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Retro Blue Jays – Jeff Juden ruins Canada Day (in an awesome kind of way)

June 30, 2016

Posted by rskhtv.

Tomorrow is our nation’s birthday, which means RED will be the dominant colour at the BLUE Jays game.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending five Canada Day games; six after tomorrow. Out of all these matches, one truly stands out:

July 1, 1997
Expos 2
Blue Jays 1

Sadly, this would be the only time Canada’s teams would meet on Canada Day. It was hot and Skydome was packed. When the match concluded and the post-game fireworks began, I had one thought: Who the hell is Jeff Juden and how dare he out-pitches the Rocket?!

I was obsessed with Roger Clemens during his two seasons with the Jays; similar to my fascination with Roy Halladay and R.A. Dickey. And remember, this was well before his alleged steroid use was brought to the surface. So I was understandably excited to watch Rocket Roger for the first time live on that faithful day.

But Mr. Juden upstaged Clemens and his performance 19 years ago is still remembered.

Here’s Rob Sinclair’s report on the match.

Here’s what I also remember about the match:

– It started at 2pm. The original start time was 1pm, but was pushed back so the Jays could honour military personnel and first responders with an hour-long ceremony.

– BJ Birdy and Youppi were working together. The two mascots came into my section (500s LF) and led a Canada Day-themed cheer.

– Joe Carter struck out four times and fans were pissed.

– The final out was a deep fly ball that was caught on the warning track.

– The previous match on June 30/97 marked the first time the teams played a regular season contest. The pitching match up was Pat Hentgen vs. Pedro Martinez. The next day during a pre-game ceremony, Cito Gaston and Felipe Alou presented both starters’ uniforms to a representative from the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

– It was a sell out, which had become a rarity for the Jays. It also felt like a 50/50 split between Blue Jay and Expo fans.

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – That OTHER time Mitch Williams gave up a walk-off home run

June 4, 2015

Posted by AllDayBlueJays.

Mention Mitch ‘Wild Thing’ Williams to any Jays fan and visions of Joe Carter’s World Series winning blast will immediately come to mind.

However, Williams’ infamous performance in game six of the 1993 World Series was not the first time he gave up a walk-off homer to the Blue Jays.

Five years earlier, Williams – pitching for the Texas Rangers at the time – stepped on the mound at Exhibition Stadium, hoping to get a save and secure victory for his team. It was September 4, 1988.

As the Baseball-Reference.com boxscore and PxP indicate, the Rangers took a 6-0 lead into the bottom of the 8th, only to watch the Jays score five runs and make it a one-run ballgame. Texas would then add a run in the top of the 9th.

This set the stage for the dramatic conclusion.

After Texas starter Bobby Witt allowed the first two batters to reach base, Williams was brought in and promptly gave up a bunt single to Lloyd Moseby, loading the bases. Williams struck out pinch hitter Pat Borders and then faced George Bell, who sent a 1-0 pitch into the left field seats, giving the Jays a 9-7 win.

Check out the low-key celebration that greeted Bell. I guess the players weren’t as ramped up in the 80s as they are today. Though it is nice to see BJ Birdy pull off a celebratory cartwheel.

ER

If I Was President…

August 19, 2014

Shi Davidi’s article about Paul Beeston’s employment status provoked this tongue-and-cheek post from yours truly.

That tongue-and-cheek post got me thinking: What if – by some miraculous fortune – I was hired by Rogers to be the President of the Blue Jays? What would I do? What changes would I make?

I gave it some thought over a lunch of toast and blueberries. Ultimately, I came up with ten items my presidency would undertake.

1)  Bring back the 99-cent hot dogs. Technically, the 99-cent hot dogs still exist, except they now cost over five bucks. And since the penny was eliminated, I’d have to round up and call them dollar dogs. For added value, I would also bring back the dancing hot dog cartoon that use to be shown on Skydome’s  Jumbotron to advertise the product.

