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And now, a smorgasbord of thoughts and feelings as it relates to the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club

October 1, 2018

Give yourself a pat on the back. You got through a tough season.

  • Actually, I’m not upset about what happened this season. I went in with low expections and got what I expected: a team in transition; positive evolution and negative evolution, but evolution nonetheless.
  • Those first three weeks in April though; that was exciting and fun.
  • Love Gibby, but it was time to move on. His dismissal was unsurprising. Gibby took the Jays as far as he could. But the team is now moving in a different direction and the front office understandably wants someone new to lead said direction.
  • Couldn’t tell you who the new manager will be. I do know this: Some fans will love the new hire, some fans will hate the new hire and some fans will absolutely despise the new hire because anything orchestrated by Mark Shaprio and Russ Atikins will automatically ruin EVERYTHING! Oh, the spicy hot takes. 😉
  • I’m worried about Aaron Sanchez. Injuries have robbed him and us of two seasons. Right now, there’s a large chasm between 2016 Sanchez and 2018 Sanchez. I’m praying he closes that gap in 2019. He’s too good to be plagued with injuries.
  • Teoscar is a curious case. He was exposed defensively, but the kid has a pretty good bat. Here’s hoping he works on his defence during the off-season.
  • I was wrong about Randall Grichuk.
  • Loved what I saw from Rowdy Tellez. However, a small voice in my head is telling me not to get too excited about production from a September call-up. I hope that voice is wrong.
  • It feels like ions since Gift Ngoepe was part of the opening day roster.
  • My favourite moments from the season: 1) The incredible ninth inning comeback against Tampa Bay in September. 2) James Paxton’s no-hitter, despite that happening against the Jays.
  • One other moment that remains prevleant in my mind: Curtis Granderson’s walk-off homerun against Boston in April. This occurred days after the horrific van attack in North York. While Grandy’s blast certainly didn’t cure everything, it allowed us a short reprieve as we grieved.
  • I’m fascinated with the middle infield situation. Many candidates, but only a few spots. It will be one of the top storylines during spring training.
  • Time for some awards! Best hitter: Justin Smoak; Best starter: J.A. Happ; Best reliever: A tie between Seunghwan Oh and Ken Gilles.

Postseason is upon us. Cleveland gets my endorsement only because of the overabundance of former Blue Jays on their roster. Enjoy October baseball!

ER

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An ugly reality, but it is what it is

August 20, 2018

Struggling with writer’s block lately. So….some random thoughts:

  • Several times this season, I’ve found myself saying, “Oh, yeah. I forgot about Tulo.”
  • Josh Donaldson and Aaron Sanchez have both missed a signficant amount of time. If this was 2015-16, we’d freak out. Today, such a fact is met with a shrug. It is what it is.
  • Really? Just six games for Jose Urena?
  • I like Ryan Borucki because he models himself after Mark Buehrle. The kid starts his windup as soon as he gets the sign. He’s going to be a treat (hopefully).
  • There (probably) isn’t a single Jays fan who actually thinks Gibby will be back for 2019.
  • Remember, the Blue Jays are a team in transition. That means – if I can borrow the expression – things will get worse before it gets better. Hang in there. It’s going to be okay.

    And now…..back to my battle with writer’s block.

    ER

    3 Gentle Suggestions About Tonight’s Wild Card Match

    October 4, 2016

    Happy Wild Card Tuesday! Apparently, it’s also appropriate to say…Happy “Almost everyone is pissed that Gibby chose Stro” Day! 

    It’s fitting that during the 40th anniversary season, the Blue Jays participate in a historical first for the team. They’ve never held the title of Wild Card Winner, let alone compete for it in a do-or-die playoff match. 

    So as first pitch approaches, here are three gentle suggestions to consider.

    1) One of the best aspects about the playoffs is that everything is reset. Right now, the Jays and Orioles are on an even playing field. So forget everything that has happened up to this point. It’s winner-take-all and that means anything can happen. 

    2) The worst thing the Jays can do is focus on the ALDS before earning the right to reach that level. Same goes for the fans. Tonight is about winning one game and one game only. Put all of your energy and interest into this evening’s match and deal with the future…in the future. 

    3) Savour the moment! Far too many Blue Jay fans fixate only on the negative. There’s so much more to baseball than just wins and losses. It’s the playoffs and it’s exciting! Don’t worry about anything else and focus on the drama and the possible reward. In other words, just enjoy the game.

    ER 

    Episode 49: Last year’s May was much better

    May 28, 2015

    May has been an overall frustrating month for the Blue Jays and their fans. However, things appear to be getting better.

    Ian Hunter of BlueJayHunter.com joins DNJT to discuss Jose Bautista’s shoulder, Roberto Osuna’s performance and John Gibbons’ tenure.

    Episode 49 Direct MP3 Download

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    To all base runners: Never make a fuss with Russ!

    To all base runners: Never make a fuss with Russ!


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