Now it’s time for all the stuff I don’t figure on making full posts out of, with the spiffy ALTERNATE graphic by Matt English (aka @mattomic) that I just couldn’t keep letting stay dormant. It’s your Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!

Just in case you glossed over it in yesterday’s Game Threat, Alex Anthopoulos made it pretty clear how much stock he thinks we should put into the rumors that he’s been feeling around the Phillies’ Cole Hamels.

Here’s why we’ll be crowdsourcing it in the future: while I called the Thames-Lawrie play the obvious choice for the Most GIFfable Moment of the Weekend, in Getting Blanked’s URL Weaver this morning we have another high-quality candidate: Jose and Brett bustin’ some moves.

Speaking of Getting Blanked, while it’s not Jays-related, Today In Poorly Formed Thoughts is always good for a chuckle.

And Travis Reitsma posted another Jays moment from the weekend that’s worth re-watching– especially when set to the theme from Superman.

Guy Spurrier of the National Post goes into the Pitch F/X to try and assess whether Jose Bautista might be coming out of his slump.

This weekend’s always-interesting Home Run Damage Report from Steal of Home tells us that Bautista went yard with the lowest apex of anybody, his laser beam on Saturday that was initially ruled a double reaching just 48 feet.

And sticking with Joey Bats, it turns out he might be a classy motherfucker. The Toronto Sun tells us that Saturday’s win was John Farrell’s 100th as the Jays’ manager. ““Honestly I didn’t know it until there was a bottle of champagne sitting in an ice cooler when I walked in (to my office), compliments of Jose Bautista,” the manager said.

Sue Bailey of the Canadian Press, via the Toronto Star, talks to Brandon Morrow, who is embracing being a role model for diabetics.

At the Tao of Stieb, the Org Guy talks some goddamned sense about why fans shouldn’t feel defeated with the Jays coming home off a .500 road trip.

BlueJays.com tells us of how the Jays are kicking off their seasonal baseball academy program in Canada, and… some kind of Rogers- or Jays-related program to bring baseball to the kids of Haiti, or something.

RJ Anderson of Baseball Prospectus (Paywall’d) does his Transaction Analysis thing regarding the Jays’ pickup of Vlad Guerrero.

Lastly, stay tuned for the DJF Podcast later today, and be sure you’re subscribed on iTunes. Also watch for today’s video edition of the Getting Blanked Show, which will be up very shortly. Subscribe for all that goodness on YouTube, and– in the mean time– enjoy the audio only version of the show here.

Comments (12)

  1. Wait, I thought Joey Bats was a douche?

  2. It sucks that we almost got overlord-relief-ace Koji Uehara off of Texas until he nixed the deal and instead we ended up with Coco Cordero.

  3. Wow compare the Jays with players buying champagne for the manager to Boston where beer is now banned and the manager was run out of town and the new one is not being well-received, etc.

    Bet Farrell is having less and less regrets taking the Jays job over the (later on) Boston opening.

  4. I have a great news fellas. Lindy is back at 4th. Can’t wait for him to mash couple of bombs tonight.

  5. That Post article helped to somewhat rejuvenate my optimism for Bautista.

  6. It’s all fine and dandy to go 5-5 on the road trip but let’s keep in mind the combined record of the 3 teams they went .500 against is 43-61. Not gonna get much worse than that on an AL road trip.

  7. Funny that nobody has mentioned the 4-2-4 schedule of the trip, those series tend to split, and that’s exactly what happened to the Jays. Not that you can blame the 5-5 just on that but…

  8. My god, are we allowed to have an opinion about a road trip or a win-loss record without having this “That’s baseball!” “The best teams lose 70 games a year!” and “Even good teams go .500 on the road!” nonsense parroted back at us.

    Yes, all of the above are true. But for people that are supposedly statistically inclined, I would’ve thought they’d be smart enough to realize you don’t go .500 on the road by going .500 in every ballpark in America. You don’t win 90 games by barely scraping over .500 against poor teams. You go .500 on the road and win 90 games by taking 3 out of 4 or 6 or 7 out of 10 against teams ranging on the spectrum, from “struggling” to “downright atrocious.”

    This gives you the margin of error necessary to get your brains beat in against Texas and New York and Detroit and Tampa Bay and so on.

    I don’t think anyone was expecting to go 10-0 on the road trip, but 6-4 or 7-3 were perfectly reasonably expectations. By no means did this road trip mean the Titanic is sinking or mark a lost season, but these were winnable games that became losses that reduce the team’s margin for error going forward.

    Just as most of us were relieved and/or pleasantly surprised by taking 2 out of 3 from Texas. We are discouraged by a road trip in which we underachieved. This is what happens. You are unusually happy when your team outperforms expectations, and you are disappointed when your team underpeforms expectations. This is what fans do.

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