28
NOV
2014

Melky to Jays: Grass on Field, or I Don’t Play Ball

    Hey, I got a joke for you. It’s about an artificial player who doesn’t want to play on artificial turf! You know, cuz Melky did steroids once and that makes you artificial, and turf is artificial… and…and… cheating! Amiright!? Lame. I read it in a comments section...
26
NOV
2014

So Complicated: My Encounter with Avril Lavigne

I mentioned in my latest Bleacher Report article that I’d met Avril Lavigne. It’s true, I did, and it was one of the most awkward, ridiculous, stereotypical celebrity encounters of my life. What happened was, I was with the Blue Jays in 2009, shagging balls in the outfield of the...
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...
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...
01
APR
2014

Sour Grapes

Yesterday I got called out by one of my former coworkers at Rogers for being/having  “sour grapes” because I spent most of opening day being snarky about the Toronto Blue Jays’ loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. This coworker hypothesized that my “new...
31
AUG
2013

No To Ro

Ricky Romero is a touchy subject. I’ve already written on him so much this season that I almost feel like I’m trolling by bringing him up again. But hey, it’s a topic the people like to hear about and far be it from me not to give the people what they want. As I’m inclined to do...
31
AUG
2013

Old Man Yells At Cloud: Tom Seaver & Survivorship Bias

I have a lot of time for Tom Seaver. He’s a stud, one of the best pitchers ever, and he sure as hell doesn’t need to listen to a guy with a career as short as mine to know it. Fortunately, I don’t need a long career to tell Seaver to pipe down with his “today’s pitchers are...