Five haikus to celebrate the start of Spring Training

Posted February 13, 2017 by The Hek
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To those playing in
the World Baseball Classic:
Please do not get hurt

Joe Biagini
will be considered for a
future starting job

Are we taking bets
on who will start in leftfield
and two relief spots?

Angry Bautista
handled appropriately
can lead to great things

Salty is my pick
to backup Russell Martin.
He’s experienced

ER

Retro Blue Jays – Lyle Overbay ruins a wedding

Posted February 2, 2017 by The Hek
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Posted by Jackie Shotwell.

Lyle Overbay turned the big 4-0 recently. In honour of this milestone, let’s take a moment and remember the former first baseman’s epic catch during a bridal bouquet toss. 

In all seriousness, this is my favourite commercial featuring a Blue Jay. 

ER

Short, scribbled thoughts about the red uniforms

Posted January 26, 2017 by The Hek
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It’s been a week and I’m still conflicted.

Red uniforms on Canada Day? Absolutely! Red uniforms on Baseball Canada Day? Absolutely! Red uniforms at every Sunday home game and – according to Sportsnet – some additional home games in July? Well…um…I don’t know.

I completely understand the reason: It’s our nation’s 150th birthday and the Jays have united Canadians. Having “Canada’s Team” wear red is a terrfic way to celebrate the sesquicentennial.

But a predominantly red uniform has always felt…unnatural.

It would be like the Boston RED Sox or Cincinnati REDS occassionally wearing a uniform that was predominantly blue.

Special occasions are one thing, but a continuous appearance? The Jays didn’t wear any special uniforms for the 125th anniversary of confederation. Perhaps a Canada 150 patch on the jerseys would have been sufficient.

Of course, I’m probably over-thinking this whole thing. Besides, new uniforms are an easy way for teams to make a little extra money.

And from a subtextual point-of-view, that’s likely what this is really about.

ER


Pending a physical…

Posted January 17, 2017 by The Hek
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Blue Jay fans rejoice.
Bautista is coming back.
More bats shall be flipped.

ER

So I intended to write a well thought-out piece about Edwin Encarnacion signing with Cleveland…

Posted December 31, 2016 by The Hek
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…but then life got in the way. So I’ll just say this:

Truth is we’ll never know what happened during negotiations. All we have is speculation. I also can’t take anything the Jays and Paul Kinzer have said at face value. 

Looking back, I wish Mark Shapiro and Russ Atkins were a little more patient and showed leanency. This wasn’t a subpar player; this was an integral part of the Jays’ lineup. They owed it to Edwin to not rush him and just caught things off. Yes, this is the business part of baseball, but the situation warranted a little flexibility.

In turn, I wish Kinzer focused more on his client’s needs than manipulating the process through the media. Did he honestly think stiring the emotions of the fan base would influence Shapiro and Atkins? He portrayed Edwin as a figure devastated by the fact he wasn’t coming back to Toronto. If the Jays weren’t part of the equation, then the Earth would be scorched. 

But again, it’s all based on speculation.

Now we have to move on and get use to Edwin playing for the Tribe. It is my hope that when we look back at Edwin’s illustrious time in Toronto, we fondly remember the great moments on the field and view his departure as a minor footnote.

May the parrot walk on forever. 

ER

Free Agency Haiku

Posted December 15, 2016 by The Hek
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Encarnacion
patiently sits by the phone
and waits for a deal

ER

Retro Blue Jays – So the Prime Minister and President walk into Skydome…

Posted November 30, 2016 by The Hek
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Posted by MLB.

This year not only marked the 40th anniversary season of Blue Jays baseball, but also the 25th anniversary of Toronto hosting the MLB All-Star Game.

1991 – What a time to be a Jays fan!

Brand new state-of-the-art stadium, a team on the verge of reaching the highest pinnacle; and to top it off, hosting the event affectionately referred to as the “mid-summmer classic.”

The ’91 all-star game not only brought out baseball’s best players and some legendary hall of famers, but also two of the most powerful political leaders at the time.

The match was attended by then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and then-President George H.W. Bush. Of course, it wasn’t the first time Mulroney and Bush were at a Jays game. Nevertheless, their attendance was always a big deal.

So it shouldn’t have been surprising when the two world leaders appeared together for a mid-game interview. Not the smoothest of coversations and a bit one-sided towards the fomer President, but still very cool to see.

ER


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