Posted tagged ‘1980s’

Retro Blue Jays – Stieb and Whitt Tour EPCOT

November 20, 2019

Posted by Retronario.

Where to begin…where to begin…

I guess I’ll make something up:

It’s the early 80s. A bunch of Disney executives are sitting in a room. They wonder how they can get Canadians to visit the brand-new EPCOT Center.

Someone suggests a celebrity endorsement. Another person suggests using a couple of athletes. Suddenly, the most experienced executive in the room pounds his fist on the table and jumps up.

“Jiminy Cricket, I’ve got it!” he shouts. “Let’s get a couple of Blue Jays and give them a tour of EPCOT. We’ll film the whole thing and air it on Canadian television.”

Everyone agrees and high-fives each other. They spend the rest of the day eating pizza and smoking weed.

A little over the top, but I’m sure that’s how it all came together; except for the weed part.

Anyway…

Dave Stieb and Ernie Whitt, along with Catherine Swing, tour EPCOT Center. The popular Blue Jay battery try in the vain to act natural and recite their lines as if they’re off the cuff. Their performance gets an ‘A’ for effort. Nevertheless, the awkwardness is hilarious!

In addition, there are cameos from Bobby Cox and Fergie Olver.

Could you envision the current team doing something like this? Just imagine…Vladdy and Bo touring the Magic Kingdom or Hollywood Studios. 😝

ER

Retro Blue Jays: When 60 wins was the benchmark

July 3, 2019

Posted by Retrontario.

Given the current state of affairs, this might put a smile on your face…or make you angrier.

Whatever.

It’s a City-TV/CityPulse sportscast from September 12, 1980, detailing the Jays’ 7-5 win over Baltimore. It was a significant achievement, marking the first time the team had recorded 60 victories.

Look how much fun Peter Gross was having. He was fully aware the team was in last place at the time and didn’t care. He’s not whining or reminding the viewer how bad things are/were, nor is he begrudgingly talking about the Jays. Don’t hear him shitting on the front office or calling anyone tone deaf either. Maybe he’s being a little sarcastic, but he’s also embracing the pain.

Check out how the highlights are presented. They’re all from one solitary camera, stationed behind home plate at Exhibition Stadium. It’s literally one angle, one point of view. A strong reminder of a time when not every single game was televised.

ER

Retro Blue Jays – $1.99 Jays caps at McDonald’s

August 7, 2014



Posted by RetroTy and Retrontario.

Once upon a time, McDonald’s sold Blue Jay hats for charity. Sadly, I was a toddler at the time and couldn’t take advantage of this wonderful promotion. Granted, I grew up in a time when one could buy hockey and baseball cards at Micky D’s. Still, I would much rather buy a cap and support a great cause.

To help with the promotion. McDonald’s enlisted the services of Bobby Cox and Ernie Whitt.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame last month, Cox has a commanding presence. The father and male cashier are immediately intimated by the sight of him. Good thing they weren’t umpires.

As for Whitt, there are three things one quickly learns about the former catcher, coach and current Team Canada manager: 1) He likes tea. 2) Even off the field, he has quick hands. 3) The female cashiers were quite smitten with him and his Magnum, P.I. looks.

It’s been a while since the Jays and McDonald’s had a partnership. But that doesn’t mean the promotion couldn’t return. I’m looking at you, Pizza Nova and/or Tim Horton’s.

And now…I’m hungry.


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