mansion jokingly because it was a rented house on a private golf course with a pool and a view of a tidal river. The place was 5 times...
24
NOV
2014

How to Enjoy Neil Allen

Hello Twins fans. You don’t know this, but I’ve always liked you. Well, at least the concept on you. Love your team, your town, and your State. Lakes… I mean, who doesn’t love lakes? Now you have one more reason for me to love you = Neil Allen. I played for Neil back in...
23
NOV
2014

Defending Dickey | Muting Howarth

Phew! There is a lot of commentary about RA Dickey getting traction on the interwebs these days. Let’s filter some of it, shall we? Going in, please understand that all post-season commentary does not necessarily find it’s exegesis in the rumor factory that is big baseball, or...
22
NOV
2014

Nick Tesla, Intergalactic Bounty Hunter

The hall door is kicked open with such force that the elderly humanoid male parked at his walker is slammed across the faded linoleum floor, into a gaggle of decrepit, blue feathered owl-women. The women squawk and flap in outrage, until they see the one who did the kicking...
21
NOV
2014

Navarro, Thole, Martin and The New Drama

So, yeah, Russell Martin says he can, or at least would like to try to catch RA Dickey. And he says it because he caught knuckle baller Charlie Haeger back in LA. This echoes a similar sentiment once heard from a former Jay catcher—and forgive me for the sacrilege of putting...
20
NOV
2014

Panda, Bull, Blue Jay

Lets talk about Pandas. Kung Fu Pandas. Kung Fu Pandas not voiced by Jack Black… That leaves—unless there is some obscure 80’s show out there about this same subject, which, frankly, at this point I would not be surprised—Pablo Sandoval. Why does he make sense for the Jays? 1)...
19
NOV
2014

Thoughts on Martin & The Jays

1) He’s okay with not playing short-stop, which I hear is a thing. 2) Martin is great defensive catcher and works well with a younger pitching staff. Whether this is a function of narrative (young pitchers like those in the Pirates organization have good enough stuff that...
17
NOV
2014

K&S – Hair Twirling Nightmare

Kicking and Screaming: Tales from my losing battle with Fatherhood.  K&S Pt 3   I haven’t been completely honest with you. No, not about not wanting kids. That I’ve been completely honest with you about. I don’t want kids with the same intensity that a soldier in a...
16
NOV
2014

The Bright and Terrifying Future

Saturday night. I’m sucking down a beer, my first and only of the evening, a treat for surviving another Saturday in the EMBA grinder. I tweeted about class, live in class. First time I’ve done that since starting the program. I know, I know, what a waste of my education. But our...
14
NOV
2014

Pace of Game… Or Lack Thereof

The following is form an article I wrote for Bleacher Report:  Fact: Baseball players are natural whiners. I know this, of course, because I’m a whiner myself, and baseball was a perfect fit for me. Seriously, think about how much whining we do in the modern game and how...