Great. Just what the Blue Jays’ online community needs: Another article about the wave

Posted May 22, 2017 by The Hek
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I have never had any interest in posting an article about the wave. It was always a topic I would file under “much ado about nothing;” a label that also went to items such as the types of beer being offered at Skydome and the debatable quality of Buck Martinez. In fact, the only time DNJT has done anything related to the great wave debate was an early 2012 podcast episode.

Nevertheless, it does seem like it’s a prerequisite for Blue Jay bloggers and writers to post something about the wave. So in the case of DNJT, the cliché of “better late than never” applies.

Over the past years, there have been passionate statements about the wave. Examples can be found here, here and here.

I am neither pro-wave or anti-wave. There’s a time and place for it; and being at a baseball game should be a fun experience. It doesn’t usually bother me. 

But at a recent match I attended, I made an exception.

It was Friday, April 28. Despite leading 3-1 at one point, the Blue Jays wound up losing 7-4 to Tampa Bay, thanks to an ugly bullpen implosion.

For those who were unaware, it also happened to be “Drunk Idiot Night” at the ballpark. Anyone who pre-drank and showed up tanked was apparently given a ticket in the section my buddy and I were sitting in.

In all seriousness, it was some company’s staff social. Not the worst I’ve witnessed in 20+ years of going to games, but one can never expect proper baseball viewing etiquette to be followed.

Of course, there was the alpha male of the group, who felt it was necessary to scream about everything.

“Where’s my beer?!!!”
“I’m getting some food!!!!”
“You kids are the future!!!!”

If that wasn’t enough, he also turned out to be that fan who shouts at players, not to encourage them, but rather to put attention on him. Not​ surprisingly, he also left before the match ended.

Sure enough, several attempts were also made to get a wave going from my section. Alpha male led the way.

The worst attempt involved a inebriated spectator sitting right behind me. 

To set the scene, I was sitting in a double digit row. This spectator already had a few failed attempts under their hat. Then there was tap on my shoulder.

Spectator: “Hey. We’re doing the wave. You need to tell the people in front of you.”
Me: “You’re doing it wrong. If you want to start a wave, you need to go down to the first row, so everyone can see you. You might want to count down from five instead of 1-2-3.”
Spectator: “No! We are doing it here and you need to tell the people in front of you. Look! They’re on their phones!”
Me: “Don’t worry about about them. You just start and we’ll help.”
Spectator: “1-2-3…”

Yes, it was that kind of ridiculous; and suddenly, I was hating the wave for the very first time.

I hated the countdowns. I hated the visual that always captivated me. I hated the “woooo.” I hated that I still participated, albeit with very little enthusiasm. I hated that alpha male was relentless with his pursuit of getting the wave going. The guy actually went up to a nearby usher and demanded that this usher somehow communicate to the fans sitting below to help alpha male with his next attempt. Clearly, it just wasn’t enough for alpha male to be loud, obnoxious, drunk and the life of the pathetic-ass party.

Maybe this is about more than just the wave. Maybe this is really about my personality. Maybe I was letting the results on the field affect my mood and reaction to the activity in my section. After all, the bombs hit by Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison and Derek Norris that night left me feeling dejected and numb.

The great wave debate could last until this planet is sucked into a black hole. Fans can cry and moan as long as they want. The wave is not going anywhere. Fans will do it when a match is out of reach and some will do it at pivotal moments. For the record, I prefer the former over the ladder.

It’s pointless and selfish of me to give instructions about how and when to do the wave. Human beings are going to be human beings. So instead, I’ll leave this word of advice:

If you’re going to do the wave, do it right.

ER


Re. Kevin Pillar’s actions last night

Posted May 18, 2017 by The Hek
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Obviously, I don’t know Kevin Pillar personally. But from what I’ve seen and heard, he’s a good person who carries himself well. Sadly, he did something last night that was very stupid and disappointing. 

He needs to be held accountable for his actions. The consequence should be a suspension and fine. I understand how it was “the heat of the moment” and frustration. We – as human beings – know what that feels like. Nevertheless, that is no excuse for a homophobic slur. 

In the meantime, Pillar has issued an apology; so has the team. It is a good step forward. 

What happened last night was regrettable. Fortunately, Pillar has acknowledged his error and owned up to it. I am sure he will accept a suspension, take any sensitive training that’s offered and make amends through charitable and community service endeavours. 

I am still glad he plays for the Blue Jays and hope the success he’s had continues. I also hope Pillar will learn from his poor decision and build from it in a positive manner. 

