Posted tagged ‘toronto’

Two Grim Reapers met in a lane… (NBJR)

July 10, 2020

A (poorly drawn) comic about life during a pandemic.

ER

Going the (physical) distance [NBJR]

July 3, 2020

A (poorly drawn) comic about life during a pandemic.

ER

The two screaming voices are screaming again (NBJR)

June 27, 2020

A (poorly drawn) comic about life during a pandemic.

ER

Jays Journaling: Sewage water is cleaner than MLB’s public image

June 24, 2020

Sorry for the graphic title.

Labour negotiations involving professional sports leagues are repulsive. I’ve felt this way since the summer and fall of 1994 when I was forced to endure a baseball strike and a hockey lockout.

The MLB work stoppage that year was awful. Suddenly, everyone turned to my favourite sport. Baseball wasn’t cool anymore and the players were “greedy millionaires.”

And now – along with everything else happening – that feeling from 1994 has returned and this time, the storm clouds are much worse.

For the last few weeks, Major League Baseball has embarrassed itself through this ugly feud with the MLBPA.

Instead of trying to figure out how they can run some form of a season safely, the league and union fought over the all mighty dollar.

They had a deal in place back in March. Then the owners freaked out over the thought of empty stadiums and tore up the agreement. Then they pestered the players to give up chunks of salary, while potentially putting their lives at risk.

And in the end, the March agreement was ultimately upheld.

Nicely done, Commissioner Manfred. Nicely done, owners. You wasted everyone’s fucking time. Could’ve put differences and money aside and figured out multiple health and safety procedures. Instead, you picked a petty fight with the PA, while the world is literally burning.

The players didn’t deserve that and neither did we.

So, we’ve got a 60-game schedule under the threat of COVID-19 and a dysfunctional relationship between the league and its players.

Disputes such as this one yield little sympathy. Most see it as “millionaires vs millionaires.” This sentiment leads to decreased interest and viewership. It gets worse when threats of cancelling the season are made.

Losing the 2020 season because of COVID-19 is one thing. I’ve made peace with this and certain I’m not the only one. And given the disturbing rise of new cases in the United States – including a report of at least 40 players and staff testing positive – it’s a “when not if” situation more than ever. It’s simply not safe right now.

But to lose the season directly because of a financial disagreement would’ve been severely detrimental for MLB.

I love baseball and will live and die with the Blue Jays. Nevertheless, MLB’s public image is a towing inferno of dumpster fires.

Commissioner Manfred and the owners have mishandled this situation. Regardless of whether there is a completed season or not, the league has badly damaged its credibility and stature.

It has been discussed ad nauseam about how MLB can increase ticket sales, viewership and interest. The actions of the owners and Commissioner equate thousands of steps backwards.

It could take decades before the league has regained its integrity.

Sorry for the melodramatic conclusion.

ER

Gotta have that validation (NBJR)

June 19, 2020

A (poorly drawn) comic about life during a pandemic.

ER

STOP YELLING AT ME! I’M DOING THE BEST I CAN! (NBJR)

June 12, 2020

A (poorly drawn) comic about life during a pandemic.

ER

Your services are no longer needed

June 9, 2020

Stay home

But I had
a really good spring.
I can help this club.

You weren’t going to make the roster.

But there might be
extra spots.

Not for you.

The entire
minor league season
might get cancelled.

Blame the pandemic.

Do I still get a stipend?

Team’s losing money.

But the owner is a billionaire.

Blame the pandemic.

Other teams,
other players
are looking after
their farm systems.

We can’t.

There might not
even be a season.
I have bills to pay.

Blame your union.

I have to eat. I need to eat.
I have to live. I need to live.
I have to play. I need to play.

If I can’t eat
and live
and play,
I will…

Not our problem.

ER

Caught between two screaming voices (NBJR)

June 5, 2020

A (poorly drawn) comic about life during a pandemic.

Inspired by a nourishing conversation with Launy Schwartz.

ER

Defeatism is such a sad word (NBJR)

May 29, 2020

A (poorly drawn) comic about life during a pandemic.

ER

Jays Journaling: Replaying the replays of replayed games

May 25, 2020

I am tired of replayed matches.

It’s not the actual games themselves, but rather the reason why they’re airing. You’re reminded every time there’s a commercial break.

It feels like you’ve accidentally touched an active burner. You’re not paying attention and then a sharp pain brings you back to reality.

Again, COVID-19 can go fuck itself.

***

I’ve enjoyed watching KBO highlights. I never took time to watch until I was swept up in the hype created by the broadcast deal with ESPN.

My biggest takeaway was finding out that Matt Williams was managing the KIA Tigers.

My hope was that I would invest my time with one of the teams. Unfortunately, I haven’t formed an emotional bond.

It’s hard when the games are being played overnight. It’s harder when you’re not familiar with any of the players. I was hoping I’d find a club that had a former Blue Jay or two. No dice thus far.

For now, I’m content watching ten-minute highlight packages on YouTube when I feel like it.

***

When I learned of the upcoming E60 documentary about Roy Halladay – Imperfect: The Roy Halladay Story – I immediately cringed. The thought of Doc’s struggles being sensationalized made me ill.

This isn’t the first time a celebrity and his/her struggles have been profiled. And if you’re telling a story, you need to include all the chapters. That includes the uncomfortable ones.

But this is Doc we’re talking about.

I already have fond memories of him and just want to leave it at that. My biggest fear with this documentary is that Halladay’s off-the-field struggles will now overshadow everything he did on the field.

Hopefully, that’s not the case. Hopefully, this documentary will help someone with similar struggles.

***

One more item about replayed matches:

I enjoyed watching the “Doc Week” games more than the airings of the 1992-93 and 2015-16 contests.

Along with seeing Doc at his best, it was great watching Vernon Wells, Aaron Hill and all the players who were his teammates back then. We even got to watch Jose and Edwin before they became legends.

I even liked seeing the silver and black uniforms again. And how could you not smile after seeing those “Flashback Friday” power blues? The players weren’t fans of them, but I loved them!

Those late-2000s teams were so frustrating to watch. They could never get it all together. It was either the pitching was good, but the hitting was weak or vice versa. If Doc got a little more run support, he’d probably have at least one more Cy Young.

Yet after all this time, there’s a sense of nostalgia and joy.

Things were different back then. I was different back then. Toronto’s sports landscape was different back then.

It was fun to look back, especially now knowing what came after.

ER


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