Folks, the time is finally here at DJF to turn and face the strange. I have been asked to refrain from posting for the next twenty-four hours– give or take– as we begin the process of moving the blog over to theScore.com. Many of you likely have seen this coming, what with the lack of ads on a blog being run by someone being paid to hang out in palatial Score Towers and, seemingly, do nothing else. And that’s kind of a thing I’d like to stress here. DJF has actually been my full time job in anticipation of this move for some time now. So, before anyone goes pissing and moaning about selling out, or shit like my potentially no longer being able to say “pissing and moaning” or “shit,” keep in mind that we actually sold out a while back, and all it’s done is allow me to pump out more and more, and hopefully better, content every day.

Well… every weekday. But we’re hoping our typically-quiet weekends are going to change too, as things keep getting bigger and better here. Yes, there will be a new look, which may take some getting used to. And some of the bells and whistles and the esoteric charm of the right sidebar may be temporarily muted. And I’m pretty sure the comments are going to be different– which… OK, actually that does kind of suck. But the archive will still be there, the comments since we moved to Disqus should still be there, and that’s not all…

The 2012 MLB season will mark the long-overdue return of our entirely Jays-specific DJF Podcast, which comes in addition to live Getting Blanked webcasts each Monday to Thursday, and the Getting Blanked Podcast on Fridays. We’ve recently added Scott Lewis– aka @TheScottLewis– to the team, which is only going to enhance our creative output when it comes to videos, Photoshops, and, in general, good shit. Not to mention the aforementioned podcasts and daily videos.

You’ll also– if you’re good and eat all your vegetables– perhaps even see occasional appearances from Parkes and Drew over here– y’know, when they write any kind of rosterbatory piece about the Jays’ twenty-fifth man that they deem a little too obscure for the wider MLB-net they cast over at Getting Blanked. And if we can ever find Bergkamp and the Chairman, them too. Why not?

I’m curious to see how it all works out, myself. But rather than simply disappear until I see you on the other side, tomorrow you’ll still be able to find me on Twitter, not to mention our fancy-looking Facebook page, which is already functioning as the new home of our Smokin’ Polls (Thames vs. Snider– who ya got?).

If you have any questions or any issues once the site is redeployed, you can ask them on Twitter, on Facebook, or you can email me. If possible, include the operating system and browser you’re using. I’m not anticipating any issues– DrunkJaysFans.com will still work, as will our RSS feeds and any of the emails, auto-tweets and whatever else is generated by them. But if something does come up, it’s now in theScore’s interest to make it right real quick, and no longer up to my lazy ass– thank fuck.

Thank you all for your continuing readership and commenting. You make the site what it is– and I don’t expect that’s going to change just because things like the font are going to look slightly different.

So… there’s that. I guess that’s the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin’ it-self, down through the generations, westward the wagons, across the sands a time until– aw, look at me, I’m ramblin’ again. Wal, uh hope you folks enjoyed yourselves.

Comments (91)

  1. That is a FANTASTIC logo.

  2. Congrats are in order! Well done, you’ve deserved it.

  3. Fuck Parkes?

  4. The logo made me think of the older KFC logo right away for some reason lol

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F

  5. No need to worry about “selling out” or anything like that…you’re living the dream man, paid to write about baseball.  You’ve worked hard and you’ve earned it.  Assuming they let you stay true to yourself (which it sounds like they will…as you said you’ve been working for the Score for a while now) I see this as nothing but a positive.  And I’m totally looking forward to the return of the DJF podcasts…will Drew and Parkes be joining you for those?

    Congratulations man…and anyone who gives you a hard time about “selling out” needs to pull their head out of their ass and get a dose of reality… 

  6. holy fuck, never expected you to go all stepford wives on me

  7. Well deserved, congrats!

  8. So wait: can you still say “fuck”?

  9. I was wondering when this was going to happen, especially seeing as this site wasn’t monetizing for all the hard work you put into it… Well congrats!

  10. yippee kay yay Andrew. You are ‘the man’ now.

