Retro Blue Jays – Baseball en Francais

Posted April 23, 2015 by The Hek
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Posted by Retro Quebec.

As a child, I can recall a time when Montreal Expo games would air on Radio-Canada (CBC’s French language service) almost every Saturday night during the summer. I always got a kick out of hearing the play-by-play crew emphasize certain players’ English-sounding names in the middle of their French sentences: “Voici Michael Barrett.”

French-language television and Quebec sports teams always went hand-in-hand. So imagine my surprise when I found out years later that Radio-Canada also aired Blue Jay games at one time.

These days, TVA Sports broadcasts a hand-full of games. But according to Wikipedia (and sadly, I wish I could have found a more credible source), French-language  broadcasts of Jays games also occurred from 1978 to 1980. The video clip featured in this post is proof.

It features an upbeat jazz tune and footage from a late-70s match between the Jays and Mariners at the Seattle Kingdome. My understanding of French is far from exceptional. However, I believe the promo is advertising an upcoming live broadcast of a game between the Jays and Brewers from Milwaukee, as part of the “Baseball 79″ schedule.

For an added bonus, here’s a promo for an upcoming 1977 Expos game. It features stock footage of games played at Jarry Park. Again, my fluency in French is poor. However, it appears the clip is promoting the first baseball game to be played at Olympic Stadium.

ER

Episode 46: Youngsters Becoming Young Stars

Posted April 16, 2015 by The Hek
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Early on, young players like Devon Travis, Miguel Castro and Roberto Osuna have made a positive impact on the field.

Can they keep it up?

Brendan Panikkar of BaseballHotCorner.com joins DNJT to discuss the rookies on the Blue Jays’ roster and also touches on the new security measures at Skydome.

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The view from my seat

The view from my seat

2015 Schedules and Rosters

Posted April 6, 2015 by The Hek
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Printable Schedule

Broadcast Schedule

Promotions Schedule

Active Roster

Coaching Staff

Episode 45: [Season Premiere] There were some changes

Posted April 2, 2015 by The Hek
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After an offseason that saw many familiar faces leave and new ones take their spots, the Blue Jays will begin their 39th season in just a few days.

Todd Devlin of the Canadian Baseball Network joins DNJT to preview the upcoming 2015 season.

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Time to get ready!

Time to get ready!

Retro Blue Jays – Montreal, 8mm Style

Posted March 26, 2015 by The Hek
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Posted by Jared Allen.

It’s fitting the Blue Jays will travel to Montreal next week for the final portion of the spring training schedule. Last year’s visit to the Olympic Stadium was a huge success.

Speaking of which…

2014 can’t be considered retro, but the technology used in this 27-minute clip certainly is.

The videographer recorded the March 28, 2014 pre-season contest between the Jays and the New York Mets at the Big O with an 8mm camera. The final product is a lovely combination of contemporary life with old school technology.

Mr. Allen had a perfect POV and captured so much; from travelling to the stadium to the Jays celebrating a walkoff victory. There’s a lot to take in, but it’s worth spending the time. There’s even a clip featuring everyone’s favourite mid-game activity, the wave [sarcasm].

I doubt 8mm cameras will make a comeback and become a trend, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt having more videos like this.

ER

 

Re. Marcus Stroman

Posted March 11, 2015 by The Hek
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I’m still in shock.

I don’t need to tell you how awful the news was. I don’t need to tell you about the ramifications. I don’t need to tell you how Stro’s injury affects everyone and everything.

So, there’s options: Norris, Sanchez, Estrada, Albers, Francis (eek), Santana (yikes).

I’d pick Norris and Sanchez for the final two spots. Good potential and looked good last season. I had Sanchez pegged for the bullpen; even got into a Twitter debate about that on Sunday. But things have changed and possibly, so has Sanchez’s role with the team.

Of course, there’s always the possibility of a trade. That would be helpful for Dioner Navarro. But I doubt a trade will take place.

So…take a deep breath. These are the cards that have been dealt to the Jays. Unfortunately, they will have to play without their most promising starter.

ER

DNJT Returns April 2nd

Posted March 3, 2015 by The Hek
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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!


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