Leading off, as always (or usual), it’s today’s edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast– which for the duration of the season will be coming at you daily! We’re not double posting this year, but I’ll be sure to include the link in the first Daily Duce or Game Threat that follows the post going up over at Getting Blanked. Otherwise, you can find the podcast at Getting Blanked on iTunes, get it via the RSS feed we have setup, or like Getting Blanked on Facebook in order to get each day’s podcast straight into your news feed (and while you’re at it, go ahead and like DJF on Facebook, too).
If you missed it earlier, you can check out my appearance with Matt Galloway on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning via their iTunes page. Or… at least, it works on my phone. Not seeing it yet on the web version.
Also for your listening pleasure, Alex Anthopoulos was on Montreal’s The Kaufman Show last night– have a listen, get yourself in the mood.
Must-read stuff for any rational fan on the business of the Jays, from Steve Ladurantaye of the Globe and Mail.
Elsewhere from the Globe and Mail: Tom Maloney talks about the Jays’ Dominican connection, as well as the club’s high powered rotation. Jeff Blair talks to John Gibbons about the club’s closer non-situation which, for lack of any other situations, is being portrayed (and hardly just by Blair) as a situation.
From the National Post: John Lott looks at R.A. Dickey, who hopes his “history” with a championship little league Blue Jays team repeats itself– and in another piece he talks team chemistry. Elsewhere, the Post smartly goes back through their archives and pulls out some of their key pieces– and best writing of Spring Training.
From the Toronto Star: Mark Zwolinski gives five things to consider as the Jays embark on a new season– though it includes the idea that “J.P. Arencibia appears primed for a huge season,” so get your grains of salt ready. Elsewhere Richard Griffin talks expectations, while Curtis Rush looks at the club’s upcoming schedule, and how hard it is to get tickets– even Tyler Bozak can’t get one!
Plenty from the Toronto Sun: Bob Elliott compares this year’s Jays to last year’s version, and also asks, Who will finish last in the AL East? Ken Fidlin focuses on tonight’s opponents, reviewing Cleveland’s impressive off-season, and something something Steve Simmons.
Today in Schadenfreude, it’s FanGraphs, who suggest that C.C. Sabathia’s velocity is definitely worth watching.
Pretty sure it was said somewhere on the radio, so I don’t have a source, but folks are saying that Mike Wilner will be doing play-by-play in the fifth and sixth innings radio broadcasts this year. A well-earned place on the big roster after an excellent spring.
Travis Reitsma of Getting Blanked makes his predictions, having the Jays just hosting the Texas Rangers in the AL Wild Card play-in game, and at Grantland, Jonah Keri has them in that game, visiting the Angels.
At Franchise Mode, Scott Johnson looks at how MLB 13: The Show is winning the social media game by being kinda awesome at it.
Once again I wasn’t asked to be a part of the National Post‘s Blue Jays blogger’s panel, and once again I’m linking to it anyway. When will I ever learn?
The Blue Jay Hunter gives ten reasons to be excited about the 2013 season– as if you needed that many.
The Garrison Creek Bat Co. is having a “Season Opener” event tonight at the Steamwhistle brewery. On the Facebook event page they explain: “featuring customized baseball bats and art from 30 different artists, illustrators and craftspeople, and live music from The Beverleys, this year’s Season Opener is set to be a fantastic show. What’s more, GCBC has provided the Jays Care Foundation with a hand-turned GCBC bat to be signed by members of the the 2013 Toronto BlueJays, which will be raffled off for charity at the show!”
Speaking of events, for those of you who can’t make it to tonight’s game, but want to enjoy it in the company of like minded fans with some $5 pints and free ballpark dogs, our friends at Opera Bob’s at Dundas and Ossington can probably hook you up. *WINK*
At Fanatico, Parkes checks in with this week’s always excellent Sports Culture Happiness Index.