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.