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)...
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...
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...
15
JUL
2013

Go [Expletive Deleted] Yourself, All-Star Game.

In 2008, I made the triple-A all-star team. I say made, but I was really asked to fill in for another guy who actually did make the team but was called up to the big leagues and therefore couldn’t attend. I didn’t want to go. I was given the usual shtick: it was a great...
10
JUN
2013

Altruisms VS Compounding Interest

Let’s be honest folks, this whole concept that crime doesn’t pay when it comes to using performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, it’s a load of crap. Crime sure does pay. If it didn’t, players would be less inclined to commit it. When there are hundreds of millions of dollars at...
01
JUN
2013

RA Dickey VS Chaos Theory

Believe me, no one is more tired of hearing RA Dickey say he’s still trying to figure out his knuckleball than me. The whole, “it’s a process”, “it’s a journey”, “the knuckleball is a capricious animal”, shtick—I’m over it. At some point this has to stop being a...