Programming note: here’s where you’d find today’s daily edition of the Getting Blanked Podcast– unless, like yesterday, we just don’t manage to get it in (which will be a rare occurrence, I assure you). And unless, like today, we’re moving out of palatial Score Towers and into even more palatial Score Digital Loftspace. We’ll be back podcasting at you on Monday… unless we’re not!
Speaking of podcasting, the Huffington Post lists our little DJF Podcast as one of Canada’s best. Sweet!
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Gregor Chisholm writes that Jose Bautista is expected to play tonight after twisting his ankle late in last night’s game, among other items. In an earlier notebook post he wrote about the encouraging results so far for Brett Cecil, whose velocity seems to be improved.
At ESPN.com (Insider Olney), Buster Olney writes about Bautista and umpires, pointing out that plenty of players with great relationships with umpires express their disagreements with them honestly– though not through the media, and certainly not using the word mediocrity. He ends on a completely sensible point: “It can’t help him to react the way he does; it may hurt him.” But as I said yesterday– and Bautista admitted himself– if he’s been hurt by it, it certainly doesn’t show up in any of the numbers.
The St. Petersburg Tribune writes that the City of Dunedin is working on a strategy to keep the Jays from leaving town when their lease at the former Grant Field expires in 2017.
Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Plenty of stuff from yesterday’s Bisons opener in Buffalo, which was attended by just 4,000 fewer people than the Jays’ first win of the season:
- Cathal Kelly gives a rundown in the Toronto Star, and get the money quote from Bisons manager Marty Brown on Anthony Gose. “Grady [Sizemore] was a manager’s dream. This guy is better than Grady.” Swoon!
- Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail gets the same quote, but adds more crucial context from Brown. “He needs to solidify himself as an everyday player, which means he needs to hit left-handed pitching much better,” the Bisons manager said. “And quite frankly he’s probably going to have to learn more about that at the Major League level. If you’re a good left-hander in this league you’re usually in the big leagues.”
- Paul Casella of BlueJays.com notes that the Peace Bridge was lit up in Bisons colours for the second straight night on Thursday.
- Jays Prospects previews the 2013 Bisons.
Elsewhere, Shi Davidi previews the season for the Jays’ entire minor league system over at Sportsnet.
Davidi and Michael Grange go back and forth on what to do about John Farrell, as he makes his return to Toronto tonight as the manager of the Boston Red Sox.
In the Toronto Sun, Steve Buffery writes that Farrell and his “duplicitous ways” aren’t worth getting riled up about.
Elsewhere in the Sun, Bill Lankhof says that John Gibbons is content with his bullpen.
Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post writes about the fan experience at the home opener, which was frustrating for many– especially those in the 500s waiting for beer.
Elsewhere in the Post, John Lott talks to the awesome Sergio Santos, who won’t second guess the pitch that Mark Reynold hit out on Wednesday night.
Steal Of Home looks at this week in Home Run Damage, noting that the Jays had both the highest (J.P. Arencibia) and lowest (Edwin Encarnacion) apex of any of the bombs hit in the Majors.
Mop Up Duty takes a look at R.A. Dickey and his Opening Night knuckleballs.
Somewhat related, Ben Lindbergh introduces This Week In Catcher Framing at Baseball Prospectus (not paywall’d!).
Alan Ashby, now back in the Houston Astros’ broadcast booth, made a kind of weird comment about Yu Darvish, and according to Big League Stew made a kind of weird apology.
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs looks at Roy Halladay’s most recent start, which didn’t exactly do a whole lot to convince anyone that the Hall-of-Fame-bound 35-year-old.
Jeff Pearlman has a Q&A with former Jay and former Roy Halladay shin-destroyer, Kevin Mench.
Mother Jones looks at baseball’s asshole-ish owners– with a U.S. political bent– and figure that the Jays ownership is pretty inoffensive. Sure…
Read it: Jonah Keri’s awesome Q&A with Pete Rose at Grantland.
Awesome as always, it’s the Getting Blanked GIFs of the Week.
Lastly, Graeme Phillips of NOW Magazine was at Opening Day and provides this video review, including a rather hilarious kid and some people answering questions seriously while wearing ridiculous things.