Short, scribbled postmortem thoughts

Posted October 20, 2016 by The Hek
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When AA left, some expected the worst.

When Shapiro and Atkins took over, some expected the worst.

When David Price signed with Boston, some expected the worst.

When JA Happ resigned with the Jays, some expected the worst.

When the season got off to a bad start, some expected the worst.

When the Jays had a bad September, some expected the worst.

All these “issues” were suppose to undermine the Blue Jays’ success, making 2015 a one-hit wonder. Despite all these “issues,” they still managed to have a winning record, make the playoffs and provide another thrilling October.

So…is it April yet?


Playoff Edition 6 (aka Episode 77)

Posted October 16, 2016 by The Hek
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After a thrilling ALDS sweep of the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays find themselves down 2-0 to the Cleveland Indians.

Jenn Smith of BP Toronto and Today’s Knuckleball discusses the first two games of the American League Championship Series.

Episode 77 Direct MP3 Download


Ground ball to short

Posted October 13, 2016 by The Hek
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Donaldson dives home
and in a sudden moment
the nation erupted


Playoff Edition 5 (aka Episode 76)

Posted October 8, 2016 by The Hek
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The Blue Jays are one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series. Victory on Sunday would cap a very exciting week.

Rick Dacosta of looks back at the Wild Card match and the first two games of the ALDS.

Episode 76 Direct MP3 Download


3 Gentle Suggestions About Tonight’s Wild Card Match

Posted October 4, 2016 by The Hek
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Happy Wild Card Tuesday! Apparently, it’s also appropriate to say…Happy “Almost everyone is pissed that Gibby chose Stro” Day! 

It’s fitting that during the 40th anniversary season, the Blue Jays participate in a historical first for the team. They’ve never held the title of Wild Card Winner, let alone compete for it in a do-or-die playoff match. 

So as first pitch approaches, here are three gentle suggestions to consider.

1) One of the best aspects about the playoffs is that everything is reset. Right now, the Jays and Orioles are on an even playing field. So forget everything that has happened up to this point. It’s winner-take-all and that means anything can happen. 

2) The worst thing the Jays can do is focus on the ALDS before earning the right to reach that level. Same goes for the fans. Tonight is about winning one game and one game only. Put all of your energy and interest into this evening’s match and deal with the future…in the future. 

3) Savour the moment! Far too many Blue Jay fans fixate only on the negative. There’s so much more to baseball than just wins and losses. It’s the playoffs and it’s exciting! Don’t worry about anything else and focus on the drama and the possible reward. In other words, just enjoy the game.


Episode 75: Just a few games left

Posted September 29, 2016 by The Hek
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It has been an emotional week for those who play, cover and follow baseball.

The sudden and tragic death of Jose Fernandez was a harsh reminder that there are more important things than chasing a playoff spot.

Brendan Panikkar of discusses the legacy of the late Miami Marlins pitcher, as well as the Blue Jays’ march towards the postseason.

Episode 75 Direct MP3 Download


Short, scribbled thoughts on 20 wins

Posted September 25, 2016 by The Hek
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Jack Morris, Pat Hentgen, Roger Clemens, David Wells, Roy Halladay, J.A. Happ.

Six starters who reached the 20-win mark while wearing a Blue Jays uniform. Six starters over 40 seasons. Some won 20+ games more than once; three capturing Cy Young awards for their efforts. 

Oddly enough, I have no recollection of David Wells winning 20 games in 2000. I remember him having a great first half. I remember him starting for the American League at the All-Star game. Yet I don’t remember him actually winning 20 games. I vividly remember the other five reaching that mark, but not Boomer for some reason. 

And sure, pitching wins aren’t in vogue as they use to be. Still, 20 wins are an accomplishment not to be ignored. It says something about how effective the starter and his teammates are; maybe not as thorough as other traditional stats and sabermetrics, but it still gets the message across. 

So congrats to Mr. Happ! Not bad for a guy fans weren’t too thrilled about just a few months ago 😉

[Full disclosure: I liked the signing, but wasn’t crazy about the contract and its monetary value.]


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