  11. Very well deserved! Congrats Stoeten!

  12. Should add:  Congrats.

  13. only sellouts are drew and parkes. they used to write about the blue jays. now they write about all baseball.

    fuck parkes

  14. Just make sure to keep that out-of-context Rex Murphy quote up there so all the American readers look at it and go “Who the fuck is Rex Murphy?”
    Seriously though I’m trying to break into the baseball media world myself and I really enjoy your blog, as a fan of the Jays, the game of baseball, and as a writer.  Looking forward to reading your stuff on the new site!  Congrats to all of you

  15.  Congratulations Andrew !.I enjoy your blog & look forward to the new blog & podcasts. I assume that you will still do the podcasts with Parkes & Drew? Can you confirm yes or no?

  16. Congrats! Looks like DJF’s finally getting the call up from the minors to the Show!

    Glad I could provide the occasional stupid doodle over the years. If you really are getting the ol’ corporate muzzle, I’ll miss the odd post where every third word was “fuck” (seriously, once the Jays start making the playoffs, you think you’ll be able to stop yourself from posting the occasional bolded, italicized “SHITFUCK”?) but I’m just glad to have had a minor, non-speaking role in the background of this excellent series over the years and wish you the best of luck in the big leagues.

  17. unsubbed

  18. It is with a twinge of melancholy that I look forward to this new era in the ongoing DJF saga. Keep pumping out equal amounts of sanity and profanity. Go Jays.

  19. Fantastic news. Good work, man!

  20. Well done sir, well done. If it is not too much to ask, could we perhaps keep the obscure Rex Murphy quote in the mix? It has always been a favourite of mine. 

  21. Congratulations man. The score is a great place to work. My buddy actually runs the NBA blog for them and he loves them

  22. Not so fast……this is sounding like Wayne’s World, where the slick producer moves in to take advantage of a prized and unique commodity, only to turn it into some generic piece of shit that doesn’t resemble the original product in the slightest. But hey, I’m sure that won’t be the case here…   

  23. Will there still be game threats each game, and will we be able to comment on them?

    Also, will comments appear live as they come?  If you can add one feature, that would be the best.  Refreshing during game threats are as annoying as fuck.

  24. Bringing back the Chairman would be awesome.

    Screw Parkes.

  25. I should say, Congrats.

  26. something tells me  your user name is going to have to go

  27. There goes the neighborhood.

  28. I’ve listened to Sid and Tim’s podcast.  If they can get away with their schtick, I think Drunk Jays Fans will be juuuuust fine.

  29.  how does that make them sell outs? We can’t all be anti-establishment punks who live from pay cheque to pay cheque all of our lives. It’s not selling out to do what you love, but do it more comfortably.

  30. Congrats! I enjoy your posts and sometimes even agree with you! (okay, quite often actually) Glad you’re getting yours.

  31. Well done Stoeten!! I think we should plan a beer drinking celebration in your honor and put that Wade Boggs 70 to shame!

  32. so….there`s that.

  33. Please keep the Boggs head……

  34. so does this mean we can’t look forward to you ripping the coach, your great rants, and constant cussing in articles since your now a professional?  I sure hope not, enjoy this site more then ANY OTHER online cause you tell it like it is and almost every article drops a line that cracks me up, always great reads.   Regardless look forward to your work, you do an amazing job & you deserve it, GL man.

  35. Congrats man, that’s big news. Nice to see someone get rewarded for putting so much work into something. I’m sure the posts will have to be cleaned up a little, but as long as there is still a comment section we should be fine! Go Jays!

  36. First.
    Congrats Stoeten.You deserve it.

    Second.

    Sad, sad day for certain Blue Jays and baseball fans.
    DJF’s appeal has always been it’s unmoderated signature.A mixture of conjecture,rumours and bullshit.I enjoyed the posts by Stoeten and the commenters opinions equally.The price of DJF’s popularity is the death of open opinions .

    A moderated comment section will never see the rawness and passion that drew people to the site in the first place. Oh, it  still will be popular but now with fans who will wonder why the Jays don’t sign Wendall Clark.Less debates about sabermetrics vs old school.

    The posts you provide in the future will ,no doubt, have to be scutinized for their content.No more speculation, for fear of lawsuits.No more what if’s.No more postings of obscure rumours involving Halladay type trades or Darvish sightings,at least not without confirmation or your bosses’ approval.

