Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic). It’s your Mid-Afternoon Snack…
At Getting Blanked, Parkes notices that idiots who answered a Toronto Star poll about Toronto’s best sports moment ranked Jeremy Lin’s game-winning three-pointer for the Knicks last night ahead of Joe Carter’s home run. Did I mention these idiots are idiots? Because holy fuck, what a bunch of fucking idiots.
ESPN released part two of its Future Power Rankings today, featuring the teams ranked from 20th to 11th, and there’s still no sign of the Jays– meaning they’re believed to be one of the ten best-positioned franchises in the Majors when it comes to their future. But why isn’t it now??!!??! WAHHHHHHH.
espnW, which is apparently a thing, has a feature on Brett Lawrie and his softballin’ sister Danielle. Includes a picture of young Lawrie on Toronto Island… in a Yankees cap!
Jeff Sullivan breaks down the ten worst swings of 2011 for Baseball Nation, and though Jose Bautista makes the list on a pitch where Josh Beckett makes him look absolutely foolish, “do you know what I think is the most impressive part of this clip?” he asks. “That’s Jose Bautista. That’s Jose Bautista swinging the way Jose Bautista swings. Then he holds up. He ultimately doesn’t hold up enough, but look at his body. Look at how abruptly that swing attempt stops. That takes so much strength and body control. Jose Bautista even impresses me when he strikes out on a really wild pitch.”
I got an email from the Chief of Staff of Ottawa City Councillor Rick Chiarelli, who has been the one pushing hardest to get baseball back in that city, which says that “tomorrow morning at 10 am they are meeting to vote on the bid presented by an eastern league team hoping to move to Ottawa. If you are able to help, we need people to come to City Hall for this meeting and to speak to the Committee in support of this great opportunity.” If you’re in the nation’s capital and are into it, contact Chiarelli’s office.
I was looking through some old posts yesterday, and I don’t know what amuses me more about this 2008 gem about Todd Stottlemyre joining Twitter: my awesome photo selection or the first and only comment on the post. Gold!
Bluebird Banter bring their top 40-36 Jays prospects, and… yeah, it’s about what you’d expect.
Getting Blanked also has a new installment of their Legendary Players in the Wrong Uniforms series, from Chris Creamer of Sportslogos.net. Worth it for Joe DiMaggio as an A’s coach in the late 60s alone, but the rest is gold, too.
Jays Journal asks where in the fuck Adam Lind’s ability to hit has gone. Well… maybe not in quite those words. And where has his opposite field power gone???
Lastly, Ricky Romero gets an honourable mention from FanGraphs in their best changeups of 2011 piece. Meanwhile, they’re looking for a bit of crowdsourcing on the quality of the Jays TV broadcasters. Have at it!