Archive for June 2014

Hill Steals Home

June 26, 2014

Like a parent, full of encouragement,                                                                           Butter leans in and whispers,                                                                                     “You’re hot.”
That’s all Aaron Hill needed to know.

Foolish Pettitte wasn’t paying attention.
A surprising, yet satisfying fact
as Hill slides under Posada’s failed tag.

The crowd erupts.
Joe Torre cringes.
Steam emits from George Steinbrenner’s ears.

As the dust settles, Hill punches the air.
That was a moment.
A strike against the evil empire.
A roll of the dice that produces a rewarding result.

Eric aka @TheHek

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Retro Blue Jays – Inspired by Terry Gilliam

June 23, 2014

Posted by Retrontario’s YouTube page.

1987 was an infamous year for the Blue Jays.

I’m sure you know what happened. Therefore, there’s no need to bring it up. However, if you really want to rip that band-aid off, I will provide you with this recap.

There were some good moments too: George Bell was named American League MVP and the Jays hit 10 home runs in a game against Baltimore.

The ’87 season also provided a unique animated advertisement that’s displayed above. It promotes the first home series of the season; but what makes it noteworthy is the presentation.

The ad shows a blue flash (which later turns out be an actual blue jay) wreaking havoc on a group of nouns that represent the Jays’ division rivals at the time: Orioles, Yankees, Red Sox, Brewers, Indians and Tigers. The cartoon images – by today’s standards – are sub par, but would’ve likely garnered a few entertained laughs. The animation also pays a small homage to Terry Gilliam, which is illustrated through the character representing the Yankees.

The so-called nouns are stereotypical, which isn’t bad until you come to the character representing the Cleveland Indians. Even by 1987 standards, it’s borderline racist.

Though a quick Google search yields nothing, I would be very surprised if the CRTC or CBSC didn’t receive at least one complaint about it. These days, an advertisement such as the one above would never have seen the light of the day. Even if it was made, there’s no way Rogers would release it.

Episode 36: Peaks and Valleys

June 19, 2014

Blogger Alan Clough stops by to chat about the Blue Jays, instant replay and baseball down under.

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Doc Calls It Quits

June 12, 2014

The Spanish Sportscaster
informs me Doc has hung up his
cleats, glove and uniform.

My mind reflects on all those
1-run,
2-run,
3-run losses.

A little more run support
and things would have been different.

A couple more Cy Young awards
and Cooperstown would be an easier ticket.

Eric aka @TheHek

Episode 35: Happy Birthday, Skydome!

June 5, 2014

25 years ago, the Blue Jays played their first game at Skydome. Since then, the stadium has received its fair share of criticism, but has also provided the setting for many historical and exciting moments.

Peter Bean of the Canadian Baseball Network shares his thoughts on the past 25 years and what the future entails.

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