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Retro Blue Jays – Whitt and Cheek on Community TV

August 10, 2018

Posted by Home Town Cable Network.

I’ve always had a fascination with community/public-access broadcasting. For starters, it’s obviously different than traditional commercial media. This particular format was also one of my first forays into the world of media – Ottawa’s CKCU, early-to-mid 2000s.

It’s hard to explain, but there’s something about the unpolished, raw presentation that seems authentic to me. This is prevalent with the following interviews of former Blue Jay catcher and coach Ernie Whitt and the late Tom Cheek.

Based on the setting, the footage was recorded at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, likely before the 1985 Pearson Cup.

The clips are part of the Home Town Cable Network which, according to its website and Facebook page, serves Northern New York State; with their office located in Champlain, New York.

One of the interviewers – Dick Letourneau – is no Bob Costas and calling Whitt’s team the “Maple Leafs” at the beginning of his interview was far from a smooth start. But he does ask some interesting questions.

For his part, Whitt answers the questions truthfully; though he seemed a little taken aback by Letourneau’s style of interviewing.

Tom Cheek – as he always was – told a great story, threw in a joke and always brought an incredible amount of professionalism. I wonder how many people knew he was a fill-in for Expo games before he came to Toronto.

Despite their rough look, the interviews are unique. They might not shine, but they’re fun to watch.

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As an aside, Home Town Cable Network’s website has dozens of baseball clips. The majority of which involved the Expos.

ER

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Retro Blue Jays – Dunedin of the 80s (and 2012)

March 8, 2018

Posted by PeterGross144, Pat French and AllBlueJays (via MLB).

I’ve never attended spring training in Dunedin and I’m jealous of anyone who has. Sure, I’ve watched spring training games in person – 2000; a double header between the Jays and Cleveland at Skydome. But despite the installed palm tree behind the outfield wall and a few players jogging on the warning track, it just wasn’t the same.

Spring training in Dunedin is one of the few things that hasn’t changed since 1977. The Jays have reinvented their identity multiple times, there have been thousands of players who have worn the uniform and the front office has undergone a few transformations. But every spring, despite the state of the team, our focus has always turned towards Dunedin.

Even the word “Dunedin” conjures up all those fuzzy, cliched feelings associated with spring training: The near-arrival of warm weather, optimism and a fresh start.

So in that spirit, here are a few videos where Dunedin and spring training are featured prominently.

The first two are from long-time broadcaster Peter Gross from his days with City TV.

I first saw this years ago on Big League Stew. Gross uses a Michael Jackson classic to preview the 1984 Blue Jays. Can you spot Buck Martinez?

Then Gross does a feature on Dave Stieb. The ladies in this video might’ve been impressed, but Tony Kubek and Joey McLaughlin definitely weren’t.

Had to include this TSN promo. Where else can you find Kelly Gruber admiring a pre-season dinger?

Finally, one of my favourites: J.P. Arencibia and Ricky Romero take us on a tour of the Jays’ spring training complex in 2012. I bet you’ll smile seeing young Eric Thames; maybe John Farrell too(?).

[Just a link for the last one. The ability to embed the video was disabled.]

ER

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

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 – Labatt Makes Fans Sing and Dance

December 11, 2014

Posted by SwozyGustafsson.

There was once a time when you couldn’t think about the BLUE Jays without connecting them to Labatt’s BLUE. The two were inseparable, mainly because Labatt owned a portion of the team for many years.

This brings us to this gem from 1990. Some marketeer decided to ask fans who their favourite players were and as an added bonus, got some of these fans to sing and dance. The end result was a delightful display of amateur hour.

This clip is more than a beer and baseball advertisement. It’s a time capsule of late-80s/early-90s fashion and it’s freaking hilarious! Look at the hair! Look at the clothes! Look at the facial hair!

I do realize some blogger – 20 years from now –  will likely look at videos and photos of me and my fellow Blue Jay fans from this decade and laugh at our hair, clothes and facial hair. That’s the rationale I’m using, so I don’t feel guilty about laughing at the fans in this 24-year-old commercial.

Circle of life, I guess.

ER


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