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ALDS/NLDS Guesses

October 4, 2018

Wrong about Oakland, right about Colorado.

Anyway….

ALDS
Cleveland over Houston
Boston over New York

NLDS
Los Angeles over Atlanta
Milwaukee over Colorado

ER

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Josh Donaldson: He brought the rain and it was magical AF

September 3, 2018

Josh Donaldson’s tenure with the Blue Jays was a blessing. The events surrounding his departure really, really, REALLY suck. However, this is not as tragic as some have made it out to be.

Josh Donaldson was not going to finish 2018 in a Jays uniform. I made peace with this notion well before the season started. Unless the team was a legit contender for the second wild card spot, this was it for the Bringer of Rain.

I prayed he would be traded during the off-season. Prayed the Jays would get a king’s ransom in exchange. I get why they waited for the middle of the regular season – contending teams would be increasingly desperate to land Donaldson’s services and therefore, empty their shelevs of young, developing talent.

Of course, that didn’t happen. Josh gingerly walked off the field in May, never to return wearing a Jays uniform; his value drastically fell.

Who’s to blame? Nobody.

Donaldson didn’t intend to miss a significant chunk of the season. Mark Shapiro, Russ Atkins and the rest of front office didn’t anticipate something like this to happen, nor would they want it to happen.

Of course, social media is more than happy to point fingers.

On social media, Shapiro and Atkins have screwed up everything!!!! Some have claimed they have set the team back by decades. Others have filed a non-confidence motion. Heck, if Shapiro and Atkins saved 1000 orphans from a towering inferno, they’d still be villanized.

So let’s take a breath.

The Blue Jays are rebuilding. It has been evident for a while. Whether you like it or not, they are a team in transition. Keeping Josh Donaldson would be counter-productive. A player of his caliber and age – if healthy, obviously – would naturally yield younger, developing talent. It’s not a perfect formula, but it only makes sense to collect several “prospects” in exchange for Donaldson and hope some – if not all – live up to their full potential.

The only mistake Shapiro and Atkins made was not trading Donaldson before the season. An error that defines the concept of hindsight.

Here’s something else to consider: Do you really believe Donaldson wanted to be a Blue Jay after 2018?

Think about it. He’s in his early 30s and about to become a free agent. He wants to win now. He expects to win now. Why would he stay in Toronto and endure a rebuild that doesn’t have a definitive timeline? Donaldson has earned the right to play for whoever he wants; so the Jays might as well get something for him, even if it’s unfortunately not a king’s ransom.

While Donaldson and Atkins have both paid the appropriate amount of lip service post-trade, we may never know what actually happened behind the proverbial closed doors. Maybe there were diagreements. Maybe feelings were hurt.

There will be some who desperately need to know what occurred for their own agendas. But for me….I just don’t give a damn.

When I think about Josh Donaldson, I won’t think about his departure. I’ll think of the man who told the world that this was the “get it done league.”

I’ll think of the man who dove into the first few rows at Tropicana Field to catch a foul ball.

I’ll think of the man who crushed a walk-off home run at the final home game of the 2015 season, sending the crowd into a frenzy; including yours truly from my right field seat in the 200s.

I’ll think of the man who knocked in the tying run in game five of the 2015 ALDS, setting the stage for Jose Bautista’s iconic bat flip.

I’ll think of the man – who I witnessed from my perch in section 525 – dive gracefully across home plate, clinching game three and an ALDS series sweep in 2016.

Damn right his name should be added to the level of excellence. He was the American League’s most valuable player in 2015. The only other Blue Jay who won AL MVP is already on the LOE.

Josh Donaldson was the glue, the missing piece, the magic tonic. He brought the rain and it was MAGICAL! His unfortunate departure will never overshadow his impact.

I really hope things work out for him in Cleveland and of course, with the Blue Jays’ long-term plan. Seeing a popular player get traded is never pleasant.

Just remember: It’s going to be okay.

ER

ALDS/NLDS Guesses

October 5, 2017

So I was right about Arizona, but wrong about Minnesota. The two matches definitely put the WILD in WILD Card. Thrilling for hitters; cruel to starting pitchers.

Anyway…

Boston over Houston in 5
Cleveland over New York in 5
Chicago over Washington in 4
Los Angeles over Arizona in 5

ER


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

…or…

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

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

…or…

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.


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