Archive for October 2016

The Chicago Cubs picked one hell of a way to end their 108-year-old World Series drought. 

October 30, 2016

Two years ago, the Cubs visited Toronto for a three-game series and were soundly swept by the Blue Jays. I was at one of those matches and watched Chicago get completely out-played. Drew Hutchison led the way, while the offence came from several sources. As I left the stadium that night, it never occurred to me that the Cubs would be at the top of the mountain in a mere 24 months. 

Since the final out was recorded, I’ve been thinking about Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Harry Caray. I’ve been thinking about all the Cub fans who lived thier entire lives without ever seeing them win the World Series. I’ve been thinking about all the former Cub players who are still with us; players like Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa and Kerry Wood. I’ve been thinking about Steve Bartman and wondering if this championship brought him some closure and inner peace.

I’m fortunate to have watched some of my favourite teams – including the Jays – win championships. It’s impossible to fathom what cheering for a team that has been known as “the loveable losers” feels like. For generations of Cub fans, baseball is clearly more than just stats and standings. 

There are a few things I will recall when looking back at the 2016 World Series. There’s David Ross who couldn’t have picked a better way to retire. In addition, I will never forget the images of people honouring their deceased relatives who were Cub fans. Whether it was writing messages on the walls of Wrigley Field or visiting cemeteries, these acts re-defined passion and what baseball means to people. Never forget the man who sat next to his father’s tombstone and listened to game 7, fulfilling a promise made years ago. 

That’s powerful. 

So congrats to the Cubs and thier fans! I sincerely hope you all continue to savour this great victory. And an extra congrats to these former Blue Jay players on Chicago’s roster and coaching staff: Muninori Kawasaki, Henry Blanco, Eric Hinske and Dave Martinez. 

It has to be nice knowing there’s no longer a need to wait until next year. 

ER


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Episode 78 [Season Finale]: Highs, Lows and a Postseason Appearance

October 23, 2016

This year marked the 40th anniversary season of Blue Jays baseball, which turned out to be more than just a historic milestone.

Brendan Panikkar of BaseballHotCorner.com looks back at the 2016 Jays and what the off-season could entail.

Episode 78 Direct MP3 Download

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***Thanks for listening to the fifth season of DNJT! Enjoy the World Series and the off-season.***

Short, scribbled postmortem thoughts

October 20, 2016

When AA left, some expected the worst.

When Shapiro and Atkins took over, some expected the worst.

When David Price signed with Boston, some expected the worst.

When JA Happ resigned with the Jays, some expected the worst.

When the season got off to a bad start, some expected the worst.

When the Jays had a bad September, some expected the worst.

All these “issues” were suppose to undermine the Blue Jays’ success, making 2015 a one-hit wonder. Despite all these “issues,” they still managed to have a winning record, make the playoffs and provide another thrilling October.

So…is it April yet?

ER


Playoff Edition 6 (aka Episode 77)

October 16, 2016

After a thrilling ALDS sweep of the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays find themselves down 2-0 to the Cleveland Indians.

Jenn Smith of BP Toronto and Today’s Knuckleball discusses the first two games of the American League Championship Series.

Episode 77 Direct MP3 Download

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Ground ball to short

October 13, 2016

Donaldson dives home
and in a sudden moment
the nation erupted

ER


Playoff Edition 5 (aka Episode 76)

October 8, 2016

The Blue Jays are one win away from advancing to the American League Championship Series. Victory on Sunday would cap a very exciting week.

Rick Dacosta of Jays6ixside.com looks back at the Wild Card match and the first two games of the ALDS.

Episode 76 Direct MP3 Download

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3 Gentle Suggestions About Tonight’s Wild Card Match

October 4, 2016

Happy Wild Card Tuesday! Apparently, it’s also appropriate to say…Happy “Almost everyone is pissed that Gibby chose Stro” Day! 

It’s fitting that during the 40th anniversary season, the Blue Jays participate in a historical first for the team. They’ve never held the title of Wild Card Winner, let alone compete for it in a do-or-die playoff match. 

So as first pitch approaches, here are three gentle suggestions to consider.

1) One of the best aspects about the playoffs is that everything is reset. Right now, the Jays and Orioles are on an even playing field. So forget everything that has happened up to this point. It’s winner-take-all and that means anything can happen. 

2) The worst thing the Jays can do is focus on the ALDS before earning the right to reach that level. Same goes for the fans. Tonight is about winning one game and one game only. Put all of your energy and interest into this evening’s match and deal with the future…in the future. 

3) Savour the moment! Far too many Blue Jay fans fixate only on the negative. There’s so much more to baseball than just wins and losses. It’s the playoffs and it’s exciting! Don’t worry about anything else and focus on the drama and the possible reward. In other words, just enjoy the game.

ER 


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