    Third

    Cause I won’t be able to do this anymore and I need to vent.

    FUCK,FUCK,mother fucker,dirty rotten son of a bitch,cocksucking mother fucker cunt.

    Fourth

    I’ll raise a glass and toast the death of the old DJF and the rise of the new DJF.

    To all those commenters who I have debated,argued,learned from,taught to and whose company I’ve enjoyed.

    I’ll see you on the other side or around the web.

    P.S. I wonder what ever happened to JB.

    • looks like the new motherfucking donkey-blowing cuntwhore site had no trouble migrating “FUCK,FUCK,mother fucker,dirty rotten son of a bitch,cocksucking mother fucker cunt”!. A good sign!

  37. So who were you planning on writing for you on the weekend… or will we be gettting a real DJF?

  38. I’m pretty sure you can fucking swear on The Score

    • It’s looking like you’re right. If this is moderated, the touch is very light.

      To whom it may concern: Thank you.

  39. we fear change

  40. HUH? I just read through! Your changing the font!! WHAT THE FUCK!! I cant learn a new language over night!  Please keep it in English what ever the fuck you do!!! :)

  41. You might be able to swear.
    Once.
    Ever wonder where the all the pre-disqus comments went?
    MSM has to operate by rules for fear of alienating it’s viewers.

    Gonna love guest posters like “the common man” who’s idea of writing about baseball is comparing it to “Deadwood” series or to “Fatty Arbuckle”.Guess real baseball is too hard to write about.Maybe somebody’s idea of profound writing and deep thinking but I’m not a fan.
    Or maybe DJF can enter the debate at GB about the greatest video game.

    Or maybe it would be nice to discuss real Blue Jays baseball.

  42. Be afraid!!! BE VERY AFRAID!!!

  43. Finally…

    …a new logo. 

  44. The Kroeg head can go though. Every time I see that thing I want to put my fist through the monitor.

  45. Congrats Stoeten! TheScore will only benefit from your talents and fucking profanity.

  46. He’s been employed by the Score for over two years, so they are quite aware.
    It was Stoeten who got Parkes the job and off the unemployment line.

  47. Congratulations and of course…Fuck off, Stoeten

  48. Stoeten, I applaud you for announcing this so directly. And that you are giving something to us in the way of the podcast. It’s been sweet

  49. Great to hear man….congrats. You’ve put years of work into this thankless job. Nice to see its paying off and you’re getting a full time gig out of it doing what you love. Not many of us ever get that. 
    Well done, sir.

  50. piss!  moan!  congratulations!

  51. “keep in mind that we actually sold out a while back”

    No shit.

    Don’t get me wrong. You guys have done a wonderful job. The writing is amazing. I wish you all the best. But I wish the bloggers that replace you as the beacons of hope and truth for Blue Jay fans even better.

  52. You’ll still be able to terrorize Richard Griffin, right? RIGHT!?!?

    Serious question: was the whole almost-liveblogging of the Winter Meetings a devious ad-free ploy to build an even larger audience for the ad-ful future of the blog? WELL PLAYED, SIR. I mean, I remember thinking, Shiiiiiiiiit, Stoeten is getting like 6.2 million page views, and there’s nary a single penis enlargement ad!

    Anyway, congrats, knock ‘em dead. Just don’t start wearing suit jackets or complaining about the GO train at theScore, that shit is played out.

  53. On the final night of DJF as we know it..I would be remiss if i didnt post this ten times…

    …But we’re delving back into the nonsense again here. I mean,
    sure, we find some current trends a little dispiriting, but that’s only
    because implicit in the cynicism is a dedication to making music that’s
    alive. That’s the crux of what I’m blathering about. That’s what I want
    you to focus on and to take from the music. Any of this other stuff is
    important, it defines us somehow—or does whatever the fuck it is I’m
    trying to do here—but a lot of these concepts are ambiguous. They’re
    figurative things. Things that aren’t part of our day-to-day efforts.
    Things that lie inside the band and don’t really need to be discussed
    except in the most pompous, masturbatory, drunken conversations that
    don’t really ever happen, and couldn’t happen knowing that we actually
    believe what I’m saying. Well, those conversations and band bios… For
    us, it’s just there. And here, in this setting, it’s just talk.
    Ridiculous, half-assed, babble. Whatever the fuck it all means, Action
    Makes is not a figurative band. We’re down here in the earth. We know
    how to manipulate a tidal wave of sound, bring it down to a murmur, then
    set loose sinewy tendrils to pulse and push their way back to a full-on
    rush until…

