Posted tagged ‘throwback Thursday’

Retro Blue Jays – Hit the showers, Jimmy

September 14, 2017

Posted by Travis Doucette and Retrontario.

It appears the hot water supply at Exhibition Stadium was worth bragging about.

Here are a couple of Ontario Hydro commercials featuring the Blue Jays. Based on the sleeve patches, it appears the ads were filmed mostly in 1984 (Thank you, Mr. Creamer).

The first commercial features three Blue Jay hurlers – Jim Gott, Roy Lee Jackson and Jimmy Key – soaking their troubles away.

The second one shows the Jays laying into a team of scrubs. Willie Upshaw delivers the knock out punch with a homerun that makes its way to Nathan Philips Square.

Not sure if that’s even geographically possible.

 

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – Baseball and the Public Broadcaster

June 1, 2017

Posted by Pat French.

I don’t know who Pat French is, but I’m very glad this person created a YouTube account. It’s filled with dozens of retro Canadian sports clips; a portion of which come from CBC broadcasts. If you want to see old baseball promos, black-and-white clips from Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts or even an advertisement for the 1978 Commonwealth Games, make sure to spend some time on Pat’s account.

A previous “retro” post highlighted a couple of clips involving the CBC’s French language service, Radio-Canada. On the English side, the Mother Corp and the Blue Jays have crossed paths at various times. As a kid, I knew CBC was the network to turn to on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons for Speedy Muffler Blue Jays Baseball. Of course, during the NHL playoffs, that schedule was modified.

The public broadcaster aired games at three different points in Blue Jay history: Late 70s/early 80s, early 90s to early 2000s and a handful of games from 2008-2009. Here are some clips from those periods.

From 1977 – Explaining the role of the Third Base Coach.

Also from 1977 – Not sure who the pitcher and catcher are (could be Alan Ashby behind the plate). However, the hitter is the unmistakable Rusty Staub.

From 1978 – Ensuring both Canadian teams get equal screen time.

From 1992 – A pre-game intro featuring Ken Daniels (before he started doing play-by-play for the Detroit Red Wings), the legendary Don Chevrier and former Blue Jay Tommy Hutton. I always loved the opening graphic and theme song.

From 1994 – Can’t promote an upcoming broadcast without a smiling Joe Carter.

From 2000 – Ironically, no one in Quebec was apparently able to watch this Jays/Expos match.

From 2008 – When broadcasting in HD was still a novelty.

ER

Retro Blue Jays – A curveball for the senses

August 25, 2016

Posted by Homonculus Entertainment.

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Last week, Tom Ford Cologne was all the rage!

The product – worn by Josh Donaldson – helped defused tension after Donaldson and John Gibbons verbally sparred during a match against the Yankees.

All the fodder that followed reminded me of a previous time the Jays dabbled in the world of fragrance.

Remember CHACIN Cologne?

The Blue Jay Hunter provides a terrific account of this famous giveaway. Essentially, two Toronto-area radio hosts joked how pitcher Gustavo Chacin’s last name sounded like a brand of cologne. Sure enough, a product was created with help from the left-hander and small vials of it were given out to fans attending the game on June 27, 2006.

Remarkably, the whole Chacin Cologne episode went viral at a time when social media wasn’t as extensive as it is today. Just imagine if it had occurred in 2016!

ER

 

 

 

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

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

Retro Blue Jays – Montreal, 8mm Style

March 26, 2015

Posted by Jared Allen.

It’s fitting the Blue Jays will travel to Montreal next week for the final portion of the spring training schedule. Last year’s visit to the Olympic Stadium was a huge success.

Speaking of which…

2014 can’t be considered retro, but the technology used in this 27-minute clip certainly is.

The videographer recorded the March 28, 2014 pre-season contest between the Jays and the New York Mets at the Big O with an 8mm camera. The final product is a lovely combination of contemporary life with old school technology.

Mr. Allen had a perfect POV and captured so much; from travelling to the stadium to the Jays celebrating a walkoff victory. There’s a lot to take in, but it’s worth spending the time. There’s even a clip featuring everyone’s favourite mid-game activity, the wave [sarcasm].

I doubt 8mm cameras will make a comeback and become a trend, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt having more videos like this.

ER

 


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