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!!!
The Toronto Star notices that Brett Lawrie claimed to be signing off twitter forever at some point last night, though it seems unclear whether or not this is true. I was alerted to some weird, bullshit Brett Lawrie girlfriend-related nonsense post that no one should take seriously I wasn’t going to bother linking to on some site called The Dirty around the same time. Hmmm.
Speaking of Twitter, Edwin Encarnacion laid this down for his tweeps last night: “Te Merecia esa victoria desde hace tiempo pero solo Dios sabe como haces las cosa hay q estar conforme con lo q Dios nos da you deserve riky.” Google translates it to “You deserved that victory in a while but only God knows how to do the thing’s q q conform with what God gives you deserve riky.” Um… that’s probably not quite right.
The National Post seriously does its sports section right. John Lott talks to the Jays about the thrill of playing in a playoff atmosphere, even though it’s Baltimore’s, and talks to Shawn Hill, who came home from pitching for Canada at the WBC qualifiers in Germany, was the best man at a wedding on Saturday, and while there received a text: he’d been called to the Majors.
Meanwhile, Guy Spurrier takes a look deep into the numbers, wondering what could have been if Bautista, Lawrie and Arencibia had been healthy in the second half.
Maple Boner Alert: Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun remarks on Canada’s win at the World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament, and puts together a list of potential candidates for the real squad– including Pirates prospect Jameson Taillon, a dual citizen, but not Cards prospect Oscar Tavares. Make Tavares happen, Baseball Canada!
Elsewhere in the Sun, Ken Fidlin writes that Henderson Alvarez needs to be better. The solution: a reliable third pitch. Shocking, I know.
At whatever they’re calling Miked Up these days, Wilner does an excellent job– as usual– of recapping yesterday’s Jays action.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Jeff Seidel writes that John Farrell still has faith in Brad fucking Lincoln, despite most of the city having taken to calling him “Brad fucking Lincoln” by this point, and that the manager insists that his clubhouse is certainly not consequence free, but that any disciplinary action they take is kept in house.
Jays Journal wonders if Adeiny Hechavarria has improved enough at the plate, and feels optimistic about the possibility. Heart Hech!
An AP article, via the Globe and Mail, says that David Ortiz feels confident he’ll remain in Boston next year. Kinda. On the notion of the Red Sox letting him test the free agent market, he says that, if it happens, “of course, I’m going to have to go and ask the (contract) question of somebody else, but I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”
Lastly, at Getting Blanked, Parkes looks at who each MLB team would use their amnesty clause on, if baseball had such a thing the way that the NBA does. Not a lot to choose from for the Jays.