    There. Is that the kind of shit you want me to say? I can’t prove it
    with words. Proving it is what records are for. That’s what the shows
    are for. It’s what our instruments are for. Fuck the gibberish and just
    bask in it. That’s all we really ask.

     

  54. …But we’re delving back into the nonsense again here. I mean,
    sure, we find some current trends a little dispiriting, but that’s only
    because implicit in the cynicism is a dedication to making music that’s
    alive. That’s the crux of what I’m blathering about. That’s what I want
    you to focus on and to take from the music. Any of this other stuff is
    important, it defines us somehow—or does whatever the fuck it is I’m
    trying to do here—but a lot of these concepts are ambiguous. They’re
    figurative things. Things that aren’t part of our day-to-day efforts.
    Things that lie inside the band and don’t really need to be discussed
    except in the most pompous, masturbatory, drunken conversations that
    don’t really ever happen, and couldn’t happen knowing that we actually
    believe what I’m saying. Well, those conversations and band bios… For
    us, it’s just there. And here, in this setting, it’s just talk.
    Ridiculous, half-assed, babble. Whatever the fuck it all means, Action
    Makes is not a figurative band. We’re down here in the earth. We know
    how to manipulate a tidal wave of sound, bring it down to a murmur, then
    set loose sinewy tendrils to pulse and push their way back to a full-on
    rush until…

    There. Is that the kind of shit you want me to say? I can’t prove it
    with words. Proving it is what records are for. That’s what the shows
    are for. It’s what our instruments are for. Fuck the gibberish and just
    bask in it. That’s all we really ask.

     

  55. …But we’re delving back into the nonsense again here. I mean,
    sure, we find some current trends a little dispiriting, but that’s only
    because implicit in the cynicism is a dedication to making music that’s
    alive. That’s the crux of what I’m blathering about. That’s what I want
    you to focus on and to take from the music. Any of this other stuff is
    important, it defines us somehow—or does whatever the fuck it is I’m
    trying to do here—but a lot of these concepts are ambiguous. They’re
    figurative things. Things that aren’t part of our day-to-day efforts.
    Things that lie inside the band and don’t really need to be discussed
    except in the most pompous, masturbatory, drunken conversations that
    don’t really ever happen, and couldn’t happen knowing that we actually
    believe what I’m saying. Well, those conversations and band bios… For
    us, it’s just there. And here, in this setting, it’s just talk.
    Ridiculous, half-assed, babble. Whatever the fuck it all means, Action
    Makes is not a figurative band. We’re down here in the earth. We know
    how to manipulate a tidal wave of sound, bring it down to a murmur, then
    set loose sinewy tendrils to pulse and push their way back to a full-on
    rush until…

    There. Is that the kind of shit you want me to say? I can’t prove it
    with words. Proving it is what records are for. That’s what the shows
    are for. It’s what our instruments are for. Fuck the gibberish and just
    bask in it. That’s all we really ask.

     

  56.  i will miss the current format. Can’t blame you for aligning with a big company but hopefully this isn’t the end of an era. also please keep the Boggs head.

  57. I fear bunk

  58. Yeah, I had expected this for a while now. Wondered why it hasn’t happened sooner.

    It’s too bad in a way. While I doubt the content changes much at The Score, the comments sections will never be the same.

  59. I don’t know what happened to JB.  Likely, he’s still posting here under a different handle.  However, he was all about people following him on twitter when he signed up, then he abruptly stopped posting there one day after posting there on a pretty consistent basis.

    Also, well played, @f4400bb9490741c64ab5d2a39db97755:disqus 

  60. The King Is Dead.  Long Live The King.
    Congratulations to you — I’m happy you’re getting what you’ve worked hard for.

