Archive for October 2015

Short, Scribbled Thoughts on AA

October 30, 2015

Now that everything has been fleshed out and digested…

My first memory of Alex occurs in the summer of 2009. It was – if memory serves – during a weekend series at Tropicana Field. Alan Ashby had taken a few days off, so Jerry Howarth invited AA to sit in on a couple of broadcasts. The young assistant GM (at the time) sounded confident and wasn’t shy behind the mic. Looking back, this was a primer for what was to come.

When this current chapter of Blue Jays history is written, the starting point – or ground zero – revolves around two individuals: Jose Bautista and Alex Anthopoulos.

AA had a talent for keeping things quiet. That’s what made most of his moves so Earth-shattering. They just popped out of nowhere, giving him that ninja persona as Mr. Wilner once described it. Nobody saw the trade with the Marlins coming; ditto for Josh Donaldson, Tulo and David Price (though I was praying for that trade for a year!). Nobody expected fan favourites like Brett Lawrie to get dealt either.

He wasn’t perfect and there are certainly moves that haven’t/didn’t/aren’t working out as well as we hoped. But in the end, he successfully put together a team that produced a playoff appearance for the first time in over two decades. The 2015 AL East banner will fly from the rafters and AA played a role in making that happen. That’s what makes his departure so shocking.

Based on the information I’ve gathered and heard what was said (and not said), there came a point in the last few weeks when AA decided his ability to do his job became compromised. It’s a sad and upsetting end.

I’m not in the mood for pointing fingers or blaming people. Nevertheless, I’m disappointed with how things turned out yesterday. The timing is terrible and sends a bad message. Yes, a new President coming in tends to lead to changes; but the way things were conducted stings.

So now Mark Shapiro has the task of fixing this little PR mess. People are unhappy right now. Not the best way to start a tenure; though we don’t know what exactly happened and will likely never know.

Of course, if the Jays continue to succeed on the field, all of this becomes a moot point.

ER

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Playoff Edition 4 (aka Episode 61, aka Season Finale)

October 27, 2015

Despite losing the ALCS to Kansas City, the Blue Jays had one hell of a season!

Joanna Cornish of Humandchuck.com joins DNJT to take one last look at the 2015 team.

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Hats off to the Jays and their fans!

Playoff Edition 3 (aka Episode 60)

October 19, 2015

Down 2-0 to the Royals, the Blue Jays host game three of the ALCS tonight.

Michael Wray joins DNJT to discuss the first two games played in Kansas City.

PS: Go vote!

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Gibby

Short, Scribbled Thoughts on Game 5

October 16, 2015

It’s been several hours since the Jays defeated Texas and I’m still at a loss for words. They simply couldn’t describe the dramatics that took place Wednesday. When I think about that seventh inning, the only concept that comes to mind is karma.

That bat flip. Nothing will ever top it. NOTHING.

Time to shift our focus to the ALCS. Remember to savour the moment. It’s a rematch 30 years in the making.

ER

Playoff Edition 2 (aka Episode 59)

October 14, 2015

It’s “winner takes all” as the Blue Jays battle Texas today in game five of the ALDS.

Jenn Smith of BlueJaysPlus.com looks back at the previous four games, including Gibby’s decision to remove R.A. Dickey for David Price during Monday’s match.

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Drama during Game 2.

Drama during Game 2.

Playoff Edition 1 (aka Episode 58)

October 8, 2015

The postseason has arrived and for the first time since 1993, the Blue Jays are part of the playoff picture.

Freelance writer Todd Devlin looks back at the 2015 regular season and previews the ALDS against Texas.

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Fellow Blue Jay fans: Savour this moment

October 7, 2015

I was a young child when the Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series championships. Those wonderful days of 1992-93 became cherished memories. But while I was old enough to witness the magic, I was naive to appreciate what the team had accomplished and understand how hard the task of winning the top prize – not once, but twice – was.

As a kid, I only knew the Jays as a winning team. The days of playing below 500 and finishing at the bottom of the AL East occurred before I was born. So I didn’t know any better. In my adolescent mind, the Jays were always a first place team and they would naturally appear in the playoffs every year.

Obviously, I was not prepared for the 22-year journey that would occur.

But I learned a valuable lesson, reminded by witnessing poor performing teams, sitting in a less than half-full Skydome and consuming media that frustratingly treated the Jays as an afterthought at times.

So to my fellow Blue Jay fans…

With the ALDS against Texas one sleep away, I offer the following advice: SAVOUR every moment, regardless of outcome. Do NOT take this playoff run for granted. As hard as we try, we do not know what the future entails. This could be the start of a dynasty or a one-hit wonder. It’s just not worth trying to figure out. Focus on what’s happening now and enjoy every second of it.

This season has been – and continues to be – special. So please, savour it.

ER

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