Friday barrel scrapings!
Via a team release, the Jays have officially announced that single-game tickets will go on sale Friday, February 15th at 10 AM ET. Hey, remember that time when they offered tickets to Tigers and Red Sox fans before Jays fans? Good fucking lord.
“The texts, the source said, usually came late at night, telling Anthony Bosch to come to the house,” begins an explosive continuation of the Miami New Times story, this time from T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish of ESPN. “Bosch would then head to the waterfront mansion on Biscayne Bay, through the gate on North Bay Road, to inject performance-enhancing drugs into Alex Rodriguez.” Yikes.
“It’s so exciting, and I think that’s what I’m looking forward to most, knowing that when I get to Spring Training, I can close the chapter on 2012,” said Sergio Santos, who wants to be the closer (but is perfectly OK if not), according to the latest from Gregor Chisholm at BlueJays.com. “I’m going to use it as a humbling year, gain some experience that way. This is a very humbling game, and now I have the fight and hunger more than ever to get back and prove who I was in 2011
MLBTR also has all the details on the Red Sox’ game-changing pickup of Lyle Overbay.
Checking in on the competition: at ESPN.com (Insider Olney), Buster Olney writes about what the Yankees need to go right in order to have a successful 2013. It’s a tall-ish order– essentially: Jeter has to still be good, Cano, Rivera, Teixeira and Gardner have to be better, and some other guys need to step up and contribute– but entirely doable, when you think about it. Ugh.
Continuing on the opposition trip, the latest team preview podcast is up at Baseball Prospectus, and they take a look at the Boston Red Sox.
And from the other side of that coin, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston talks to a talent evaluator who breaks down the other clubs in the AL East– and who worries about the Jays he wants “to see it. The ‘dream’ teams haven’t worked out so well lately.” He even cites the Miami Heat as a reason why he’s not yet buying the Jays’ on-paper impressiveness. Fair enough, I guess, but if that’s the worst anyone can come up with, it must be pretty damn good to be a Jays fan right now.
Aaaaand… still on that topic, at his MLBlogs.com site, Justice4U, Richard Justice wonders if the Yankees are now a last place team.
In a piece at MLB.com proper, Justice also looks at the AL East as a whole, predicting the Jays to finish on top.
Damien Cox briefly touched on the Jays in his column about the Raptors’ Rudy Gay acquisition (that’s right, hoops fans) at the Toronto Star, but he really threw me for a loop with this line: “In a broad sense, the Toronto sporting picture has surely grown more interesting, with Ray and Dickey, Reyes and Buehrle and Johnson and Cabrera, and now Gay.” Apparently, no joke, he’s really talking about the CFL guy there. For real.
Speaking of the Argos and the CFL (no, really), another Toronto Star piece points out that the Labour Day Classic– some football game on Labour Day, apparently– won’t be played this year, as the Jays are in the ‘Dome and the Cat-Tigers’ temporary home is in use as well. Just get the Argos out of there already! For their sake and everybody else’s.
At Getting Blanked, Chris Creamer of Sportslogos.net talks about some fan-made crimes against design. Meanwhile, Drew posts our most recent podcast and pretty much hits the nail on the head, explaining that “early on in the latest edition of the Getting Blanked podcast, we all sort of agree that both sides of the PED issue come off terribly, like a bunch of self-satisfied assholes. We then proceed to confirm that point beyond a shadow of a doubt.” Yep. Good times!
FanGraphs makes us aware that “an un-named Major League team is seeking a full-time intern for the 2013 season with a focus on analytics.” It requires relocation, but it’s a paid internship. Give’r.
Lastly, this infographic of Hall of Fame voting trajectories, which was linked up and tweeted in a number of places yesterday, is a little bit effing awesome.