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Episode 74: Stressful September

September 15, 2016

Feeling nervous, anxious and concerned? Take solace knowing you’re not the only one.

Former Blue Jay blogger Doug Plourd joins DNJT to chat about the Jays and their AL East rivals.

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Episode 62 [Season Premiere]: Here we go again!

March 31, 2016

This Sunday, the Blue Jays begin their 40th anniversary season on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays. Fans are hoping the defending AL East champs will be celebrating more than the historic milestone.

Gideon Turk of BP Toronto joins DNJT to preview the 2016 season.

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One Hell of a Year

December 31, 2015

Where to begin…

My wife and I are at a game in late May. Mark Buehrle pitched well, but got little run support. The Jays would end up losing to Seattle that day.

Around the seventh inning, I made my way to the washrooms. As I waited in line, a couple of fans were discussing the team’s performance. They were the type of fans that jump to conclusions. The ones Mike Wilner would describe as “chicken littles.”

These fans were convinced the Jays were well on their way to another disappointing season.

“They’re done,” one fan told the other. “They can’t hit or do anything right. Pitching is terrible. They’re finished.”

I guess I could have reminded them there were four months left in the season, roughly translating to about 100 games. I could’ve said something colloquial like “anything is possible” or “anything can happen” or “chill the f*** out.” But I had no interest in debating with the stubborn fans.

Fortunately, they were wrong. Very, very wrong.

Instead, my hopes and prayers came true.

This team was somewhere between contender and another unsuccessful season. Then the late-July trades occurred and everything changed.

Something happened when Troy Tulowitzki and David Price became Blue Jays; stimuli that caused an incredible response. The Jays went from a good team to a dominate force. It was refreshing, memorable and simply fun to watch.

I can’t even describe the feeling. The city was excited. The country was electrified. For me, the confidence the Jays gave us was something that had been missing for years.

Down a few runs? No big deal. They would still win. Going to Yankee Stadium for a weekend series? They took charge without fear. Donaldson at the plate? Hope you were paying attention because something special was likely about to happen. Ditto for Joey Bats and Edwin.

Then there were the playoffs. I’m still recovering from the wild ride. Just a few days ago, Sportsnet aired a review of the season and included the seventh inning of game five. I knew what was going to happen; and yet, my heart was still racing.

Now the year is coming to an end. There’s a new President, a new General Manager and a few additions and subtractions. Certain fans – here come the chicken littles – have forgotten about the success that occurred in 2015. Some have even acted like 2016 will be a disaster, despite the fact that a single pitch hasn’t even been thrown.

Of course, it pisses me off; but there’ll always be those who are patient and calm and those who jump to conclusions. I won’t let the negativity ruin the incredible run the Jays went on.

I got to watch my favourite team end a 22-year drought and engage in playoff baseball; and I got to watch it live for the very first time.

There’s no way to know what will happen next season and I’m fine with that. Bring on 2016!

ER

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Epic moments at the ballpark.

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 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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A short observation about the AL East

July 2, 2015

I look at the current AL East standings and chuckle.

Not too long ago – say 5-10 years ago – there were those who argued that it was impossible to successfully compete in a division that included the Red Sox and Yankees.

Safe to say that theory has been disproven.

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – Party in the streets…for the very first time

January 8, 2015

Posted by CatchTheTaste.

This coming season, the Blue Jays will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1985 team.

Yes, it will actually be 30 years since the Jays captured their first-ever AL East title and made their first-ever playoff appearance in club history.

In honour of this occasion, here’s the opening to CTV’s national newscast from October 5, 1985 – the day the Jays clinched the division. Not surprisingly, they’re the lead story.

As you’ll see (or have seen), there is no footage from the actual game. It’s just fans celebrating on downtown streets; celebrating a major baseball victory for the very first time.

Best part of the clip: That stellar Blue Jays cap umbrella. Jays Shop needs to get some of those on the shelves.

ER


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