ER

The Center Fielder’s performance thus far

Posted May 15, 2017 by The Hek
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I really like this
new and augmented version
of Kevin Pillar

ER

Understanding the Blue Jays’ poor April performance with a little helping of fake news and alternative facts

Posted May 1, 2017 by The Hek
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Things ended nicely with two wins and a series victory over Tampa Bay. However, nothing can eclipse the ugly performance the Blue Jays gave in April. So pardon me as I take a page out of the Trump administration’s playbook:

The offence did not struggle. They simply conserved thier power and talent, allowing the confidence of the opposing pitchers to remain intact. 

The bullpen did not have moments of implosion. They simply wanted to remind the world about the importance of being charitable. That deserves a Nobel Peace Prize. 

Yes, several players are currently on the DL. But this allows the Jays’ training staff to find groundbreaking ways of aiding the recovery process. 

Of course, here’s what really happened: 

Here’s hoping for a better result in May. 

ER

Short, scribbled thoughts about the fugly start to the regular season

Posted April 17, 2017 by The Hek
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Wish I could tell you it will get better. But the truth is I can’t. There are few guarantees in baseball, so I can only hope for the best and be positive.

The Blue Jays will either figure it out or they won’t.

You can push as many panic buttons as possible. You can demand they fire Gibby. You can beg for Rowdy Tellez to be called up. You can curse Mark Shapiro and Russ Atkins for all entirety. You can refuse to purchase tickets. Just understand one thing: We have no control over the fate of the team. Like it or not, we have to let the process work itself out and show some – here’s a word you might not like – patience.

Gregg Zaun sometimes criticizes certain fans for wanting instant gratification. It’s a theory I subscribe to as well. We live in a society that values anything quick and aggressive, while discarding items that are slow and can’t instantly capture attention. Baseball clashes with this kind of society; in the game itself and with the length of the season. The adage of the regular season being a marathon and not a sprint certainly applies to the Jays’ situation.

The consensus couldn’t be clearer: There’s nothing fun about how this season has gone so far, especially after Sunday’s 11-4 dumpster fire loss to Baltimore. Greater concern is Aaron Sanchez’s blister problem and J.A. Happ’s elbow; issues that are incredibly alarming. Can’t forget the nightmarish offensive production either. So as much as it sucks – and it really does suck – there is nothing we can do, but to simply let things breathe. It might be painful, but it’s the right course of action.

If that won’t work for you, consider this: If the worst thing in your life is a 2-10 baseball team, then you have a pretty good life.

ER


Retro Blue Jays – Days of the Telemedia Sports Network

Posted April 13, 2017 by The Hek
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Posted by Catch The Taste.

​It’s scary to think how the majority of mainstream Blue Jays content is from one specific channel, streamlined for various forms of consumption. I could get upset about it, but it isn’t the worst thing in the world.

However, there are times when I yearn for the past when the stadium, the team and the broadcast rights were owned and operated by separate parties.

So it brought a smile to my face when I found this old radio intro on YouTube.

At the time – and up until the end of the 1997 season – the radio rights were owned by Telemedia. CJCL 1430 – known today as Sportsnet 590 –  was the flagship station.

Having listened to more games on the radio than watching them on television, the best part of the clip is the theme song. It’s simple, bubbly and has a strong 80s influence. If you were a young Blue Jay fan of the late 80s and early 90s, the tune should be an instant flashback to a simpler, yet exciting time. In addition, it’s much better than the heavy, “armageddon-ish” anthem Sportsnet has churned out over the last few seasons on the TV and radio broadcasts.

Also enjoyable was hearing the late Tom Cheek reading out the sponsors, followed by Jerry Howarth setting the scene.

ER

Obligatory Opening Day Post

Posted April 3, 2017 by The Hek
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Doesn’t it feel like eons since Tulo fouled out to end the ALCS? 

Opening Day is a nice combination of excitement and uncertainty. All the teams are at the same starting point; and despite all the number crunching and prognosticating, nothing is 100% guaranteed. 

As the Blue Jays begin thier 41st season in Baltimore this afternoon, here are some friendly reminders. Most of them will be ignored, but – what the hell – I feel like wearing rose coloured glasses today. 

  • The regular season is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • The regular season is full of peaks and valleys.
  • “Panic buttons” are useless; so is jumping to conclusions.
  • Ryan Goins is the 25th player on the 25-man roster.
  • Justin Smaok deserves a fair shot. He’s not trying to go 0-for-4 on purpose. In other words, let things breathe. 
  • Everyone is entitled to an opinion, regardless of whether you agree or not.
  • Constructive criticism is far greater than villianization. 
  • Trolls just want to get a rise out of you; and I don’t mean #LetsRise 😉
  • Most importantly, savour every pitch, every at-bat and every moment. Sometimes, we fixate so much on stats/standings and miss the beauty of sitting inside Skydome on a goregous Friday night in July.

Enjoy today’s game and the remaining 161.

ER


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