Retro Blue Jays – A curveball for the senses

Posted August 25, 2016 by The Hek
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Last week, Tom Ford Cologne was all the rage!

The product – worn by Josh Donaldson – helped defused tension after Donaldson and John Gibbons verbally sparred during a match against the Yankees.

All the fodder that followed reminded me of a previous time the Jays dabbled in the world of fragrance.

Remember CHACIN Cologne?

The Blue Jay Hunter provides a terrific account of this famous giveaway. Essentially, two Toronto-area radio hosts joked how pitcher Gustavo Chacin’s last name sounded like a brand of cologne. Sure enough, a product was created with help from the left-hander and small vials of it were given out to fans attending the game on June 27, 2006.

Remarkably, the whole Chacin Cologne episode went viral at a time when social media wasn’t as extensive as it is today. Just imagine if it had occurred in 2016!

ER

 

 

 

Episode 72: Crunch Time

Posted August 18, 2016 by The Hek
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August has been a busy month for the Blue Jays.

April Whitzman shares her thoughts on several topics surrounding the team.

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Getting ready for the final….stretch.

Retro Blue Jays – No Beer at The Ballpark

Posted August 11, 2016 by The Hek
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Posted by CBC Digital Archives.

In 20-plus years of attending Blue Jay games, I can probably count the number of times I’ve had a beer on one hand. Of those times, only twice have I actually purchased an alcoholic beverage.

I like beer and I have no problem with anyone who purchases alcohol at sporting events; but personally, I can do without it. The lineups are way too long, the prices are way too high and far too many people drink excessively, ruining the fun for passionate fans. It continues to be an issue, especially since the Jays have become popular again with casual fans. Let’s not forget all the idiots that chucked beer cans on the field during game five of the ALDS; not to mention the dozens of fans who likely pre-drink before arriving to the game. There’s even been a few times when the stadium has had its liquor licence temporarily suspended.

Things were quite different during the Jays’ infancy. From 1977-1982, fans were unable to purchase alcohol at Exhibition Stadium. Just imagine that for a moment: No Labatt Blue, no taps or cans being cracked open, nobody shouting “Ice cold beer!”

That all changed midway through the ’82 season and understandably, it was newsworthy. Here’s a link to a news clip from the first game where beer was available for purchase.

[Just a link, I’m afraid. The embedded code offered by CBC Digital Archives either doesn’t work or doesn’t get along with WordPress.] 

ER

Episode 71: 30 Ballparks in 33 Days

Posted August 4, 2016 by The Hek
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In honour of his 40th birthday, Edmonton’s Garnet Miller is visiting every MLB stadium and chronicling his travels.

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Garnet Miller – @cdn_bakon

Short, scribbled thoughts on the non-waiver trade deadline deals 

Posted August 2, 2016 by The Hek
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Honestly, I have no time to post an in-depth analysis of the three trades. If you want something thoroughly researched and presented, go somewhere else. Seriously, I won’t hold it against you. 

Anyway…

Hutch: Sorry to see Drew go. The potential is still there, but he has struggled with his consistently. We have seen him at his best and also witnessed him at his worst. Hopefully, a change of scenery and the chance to work with Pittsburgh pitching coach Ray Searage  will set him on the right path. 

Jesse Chavez: Started well, but has struggled of late. It’s funny. There were some who suggested back in April/May that Chavez get a chance to start. Seems those same people were now begging the Blue Jays to get rid of him. 

Scott Feldman: Good numbers this season. According to Baseball-Reference, he has a 2.90 ERA in 26 games thus far. As long as he holds the fort, I’m happy. 

Mike Bolsinger: Good 2015 numbers. From all the hot takes out there, looks like he’s the “sixth starter” if needed. 

Francisco Liriano: I certainly like this acquisition, but also concerned. He has not pitched well this season. Baseball-Reference shows a current ERA of 5.46, as well as a 4.40 ERA in seven American League seasons. But as BP Toronto’s Matt Gwin pointed out, Liriano has put up some productive results when pitching to Russell Martin. Here’s hoping that will continue. Of course, this also means Aaron Sanchez is about to move to the bullpen. Personally, I prefer/want Sanchez in the rotation. However, it feels like the Jays had never intended to change their original plan for Sanchez. 

ER


Short, scribbled thoughts on Melvin Upton Jr. and Joaquin Benoit

Posted July 27, 2016 by The Hek
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Originally, this post was solely about Melvin Upton Jr. 

I intended to say that while Upton is certainly helpful, he doesn’t solve their main concerns.

But then, Joaquin Benoit was picked up in exchange for Drew Storen and…well…everything got scrapped.

Anyway…

I understand why Upton was acquired. I realize what his role will likely be this season and next. I have no problem with the trade. 

Benoit’s ERA is concerning, but he’s put up good numbers since 2010. Perhaps a change of scenery will be beneficial. 

These trades are a good start, but they are not magical cures. Rest assured, Mr. Shapiro and Mr. Atkins are (hopefully) not finished. 

ER 

Episode 70: Bagged Milk and Contract Extensions

Posted July 21, 2016 by The Hek
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J.A. Happ opens up, Justin Smoak’s new contract has fans scratching their heads and the rotation has much to debate about.

Ian Hunter – aka The Blue Jay Hunter – stops by to discuss these things and more.

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