    Clearly the DJF model cannot coexist while hosted at The Score, so hopefully there is another witty blogger out there that can pick up the mantle and move forward.  I’ll definitely miss the unmoderated comment threads, which were the lifeblood of this site.
    I hope you’ve thought of what your new angle will be now that you won’t be able to continue your current one, lest you disappear into the blogosphere.

  61. I don’t like change.

  62. ARIBA!

  63. I’m the real JB

  64. What’s the second best Blue Jays Blog that has a relatively un-moderated comments section? 

  65. Fuck I thought this was the last safe haven against geeky nerds and stat freaks who sound like they never left their parents basement. When I finally found somewhere with people that sound normal and now it’s taken away from me, allow me to just say….fuck. One last time. 

  66. Bergkamp posted far less frequently once Josh Towers was gone.
    Bergkamp disappeared, and Towers retired.

    This can’t just be a coincidence.

  67. The Dude abides.

  68. If The Score were an ice cream flavour, they’d be pralines and dick.

  69. I better get it in now before the swith over…

    Fuck off, Parkes.

  70. Someone needs to put Travis, Drew and Parkes in their place over at the Score.  Congratulations.  But remember not to kiss anyone’s ass over at Getting Blanked. 

    Getting Blanked has some really fun, cool and interesting stuff.  But you know, sometimes, its like reading fucking Fangraphs.  I mean, Fangraphs is a cool website but who wants to be innundated with sabremetrics all the time?  Really, why should I fucking care about which obscure pitching metric is best suited to analyze the pitching prospects of the Kansas City Royals?   Its like having to deal with stuff we don’t give a fuck about.  We all get enough of that type of shit at work.  And some of us don’t even have fucking cubicles. 

    Stay true to your writing style.  That is what brought you here in the first place.  You need to carry that vibe.  It will serve you well in the future.  Sure it sucks that we will not see any more shit-faced drunk profanity laden posts from good ole reliable Stoeten.  But don’t lose the spirit. 

    Keep writing about beer and baseball.  Pick the order you like.  And about baseball, stay true to your typical DJF reader.  We prefer sticking to Blue Jays baseball.  And any story that showcases how teams we like to hate are nothing more than overrated fuckers.   No, don’t become a delusional homer.  Just write stuff that makes long suffering Blue Jays fans smile.  Even when times are painful, like if the Yankees win another fucking pennant, we need to be reminded that there is some good in this world.  If you can do that, then we got a little something something..

    PS:  The Boggs Head is a big reason why I began lurking in this place. Funny as hell story that involves two things that many of us here love, baseball and beer. I hope you can keep an hommage to the Boggs Head somewhere somehow.

  71. Hilarious! If you want to get away from “geeky nerds” (tough to be one without the other…) or any thought in general, the move to moderated comments is exactly what you need. Dude, have you checked out Bleacher Report – you will love it.

  72. An elegant solution would be:

    http://djfcomments.blogspot.co… 

    But, I will probably be asked to take this down the second I link to someone else’s blog post as I would certainly be cutting into the Score’s revenue some how.  If I could find a way to link to new posts when they go up it would be sweet, but I am not motivated enough to follow through with it anyways.

    In all seriousness, other than swearing, personal attacks, racism, and homophobia, I am sure we can post whatever we like at The Score.  So no biggy.  I can not swear.  Can you?

  73. Congrats Stoeten.. I will happily wait until after the changes have actually occurred to make any judgement on whether this will be better or worse. Frankly this is my favorite site on the webz, and I still read Getting Blanked every day, all day so I doubt that any of this “sky is falling” silliness is anything other than those who feed off of drama wanking themselves into a fury.

    Keep doing what you’re doing. Until I found DJF I didn’t know how many others thought about baseball and the jays in particular like I do. The podcasts and videos help pass the dreary day at work until I can head down to the dome. I eagerly look forward to the DJF podcasts and endless rosterbation.   

  74. Baseball is a stats dominated game.We use past performance to  logically try to predict future results and compare current players.
    As a baseball person,I use stats all the time, the more detailed the better.But I temper the results because the stats can be twisted to suit the “stats geeks”arguements.Also the casual fan tries to use these stats in ways they were never intended.
    How many times have people used the WAR stat as an absolute?
    As in, that player has a 4 WAR projection so the team will automatically add 4 wins to their season?
    Different formulas for WAR in BR and Fangraphs.
    Stat geeks think Pythag Wins are real.
    The person who invented the UZR stats says they are flawed but stats geeks will beat down anybody who disagrees.

