Bad karma? Tempting the Baseball gods? Shit, like they– or at the very least Rogers, and perhaps even those swine at Interbrew– don’t owe us something for the last 20 years.
Worse-than-usual Photoshopping? OK, you got me on that one. But who could blame me with the excitement of Opening Day coursing through my veins? There are only 161 games left after this, so damn it, I’m going to savour it!
And with that in mind, do I really even need to write anything else in this preamble? It’s baseball season!
Commenter Matt E provided a rundown of what he claims are “insidery” details regarding tonight’s sold out Opening Day event. Of course, we know from a Jays press release of last week that “performing both the Canadian and American national anthems will be Danielle Wade” who is in some musical or something that I don’t particularly care about. So, that kind of throws this other supposedly insider-y information into some serious question, doesn’t it? So… I don’t know here. That said, Matt tells us:
-The opening day opening ceremonies will feature the Guinness World Record largest Canadian flag ever on the field, covering basically the entire field. It weighs 2400 pounds and they’re getting around 200 U of T varsity athletes to carry the thing. It sounds like whatever marketing director thought this up has a background in US sports, because “gigantic fucking flag” and “salute the local university athletes” are right out of the Murika playbook.
-Tom Cheek tribute with big #4306 flag
-Moment of silence for Sandy Hook observed by all teams
-Someone top-secret singing the anthems, they won’t say who, but they hinted it was a “somebody”
-Mr. Geddy Fucking Lee to have his moment in the Limelight with the first pitch
From said press release we also know that: “fans are encouraged to arrive early,” that fans heading down tonight will be getting a “rally pom” when they enter, that prior to the game the Jays “will recognize the achievement of being selected by Major League Baseball and Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig as the 2012 recipient of the Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence,” and that following the game you’ll be able to get your hands on a magnet schedule when you leave.
John Lott tweets a pic of what the fancy new banners outside Rogers Centre look like (Brendan Kennedy of the Star has another), as well as J.P. Arencibia’s two gloves– one for R.A. Dickey and one for everybody else.
Shi Davidi shows us what the Dome looks like, with everything in place.
Lott also tells us that for Opening Day the Jays have issued 75 one day media passes on top of the ones for all the usual beat writers (and the tourists).
Brendan Kennedy lets us know that you can get Rosie DiManno’s Jays eBook for free until April 9th– y’know, if you’re into that kind of thing. And by “that kind of thing” I, of course, mean prose so purple it will make your fucking eyes bleed.
Mike Wilner tweets that John Gibbons thinks Brett Lawrie is still about two weeks away, though the hope is to get him into a minor league game this weekend. The 13 pitcher thing grows stupider…
Ugh. Shi Davidi reminds us that last year’s Opening Day game between the Jays and the Clevelands went on for five hours and 14 minutes. And do you know what happened? WE WON!!!
Andrew Stoeten sees the first few seconds of Sportsnet’s pre-game, pukes in his mouth a little and then tweets: “Wow. Yammy Yawger Dallas-Boston trade news to kick off the Blue Jays’ Opening Day pre-game? A new low for hockey puck bullshit, everbody!”
I’m about to head out, but don’t go thinking we’re through with content here for the night– and I don’t just mean that if the game is particularly insane or noteworthy I might find myself feeling obligated to stumble back to my desk and write a post about it. What I mean is, we’ve got Scott Johnson of Franchise Mode all set to put together an open thread of GIFs from tonight’s game. We’re going to try to stick to the really good ones, not just every mildly consequential or interesting moment, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow him at @ScottJohnson48 and throw some requests his way if you spot something.
And I’ll leave the final word to ol’ Gibbers, which comes via Chris Toman: “The talk is over. We’ve been talking for how many months now? We have to go out and do something.” Fucking right, eh? Enjoy the game, everyone. Go Jays!!!
Toronto Blue Jays
SS J. Reyes (S)
LF M. Cabrera (S)
RF J. Bautista (R)
1B E. Encarnacion (R)
DH A. Lind (L)
C J. Arencibia (R)
CF C. Rasmus (L)
3B M. Izturis (S)
2B E. Bonifacio (S)
R. Dickey RHP
CF Michael Bourn (L)
SS Asdrubal Cabrera (S)
2B Jason Kipnis (L)
1B Nick Swisher (S)
LF Michael Brantley (L)
C Carlos Santana (S)
DH Mark Reynolds (R)
3B Lonnie Chisenhall (L)
RF Drew Stubbs (R)
J. Masterson RHP
Image crop via Rickey Henderson’s insanely disproportionate forearms.