The end of the DNJT Podcast (sort of)

Posted February 23, 2017 by The Hek
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I have decided to discontinue the DNJT podcast.

The last two years have been difficult following a bi-weekly production schedule during the MLB season. While I never missed a self-imposed deadline, there were a few close calls.

When I started DNJT, I only worked part-time. So there was plenty of time to work on the show. Over the years, the number of working hours from real-life jobs have increased, as have my adult responsibilities. I love making episodes about baseball and the Blue Jays, but it can never be at the top of my priority list.

It would be a grave error in judgement to put this podcast – which obviously never generated any revenue – ahead of earning a salary, paying bills and taking care of loved ones. Yes, it would be awesome if DNJT led to a relationship with Sportsnet or TSN. But I knew that was a billion-to-one long shot. So in the end, it is and continues to be a really fun hobby.

While the podcast in its current form is stopping, the website will continue. I intend on writing more and trying out a couple of things. I’ll also do an occasional podcast episode if an opportunity presents itself.

And now…time for some self-indulging:

It’s pleasing knowing I was able to produce five baseball seasons worth of episodes.

When DNJT premiered on April 5, 2012, the Jays’ starting rotation ultimately consisted of Rickey Romero, Brandon Morrow, Henderson Alvarez, Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison. The hot-button issue at the time was whether Eric Thames was a better option in left field than Travis Snider.

Since then, there have been blockbuster trades, the rise of Edwin Encarnacion’s stardom, exciting youngsters like Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, Josh Donaldson’s MVP performance, winning streaks, bat flips and two thrilling playoff runs after a 22-year hiatus.

So thank you to all those who appeared on the show and a huge THANK YOU to those who took time to listen to an episode, whether it was one or several.

Time to start a new chapter.

ER

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


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