Podcast The Fortieth!


And now a little something to kill time on a Thursday afternoon: it’s the latest episode of the DJF podcast!

Once again Chief– aka ex-Jays clubbie, Darren Kritzer of @extrabasehit– fills in for the hopelessly disinterested Wally Pip as we emphasize process, not results in Spring Training.

Today we talk Brett Lawrie’s injury, the Jon Niese rumour, the health of Sergio Santos, so-far awfulness of Bonifacio and Izturis, and more!

If you’re more inclined to download today’s podcast, hit up the mp3 link.

The DJF iTunes page remains up and running, so get on over there and subscribe– or update the subscription you already have to find the latest episode (once it’s up). You can also find it via our podcast RSS feed. FollowDJF on Facebook, too, while you’re at it.

We’ll be be back again next damn week, and we still want to hear from you! Call us (hammered) at 1-855-FOUL-TIP, or email us (hammered) at GettingBlanked@theScore.com with whatever is sticking in your craw, and we’ll dissect the best the Monkey Army has to offer!

Mintmusical interludes courtesy Toronto’s own Optical Sounds. Be sure to check them out and buy every single fucking thing you hear at their site.

Comments (25)

  1. Stoeten,

    Do you think it would be a swell idea if Anne Murray sang the national anthem for Candada?

      • Please stop… replying to your own comments– like you did when you agreed with how you extrapolated a throwaway commment from Bautista’s AMA into some massive defence of team chemistry.

        • Yes, I changed my I.D. to “That Bird” to say “I hate winfield”. Sure it’s not my best work but maybe “dave winfied hit that bird” found it funny.

          I also called myself flounder as a joke for Tom. Not so much to agree with my post, but to use the name flounder. I prefer to have you try to argue against the myth of team chemistry than to make fake posts to look like people agree with it. Though it’s cool when people agree with my position, it really doesn’t mean as much as it would for you to prove and quantify how team chemistry is a myth. I may not have been able to prove how team chemistry matters, but you haven’t persuaded or quantified how it’s irrelevant.

          And here I’m joking about your typical comeback to any comment Canadian related.
          I went with “please stop” over “just stop”.
          Imitation is a form of flattery. I’m now growing a beard and drinking on a beer belly!
          Are you kidding me? You have my dream life. Ewok bastard.

          You don’t find it funny, and it’s your blog, so I’ll stick with Little Looper and stop using
          blue hued Oakville
          I’m outta here
          sane and rational jays fan
          that bird
          pant pisser
          or whichever handle I’ve called myself.
          Didn’t realize you can’t do that.


        • To be honest, I’m more upset about you taking Smasher’s uterus than I am about your views on team chemistry.

        • Changing names to agree with yourself is lame but when Looper did it by changing his name to FLOUNDER, I don’t think he thought he was actually fooling anybody.

          • I read it out of context, so I’ll give him that.

            • Anne Murray, she would make me weep with Canadian Maple syrup if she sang.

              But then again, Celine Dionne could shake the fuckin joint right up too. That is until, I holler out, “Celine, why the long face! ”


  2. ITALY 6 MEXICO 5!

    What a game! Amazing throughout! That was better than 90% of Jays games these past two decades! (that may be overstating things, but that was awesome!)

  3. Don’t tell me you’re going soft in Cox

  4. Does anyone else find Darren kinda annoying? If its just me I’ll shut up but he seems pretty full of himself

  5. Jose Reyes 4 for 4 so far in the WBC.

  6. Man, that infield with Reyes, Cano and Encarnacion looks really nice. Any chance Rogers goes for the dynasty and opens up the vault?

  7. Stoeten stole Smashers Uterus, but he will never take my nasty, DNA stained, mullet. Ever.

    • Are you trying to say that Slick Willie (aka Bubba aka The Big Dog) somehow managed to stain not only the little blue dress but also soiled your coiffure?

      Say it ain’t so, Joe.

  8. This Japan-Chinese Taipei game is ridiculous. Tied at 3, Taipei has 2 on with 2 out in bottom 9.

  9. a quote from Aaron Hill about his struggles with Jays and incredible turnaround after going to Arizona:

    “Automatically you’re putting the pressure on yourself,” Hill added. “At the same time looking back, I’m glad I went through some of the struggles, because you learn a lot more mentally than anything, and this game is much more mental than physical. You’ve got to put in your time, put in your work, but to know and believe that what you’ve been doing your whole life will come out of it, I tried so many different things. I don’t think I stuck with one thing more than a week or so because I was frustrated with the way things were going. I don’t think you can do it that way.”

  10. if the mental aspect (which includes frame of mind, which is partially influenced by the culture of the club house, which is partially influenced by leadership) is nearly as important as Hill implies (or Michael Lewis of Moneyball fame – i.e. the Billy Beane story), this would seem to imply that a manager is a more important piece of the puzzle than some people give credit for. I think part of the reason is that it is likely nobody has tried to objectively measure the number of wins a manager provides…is this even possible? Of course a manager’s impact in baseball is far less than it is for hockey or football (which are true team games and require teamwork and systems/plays in order to be successful) but there has to be some kind of impact.

    • The numbers quoted often are, a manager’s influence on a team is no more than 5 loses or 3 wins.People have tried to quantify this but I haven’t seen the study.
      While a players indiivdual performance does influence team success,other factors,other than physical ability, influence the player.
      Ironically,the next post on DJF speaks to strategies used in a PS game but these supposedly don’t exist in the real world?
      How many games were lost by Farrell due to bad strategy?How many were won by the shift?Impossible to quantify due to ever changing game situations.
      Can a manager influence a player into playing better,both physically and mentally?
      Will this influence be positive for some players and negative for others?
      The short answer is yes.
      There’s too many examples to ignore.

  11. Ugh… not sure if it’s intentional or not, but the inferiority complex we have with Americans is so frustrating (see: beginning of podcast making a joke about Americans drinking and driving). Not sure if you know it, but these kind of comments make Canadians look like an even bigger joke in the eyes of Americans. And we think we are so much “better” than them. The truth is, we are just as bad… just stupid and frustrating. That is all.

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