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Short, scribbled thoughts about J.A. Happ

July 17, 2018

I’m thrilled Mr. Happ is representing the Blue Jays at the All-Star Game. In a season that’s been on a steep decline since late April, there have been very few positive story arcs. J.A. Happ is one of those arcs.

As he prepares to stand with the game’s best at Nationals Park, I’ve been reminiscing about his two tenures with the Jays.

I’ve been thinking about the attempt to put him in the bullpen when he first arrived in 2012. Happ put his foot down and argued he was a starter. Ultimately, he was not wrong.

I’ve been thinking about that scary night at Tropicana Field when a line drive struck the side of his head. He recovered, thank goodness.

I’ve been thinking about how some freaked out when he came back to the team as a free agent. Getting Happ instead of resigning David Price was an outrage to certain fans.

I’ve been thinking about Happ’s 20 wins in 2016. Yes, that stat is no longer a sexy accomplishment. However, that 2016 team would not have succeeded without the triple threat of Happ, Aaron Sanchez and Marco Estrada.

I’ve been thinking about milk in a bag. 😁😁😁

The first chapter was noteworthy and the second one – quite successful – will likely conclude before the end of the month. There might even be a third chapter.

Regardless, I sincerely hope he makes a positive contribution wherever he winds up. Fingers are crossed for a World Series ring.

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – So the Prime Minister and President walk into Skydome…

November 30, 2016

Posted by MLB.

This year not only marked the 40th anniversary season of Blue Jays baseball, but also the 25th anniversary of Toronto hosting the MLB All-Star Game.

1991 – What a time to be a Jays fan!

Brand new state-of-the-art stadium, a team on the verge of reaching the highest pinnacle; and to top it off, hosting the event affectionately referred to as the “mid-summmer classic.”

The ’91 all-star game not only brought out baseball’s best players and some legendary hall of famers, but also two of the most powerful political leaders at the time.

The match was attended by then-Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and then-President George H.W. Bush. Of course, it wasn’t the first time Mulroney and Bush were at a Jays game. Nevertheless, their attendance was always a big deal.

So it shouldn’t have been surprising when the two world leaders appeared together for a mid-game interview. Not the smoothest of coversations and a bit one-sided towards the fomer President, but still very cool to see.

ER

Episode 69: At the half…

July 7, 2016

Despite a rough start and a few bumps, the Blue Jays have performed well after 81-plus games.

A few days before Marco Estrada was placed on the 15-day DL, Jenn Smith of BP Toronto looked back at the first half of the regular season.

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Retro Blue Jays – All-Star Game Edition

July 14, 2015

Posted by MLB, Baseball History Shorts, Maxcareyhof and Ian Ward.

In honour of tonight’s Midsummer Classic, here are four ASG-related videos I recently found on YouTube.

Please rise for Meat Loaf’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

A “far out” opening to the 1971 game.

Is it too late to get a copy of the program from the 1982 game (played at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal)?

Cal Ripken Jr.’s blast from the 1991 game, held at Skydome. Toronto shows some love to baseball’s (soon-to-be) Iron Man.

ER


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