And now, my obligatory prediction/guess for the 2017 World Baseball Classic final between the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico

Posted March 22, 2017 by The Hek
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It shall be a day of GLORIOUS triumph for the American squad. 

ER
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WBC predictions (which are really just guesses) and five things I’ve loved about this year’s tournament

Posted March 20, 2017 by The Hek
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So I’m thinking…

Puerto Rico over Netherlands
USA over Japan

I’m likely wrong about the American/Japanese match. But it is a one-game playoff where anything can happen. Sounds enticing to me. 

And now, five things:

  1. The passion of the Latin American players. Modesty be damned.
  2. Team Israel​’s exciting run. Did not see that one coming!
  3. Jose Bautista’s throw from LF in the DR/Colombia match and the crazy aftermath. Not the first time Joey Bats sent a stadium full of people into bedlam. The only thing missing was commentary from Jim Ross.
  4. Eric Gagne’s 2.1 scoreless innings. The only good thing that came out of Canada’s “performance.”
  5. Adam Jones’ catch and Giancarlo Stanton’s homer. Mercy!

Also giving an honourable mention to Marcus Stroman for his outstanding outing in the first DR/USA match. 

Enjoy the semifinals!

ER


Obligatory post about the 2017 World Baseball Classic

Posted March 5, 2017 by The Hek
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I quite enjoy the World Baseball Classic. I’ve never been a fan of when the tournament occurs; but to be fair, there really isn’t a perfect time to run it.

There are a few random moments that stick in my mind from the previous WBC tourneys.

2006: Watching Canada on their way to upsetting the USA from Carleton University’s Res Commons cafeteria.

2009: Canada and the USA, this time at Skydome. I was sitting on a stationary bike, in the middle of my cardio (yeah, I work out) as Russell Martin crushes a homerun.

2013: Canada and Mexico drop the gloves. Also…After the Dominican Republic captured the 2013 title, the runners up – Puerto Rico – embraced and shook hands with the victors. Forgive the cheesiness, but it was a beautiful sight. And if memory serves, Mike Aviles initiated the moment.

This year, I’m supporting two countries: Canada and Israel. Subjectively, I hope both nations go far. Objectively, moving on to the second round will be a monumental task for both squads. I’m also excited about the Dominican Republic and the States.

The Canadians are an eclectic bunch. There’s Freddie Freeman and his deep personal connection with our country. There’s Eric Gagne and Ryan Dempster, who couldn’t ignore the thrill of national pride and competition. Dalton Pompey has been presented with a great opportunity and it’ll be great to see Scott Richmond again.

A part of me is also worried about the well-being of the players. What if [insert Blue Jay participating in the WBC] gets hurt? Fortunately, I can take solace knowing every fan for every MLB team likely has the same fear…..right?

ER

Commissioner! Commissioner! I know a great way to speed up the game!Β 

Posted February 26, 2017 by The Hek
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Here’s what you do:

Rather than watching a game live, record it on your PVR. The next day, watch the recording and press the fast forward button.

Presto!

Nine innings or more in one hour or less.

Thank me later.

ER πŸ˜‰

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


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