    The real problem with stats geeks is that they use them to mock baseball fans.They are usually pretentious and condescending.Ironically, while they DO have an large understanding about certain aspects of the game,they lack any practical experience with it.
    A lot of ”stats geeks” have never played,coached or umpired a game,yet they speak as if anybody who disagrees with them is crazy.

    I have no problem learning and listening to “stats geeks” until they start mocking everybody.

    We watch the game differently.To some the game moves slowly but for me it goes very quick.

    • @Radar “I have no problem learning and listening to “stats geeks” until they start mocking everybody.” – You could treat “stats geeks” as a variable: the statement would be true for an exceedingly large range of values.

  75. Have to agree. That common man metaphor shit sucks.

  76. Untill Bill James started writing back in 1976 or so, stats were not used by baseball coaches or general managers that much.   The only stats that were important were the ones found on the backside of bubble gum baseball cards.

    Today, statistical analysis is a very useful tool.  But scouting is equally important.  I often wince when I read an article about statistical analysis.  Half the time, it was written by an economics major who doesn’t know the difference between a curveball and a hot dog.  I am an analysist by trade (not baseball related).  We use stats but human intelligence is often more important.

    • @Ballsdeep – I am also a non-baseball analyst. Of course human intelligence is often critical – to me – but it isn’t to the stock analysts who track us. Not becuase they don’t value that info – because they don’t get it. Baseball fans have plentiful access to the stats but very limited access to proper scouting reports (I love you John Sickels, I really do).

      Proper scouting matters. Watching a game live by myself is not the same as watching a game live + receiving medical reports + proprietary radar gun info + proprietary Field F/X data + crosschecking.

      The arguments analytical fans make are based on the available data, which is 90% stats.

  77. Although Stoeten has really ramped up his content in recent months, in the summer there would often be one game threat every few days but people would still come. Why? This blog isn’t really about the articles anymore, but about the comment section.

    Excuse my ignorance, but if TheScore has moderated comments like the above seems to suggest, this site’s main advantage evaporates. Without the comment section, it’s just another blog (a good one, but one of many).

  78. good news for you, bad news for us.
    can anyone recommend a new Jays blog to replace DJF?

  79. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Whatever. Let’s get down to brass tax: when can we buy a gosh-darn DJF T-shirt, key chain, or fridge magnet ?

  80. First time commenter here, but I’ve been reading for a while and I’d just like to say thanks for all of your excellent work, and even for some of your shitty work too. As a huge baseball fan and even bigger Jays fan, this blog has been my go-to for Jays analysis for a while. You’re moving up because you’ve done good work, and we’re happy for you.

    That’s not to say I’m not worried about some of the changes, but I’ll be checking out the Score blog just like I have been with this one. If it starts to suck, I’m fucking out of there. But that was always true of this one too, and the sucking never got bad enough to drive me away here so it probably won’t do there either.

    As a previous commenter said- I’ll raise a glass and toast the death of the old DJF and the rise of the new DJF.

  81. Well, fuck me. This is the death of what made DJF a great read in the first place. . . onward I guess. But for fuck sake’s Stoeten

    GET THAT MOTHER FUCKING REX MURPHY QUOTE BACK UP THERE NOW

  82. Score needs a like button. I cannot imagine bothering to type something out every time I agree with somebody…

  83. Where’s the Rex Murphy quote?
    :(

  84. nice work lil honky

    get paid, for all this nerdy internet baseball shit. sellin-out shellin-out. a real sell out would’ve been taking a 9-5 at rogers.

    do your thing lil honky

  85. I’ve only been following the blog since the beginning of the off-season (due to a plug on fan590, I might add), but from your words I’ve come to learn a hellova lot about the team as well as the game we all are so weirdly enamored with .

    I’m titillated to see what’s in store once shit gets real.

    great job so far, you filthy drunk

    boggs head ftw

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