DNJT Returns April 2nd

Posted March 3, 2015 by The Hek
Categories: Blue Jays

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Start spreading the news! Definitely Not JaysTalk will return for a fourth season on Thursday, April 2! I ‘m calling it the Alfredo Griffin/Manny Lee/Craig Grebeck/Kyle Drabek season.

The program will stay as is. You can expect the usual cast of characters and some new ones too. There will also be one subtle change:

Up till now, I’ve post-dated episodes for Thursdays at 12:01am. This season, I’m planning on releasing episodes on Thursdays at 7am. Figure it will be better from a traffic standpoint. So if you have enjoyed staying up late, waiting for a new episode after midnight, I’m sorry. But at least you can include a new episode as part of a healthy breakfast. And if you enjoy an unhealthy breakfast, you can still listen to the show.

Of course, there will be articles, Retro Blue Jays posts and poems between episodes. If you haven’t yet, make sure you also LIKE DNJT’s Facebook page. It will put a smile of my face :)

Grapefruit League action gets underway today as the Blue Jays take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in Dunedin. That puts a smile on my face as well. Enjoy the game!

ER

Play Ball!

Play Ball!

Retro Blue Jays – The Line Up

Posted February 14, 2015 by The Hek
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Posted by Liam Greenlaw / Snudge Bros.

The Blue Jays have produced many commercials over the years. Some were hits; others were misses.

And this one was definitely a miss.

Some marketing guru decided two annoying marionette puppets would be great spokespeople for the 2005 season. They always seemed to have nice things to say about the Jays. But they sure as hell couldn’t convince the casual fans to buy tickets.

In this promo, they feed interrogators questions for Corey Koskie, Roy Halladay and Orlando Hudson. We learn Koskie swings a mean bat, Doc can throw a “frequent flyer” and O-Dog has quick hands.

Ironically, those three players got hurt in 2005.

Corey Koskie – the big off-season signing that year – injured his hand sliding into second base in Minnesota. That spelled the end to his time in Toronto and ultimately led to Aaron Hill’s debut.

O-Dog – in front of my own eyes – pulled something while rounding the bases after hitting a homerun against Oakland. The trot turned into a walk around the bases, with George Poulis by his side.

Finally, Doc was looking like a strong candidate for another Cy Young. But then he took a Kevin Mench liner off his shin, causing a fracture and ruining everything. Doc and Mench ended up being teammates three years later.

ER

Grass in the concrete ballpark

Posted January 26, 2015 by The Hek
Categories: Baseball Poetry Project, Blue Jays

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Tell me
when grass in the ballpark became
such a hot topic
and when AstroTurf became an enemy of the fan base.

I remember
the lime green surface that expanded in the July heat
and produced the highest bounces.

It was present
when Bell dropped to his knees,
Candy booked the ticket to Atlanta,
and Joe sent the Phillies home.

And at some point,
the surface became a villain,
compared to a basketball court,
a deterrent for free agents.

So grass is the answer?
Snap the fingers and everything is fixed?

Grass has my support,
yet installation is tricky,
like a Koufax curveball.

So wait until 2018,
but don’t hold your breath.

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – Party in the streets…for the very first time

Posted January 8, 2015 by The Hek
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Posted by CatchTheTaste.

This coming season, the Blue Jays will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1985 team.

Yes, it will actually be 30 years since the Jays captured their first-ever AL East title and made their first-ever playoff appearance in club history.

In honour of this occasion, here’s the opening to CTV’s national newscast from October 5, 1985 – the day the Jays clinched the division. Not surprisingly, they’re the lead story.

As you’ll see (or have seen), there is no footage from the actual game. It’s just fans celebrating on downtown streets; celebrating a major baseball victory for the very first time.

Best part of the clip: That stellar Blue Jays cap umbrella. Jays Shop needs to get some of those on the shelves.

ER

Padre Morrow

Posted December 19, 2014 by The Hek
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Upon learning that Brandon Morrow signed with the San Diego Padres, a feeling of sadness swept over me.

Not too long ago, Morrow was expected to be the ace of the rotation. It seemed that prophecy would come true, as long as he stayed healthy.

And there’s the keyword: Healthy.

When Morrow was healthy, he was phenomenal. But when he was playing hurt or spending time on the DL, he was ineffective. This ineffectiveness is what ultimately disqualified him from the long-term plan.

My mind has stored a few Morrow memories. Of course, there’s the near no-hitter he tossed in 2010. But the majority of fond recollections come from the early months of the 2012 season.

Morrow was outstanding. It seemed like he finally found that perfect balance between velocity and accuracy.

I remember watching him dominate Seattle one April afternoon. From my perch in the 500s, I watched textbook off speed pitches that left the Mariners dumbfounded. If Morrow was a painter, then that game was a masterpiece.

He had a bright future, but it all came crashing down just a few months later.

It was June, 2012. Morrow was on the mound as the Jays began a three-game series against Washington. In the very first inning, he tore his oblique and was removed from the game.

That one single moment changed everything. He was never the same after that injury.

Foolishly, I wonder what would happen if I built a time machine, flew back to June 2012 and changed the – as Wilner calls it – space/time continuum. That means finding a way for Morrow not to get injured. Maybe things would’ve been different.

But that’s just crazy talk; and I apologize for that.

I do wish Brandon all the best in San Diego. Perhaps pitching in the National League is the missing piece of his MLB puzzle. And I hope he starts too.

It’s just a shame his time in Toronto had to end this way.

ER
 
 

Stay classy in San Diego, Brandon.(Photo: BlueJays.com)

Stay classy in San Diego, Brandon.(Photo: BlueJays.com)


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