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 Afternoon Snack… er… Afternoon Hangover… er… links!!!
In the shadow of tragedy, and some despicably thoughtless actions by a handful of “fans,” comes uplifting news: Omar Malave’s family has already reached their fundraising goal in trying to pay for a life-saving operation for the GSL Jays’ manager’s granddaughter, thanks to support from all kinds of fans and folks connected with the organization– not to mention the great work of Bob Elliott in getting the story out there.
Mike Wilner has also been key in getting the word out about the Malaves, and did so again in his post-game post last night at whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, touching on last night’s unfortunateness, as well.
At the National Post, John Lott talks to Ricky Romero about coping with his struggles this year, but it’s Darren Oliver who steals the show, telling Romero to check his locker, having placed a media guide there, highlighting a pair of Oliver’s worst seasons in it. According to Romero, “he’s like, ‘It happens. It happens to the best.’ ” GOLD! Darren Oliver is the best.
Elsewhere at the Star, health reporter Megan Ogilvie looks at some of the gut-busting garbage available for way too much money– sorta like everything else– down at Rogers Centre.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun talks to Brad Lincoln, who is working through some struggles early on in his Jays career– and who apparently has deleted his Twitter account. I can only imagine the insufferable morons who must have been trying to shit down his throat after his recent performances, so it’s hard to blame him for that.
Paul Atfield of the Globe and Mail talks to Aaron Laffey about his performance last night, and discusses the pseudo audition process that’s going on for Jays pitchers, after Alex Anthopoulos said publicly this week that only Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero are assured of rotation spots for next season.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels looks at Vancouver pitcher Roberto Osuna, who has impressed him with his performance against players two-to-four years older than he is in the Northwest League this year. He suggests he’s contemplating grading him as a strong “B” prospect, or perhaps a “B+” in his next guidebook, and passes along an even more detailed scouting report from MLB Dirt.
I was saving yesterday’s turd from the Toronto Star by Damien Cox for a Book of Morons piece– either on him or whoever the fuck actually lets him pontificate about baseball– but I’ve decided that it would take too much effort just to get to a conclusion we all already know.
Mop Up Duty takes a look at the incoming Texas Rangers, who get their turn beating up on the Blue JAAAys starting tonight.
Christian Corona of MLB.com also previews the series, looking at Yu Darvish– heard of him?– and his quest for consistency.
Lastly, it’s Friday, which means it’s time for the always-spectacular Getting Blanked GIFs of the Week.