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...
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...
08
OCT
2014

The Anybody Betters

Poor Clayton Kershaw. Seriously, I feel for the guy. I feel for all truly great players that become victims to the what have you done for me lately part of baseball. Yesterday, on short rest, Kershaw took on a team that, for the most part, has not been very compliant with his...
29
JUL
2014

50 Shades Of Emerald

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic language. Manhood. It’s a competition. Has been since the first grunting, snorting, finger-sniffing Neanderthal scratched out whatever he felt defined it on the wall of his cave. Battle, power, money, looks — they all...
24
APR
2014

Pineda’s Neck

What’s wrong with the following statements about cheating? “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned to steroids to put me over the top.” “I needed something to give me an edge so I could perform at the highest level, so I turned...
12
APR
2014

Jack of All

People just don’t do one thing anymore, have you noticed that? The days of working at one place until the powers that be hand you a gold watch and send you into the fog are gone. At least that’s the way it feels. In my short 33 years I’ve been an instructor,...