Archive for February 2020

Sorrow on Front Street: A Baseball Microstory

February 27, 2020

“I’ve been looking forward to this game all week,” Luke said excitedly. “Thanks for getting the tickets, Mum.”

Shelia smiled back. She loved how her son – a grown adult – had the same enthusiasm for a Jays game as he did as a child. Countless times, they bonded over wins, losses and overpriced hot dogs.

“You’re welcome, hunny,” she said. “I’m really glad we could do this.”

As they moved closer to the stadium, Shelia felt sorrow. The tumour was inoperable and she knew she’d have to tell him eventually.

Tonight, at least, they could enjoy one last baseball game together

ER

Remembering Tony Fernandez

February 17, 2020

Tony Fernandez had four separate stints with the Blue Jays. I was too young to witness his first tenure with the team. However, I clearly remember the remaining three.

The Jays reacquired Fernandez in June 1993 after Dick Schofield sustained a season-ending injury.

Fernandez’s return seemed to be a spark that helped turn things around. They struggled in the early part of that season. Fortunately, they straightened out before capturing their second straight World Series title. Fernandez played a role in that.

His 1999 season really sticks out in my mind. 37-years-old and an incredible .877 OPS!

I was fortunate enough to be at Skydome one Sunday afternoon and witnessed him nearly hit for the cycle against Montreal. From my perch in the 100s – right field foul territory, to be specific – I can recall the majestic flight of a ball he sent into the Expos’ bullpen. Along with Shawn Green, he would ultimately receive a well-deserved trip to the All-Star Game.

From an aesthetic point – and I don’t know why this caught my attention – I always loved how his last name and number were displayed on the back of the uniform. Something about a long last name on top of a thin “1” was mesmerizing.

It’s easy to see why he’s on the Level of Excellence: Single-season leader in games played (1986), at-bats (1986) and triples (1990); all-time team leader in hits, as well as singles and triples. Appeared in more matches than any other Blue Jay; five-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove winner.

He was one of the best to ever wear a Jays uniform. From all accounts, he was also a great individual.

Gone way too soon, but will never be forgotten.

May his memory be a blessing.

ER

Spring Training Haikus: Now spanning two decades (sort of)

February 10, 2020

strarting rotation
has some new faces and arms
allowing for depth

important question:
who is the centre fielder?
maybe teoscar?

many options at
the designated hitter
spot to consider

giles shall anchor
the bullpen, along with a
cast of characters

the young stars arrive
with higher expectations
and a stronger bond

ER


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