13
AUG
2015

Cowardice is Good For Business

Sonny Gray’s back wasn’t up for a day game against the Jays today. It was having spasms, and subsequently got Gray scratched from the contest. Of course, as soon as that happened, the internet caught fire with speculation over whether Sonny Gray’s back was actually spasming, or...
12
AUG
2015

To Stroman, or Not to Stroman

Marcus Stroman is a beast. Well, okay, maybe he’s not a beast, beast. Not like Hallday was a beast or Donaldson is a beast. He’s a young beast. A mini-beast. The man who would be beast… Okay, okay, he’s got a lot of beast potential. I like Stroman. Hell, everyone one likes...
12
AUG
2015

There is No Player, Only Zuul

During a radio interview with TSN today, the question of religion in the locker room was brought up. The impetus: something to do with Roberto Osuna having strength in Christ, which is why he’s either successful, or doing his best, or focusing… or something. Whatever it was, it...
11
AUG
2015

The Five Steps

What do players play for? A great question, and, depending on when you ask a player during his career, it can be answered in many different ways…. I remember my first and only Spring training with the Rays. I got a big league camp invite, which meant I got treated like a...
10
AUG
2015

Something to Believe in

Ever wonder what the difference, psychologically speaking, is between a team that is winning and a team that is losing? Simply put, it’s belief. It used to be that I didn’t like that answer. Belief, meh, it feels like you’re saying if we join hands and chant around a...
17
JUN
2015

Crime and Punishment

If you get caught stealing signs in baseball—the original baseball data theft—your baseball punishment is a fastball to the ribcage. If you steal second base when your team is up ten runs, you also get a fastball to the ribcage. If you steal another player’s roster spot by taking...
11
JUN
2015

The Road Ahead

Recently someone from my hometown got drafted and a slew of people—many i’ve not talked to in decades—came out of the woodwork, asking if I’d talk to the young man about what to expect on the professional journey. Short answer: Bad locker rooms, peanut butter and jelly, and hard,...
19
MAY
2015

Fire Away

Firing John Gibbons will most likely change nothing for the Blue Jays. If you don’t already know this simple truth, then you are probably one of the fans out there who wants to be mad at something and you don’t really care what that something is. Yet, even if John Gibbons gets...
01
MAR
2015

Chasing The Sun

Shots of temples, beaches, and a lot of beautiful people.
01
MAR
2015

The Flower Market

Day one in India, over. Travel time to get here was about 36 hours in total with flight, layovers, and standing in lines factored in. I’m still jet-lagged, but here is what I can tell you from my short time in country: First, in India, size does matter. I mean that in terms...