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!!!
Hey, so did anything happen with the Jays recently that’s worth talking about? Er… yikes.
The club will hold a press conference at 3:30 ET prior to their game in the Bronx this evening, featuring Anthopoulos, Farrell, Escobar, and Luis Rivera, presumably as a translator. We’ll be on top of it as it happens– Sportsnet, tweets Shi Davidi, will be streaming the “event” live.
At Sportsnet, Stephen Brunt suggests a five month breather from this fucking club.
At Getting Blanked, Parkes shows us how this isn’t the first time Escobar has worn– and has not been stopped from wearing– questionable text on his eye black.
Over at the Toronto Star, Cathal Kelly looks into the linguistics. “‘If you were to yell that at someone in a Cuban context, that would be deeply offensive,’ [Cuba expert, Professor Rafael] Lima said. In his view, the word can be lightened depending on how it’s used (this being the difference between taking umbrage and starting a fistfight) but always means the same thing — a homosexual man.”
Elsewhere at the Star, Doug Smith weighs in, expressing disbelief that nobody saw this and/or thought better of it, putting it on the team as a whole, decrying the excuses about context by reminding us that we’re not in a place where those words may take a different, less vile meaning, but ultimately being hopeful that the Jays handle this in a positive way that can make things better for everybody going forward.
There’s some interesting, civil discussion of the subject on the post linking back here from Baseball Think Factory. Have a look if you… y’know… find some of discussion around here wanting.
“Yunel now stands at the precipice of complete reputation destruction and he can go two ways with it,” writes Dirk Hayhurst. “He can own all of his shortcomings, make glowing and heartfelt apology, and move up. Or, he can take that same attitude that got him into this situation and become the pariah of a town that is one of the most accepting and tolerant in baseball.
Paul Attfield and Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail recap the situation, telling us that Major League Baseball is looking into the incident.
In the National Post, John Lott looks at the “internet uproar” that blew up the incident real good.
Turns out that back in March, Deadspin took a look at which sports leagues care, don’t care, or kinda care whether or not their players use the slur in question.
Turning elsewhere, FanGraphs finally breaks down the roster of the AFL’s Salt River Rafters, which is the club where Jays players have been assigned. Only Sam Dyson and Deck McGuire are reviewed, though.
“It was a great city with a great facility. The locker room was very nice and I was in the visiting locker room. And the Jumbotron in center field was simply amazing for a minor-league stadium,” gushed Jays pitcher Chad Beck about Buffalo, having visited there for the Triple-A All-Star Game this summer, according to the Buffalo News. ”One of the hard things about the minors is where am I going to eat before the game, what am I going to do after the game. We were really impressed about how there were tons of places being right there. The location was just perfect. I loved that experience. It was amazing. Five-star.”
At the Toronto Sun, Mike Rutsey cautions Anthony Gose and Adeiny Hechavarria fans that they may have to wait to see the two rookies back in Toronto– they’re very possibly slated for Triple-A Buffalo [note: ahhhh!].
Chris Toman of BlueJays.com talks to Carlos Villanueva about his commitment to education and young players in his homeland of the Dominican Republic.
At Minor League Ball, John Sickels lets us know that he’s still plugging away at all the Prospectapalooza questions that were asked of him over the weekend. I posted all the Jays-related ones he’d answered up until yesterday afternoon, but apparently there could still be more.
Jays Journal is looking for writers. I know there are lots of good minds out there in our little community– even those I don’t always agree with– and those guys provide a pretty good platform. People ask me a lot about contributing to the site, but don’t have any actual baseball-related work of their own to show me, and that’s really important if you’re ever going to do something like this. My advice is always that these folks should start their own blog, and even if no one reads, at least they’ll be able to show someone what they’re capable of, if they’re ever looking for an opportunity. Well… here’s one.
Lastly, the audio of today’s edition of Getting Blanked is up, so download the mp3 here or have a listen below. We kick it off with– what else– Escobar talk.
And double lastly, seeing as there was no game threat for me to post it in last night, here is yesterday’s video edition of Getting Blanked…