Archive for May 2014

Retro Blue Jays – Anne Murray performs at Skydome

May 29, 2014

Posted by YouTube user “packrat79”

Next week will mark the 25th anniversary of the Blue Jays playing their first game at Skydome. The next episode of DNJT (June 5) will celebrate this milestone.

In the meantime, here’s Anne Murray singing the anthems at that first-ever game, which ended in a 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Fergie Olver, BJ Birdy and Ernie Whitt also make small cameos.

Anne Murray has a significant role in the team’s history.  In addition to Skydome’s first game, she also sang O Canada at the first-ever regular season game (a snowy April 7, 1977) and game three of the 1992 World Series – the first World Series game to occur outside the United States.

Episode 34: Buehrle-esque

May 22, 2014

Joanna Cornish of shares her thoughts on Mark Buehrle’s great start to the season, who will replace Dustin McGowan in the starting rotation, Casey Janssen’s return from the DL, Brett Lawrie playing second base and Steve Tolleson’s recent pitching performance.

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Episode 33: A Nation of Frustration

May 8, 2014

The North Side of The Diamond‘s Rob Hill chats about his recent article: Why this year was the best shot for the Blue Jays…& how they blew it

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Retro Blue Jays – The First Bautista Bomb

May 1, 2014

Posted by MLB’s YouTube page

The Blue Jays will travel to Pittsburgh for a three-game series this weekend. Two years ago, I visited PNC Park and it took my breath away. It is a gorgeous stadium. If you’re planning a baseball road trip, make sure you include a Pirates game.

Before being traded to the Jays in 2008, Jose Bautista spent the majority of his major league career with the Pirates. He made his MLB debut in 2004, but it wasn’t until 2006 that he hit his first big-league homerun.

The first-ever “Bautista Bomb” occurred on May 13, 2006. According to, Joey Bats batted in the leadoff spot and played third for Pittsburgh. In the third inning, he hit a 2-run shot off of Florida Marlins starter Scott Olsen.  Despite the blast, the Pirates lost the match, 4-3. Bautista went 1/5, collecting two RBIs and two strikeouts.

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