2)  Bring back BJ Birdy. I have nothing against Ace, except for his generic name. There’s just something about the former Jays mascot that the current one doesn’t have. Perhaps it’s because BJ Birdy conjures up memories of the glory years, while Ace is a reminder of several disappointing and frustrating seasons. I would still keep Ace for the Saturday Jr. Jays games. I’d even bring back Diamond and Domer. But at the end of the day, BJ Birdy would be the “ace” of the mascot staff.

3) Changes to the TV play-by-play crew. Almost every game features at least one hate-tweet directed at Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler. Buck is no Vin Scully, but he’s better as a colour commentator and has more experience sitting in that chair. Therefore, I would have a platoon of actual play-by-play broadcasters. More specifically, Matt Devlin and Jim Hughson. Devlin sounds great every time he fills in for Buck and Hughson has done play-by-play for the Jays before (he also worked alongside Buck for the TSN broadcasts of the early nineties). As for Tabler, he can be the third man in the booth or (more preferably) he could join Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun at Blue Jays Central. Of course, with Devlin and Hughson’s commitments to basketball and hockey, there might be a need for a third play-by-play man. My suggestion: Rob Faulds or Sam Cosentino.

4)  Bring back the Flashback Friday promotion. By far, my favourite in-game promotion. Powder blue throwbacks, a returning former player and a wicked music video to start things off. It’s a shame the Jays discontinued it.

5) More appearances from the Sunday organist. I have a fever and the only cure is organ music at the ball park. Having an organist helps create the perfect baseball atmosphere. It sure beats having a Friday night DJ at the stadium.

6) Eliminate the techno version of OK Blue Jays. They’ve been playing it for years and it has never sounded right. You just can’t beat the original arrangement.

7) Grass field, ASAP. In an interview with Mike Wilner last year, Colby Rasmus compared the field to “running up and down a basketball court.” That’s not good. Grass must be installed and it cannot wait for the Argos’ contract to expire. It’s not a simple or fast fix, but the process and research needs to start.

8)  Blogger Press Box. Okay, I’m a little bias for this one; but wouldn’t it be great if all us bloggers had our own spot to congregate at Skydome? We could use the football press box since it’s empty most of the time.

9) Change the stadium’s name back to Skydome. That just goes without saying. Also acceptable: Rogers Skydome, as suggested by a few individuals.

10) Get carte blanche from the Rogers brass. Definitely a daunting task. I would request a blank cheque and get it in writing. Then I would print the document on a giant flag and have it fly outside the stadium. That way, I won’t have to deal with all the “ownership is cheap and trying to screw the team” comments. There might be some truth to it, but unlimited bags of cash doesn’t lead to World Series titles either.

As for AA and Gibby…Sorry, I’m holding judgement until the end of the season 😉

Eric aka @TheHek

Photo: BJ Birdy Appreciation Page (http://www.geocities.ws/Athens/Atlantis/2816/bluejays/bjbirdy.html)

Photo: BJ Birdy
Appreciation Page (http://goo.gl/gjXdpa)

Retro Blue Jays – Anne Murray performs at Skydome

May 29, 2014

Posted by YouTube user “packrat79”

Next week will mark the 25th anniversary of the Blue Jays playing their first game at Skydome. The next episode of DNJT (June 5) will celebrate this milestone.

In the meantime, here’s Anne Murray singing the anthems at that first-ever game, which ended in a 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Fergie Olver, BJ Birdy and Ernie Whitt also make small cameos.

Anne Murray has a significant role in the team’s history.  In addition to Skydome’s first game, she also sang O Canada at the first-ever regular season game (a snowy April 7, 1977) and game three of the 1992 World Series – the first World Series game to occur outside the United States.

Episode 16: 100 Things

April 11, 2013

Baseball writer Steve Clarke talks about his new book, 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Whether you’re a long-time fan or a new supporter, it’s a checklist worth going through.

Episode 16 Direct MP3 Download

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