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).
Rather than 10 Stray Thoughts On A Friday, Parkes checks in with a very special column: Ten Stray Things I Hate About This Column (On A Friday)– an epic takedown of Trolololosi’s brand new BE CONCERNED piece aimed at Jays fans on FoxSports.com.
Minor move today, as via an official release the Jays announced that Casper Wells is now on the 40-man, Edgar Gonzalez has cleared waivers and is on his way to Buffalo, Alex Burnett has been claimed by the Orioles, and all of these guys, apparently, exist.
Colby Cosh of Macleans looks at the ridiculousness in the media surrounding the supposedly high home run rate so far at Rogers Centre this season. “The phenomenon can be tenuously pegged to some hypothetical or downright imaginary changes in airflow and other conditions at Rogers,” he writes.
At gamereax, Chris Toman covers a lot of the same ground I covered yesterday regarding Josh Johnson, velocity, and the cold. No Trolololosi, though.
At North Of The Border, Gregor Chisholm transcribes the media scrum held by Alex Anthopoulos earlier in the week. Lots of good stuff in there!
At Bluebird Banter, jays182 previews tonight’s opposing starter, who faced the Jays twice last year, giving up nine and ten hits in a pair of Royals losses.
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs wonders if Mark Buehrle is going to lose to a teammate… in the race to be crowned the Major League pitcher with the fastest pace. R.A. Dickey sure works quick, too.
No need to worry, guys, Bruce Arthur of the National Post says there’s no need to panic.
At Sportsnet, Michael Grange urges Jays fans to figure it the fuck out. Or… maybe not in those exact words.
The Ack, writing over at the Tao Of Stieb, says that patience is a virtue.
A couple of Jays-related tidbits in the latest Fantasy Mailbag at Baseball Prospectus.
The Blue Jay Hunter catches up with former beer man “Ice Cold” Wayne– the fan favourite who was unceremoniously fired in 2008, then got rather curiously quiet about the affair…
Dirk Hayhurst reflects, rather awesomely, on watching a woman getting shitfaced on Bud Light.
Looking for an outlet for your Jays-related writing? Please don’t ask me about it! But why not try Jays Journal, who posted this week that they are currently looking for writers.
Shout out to the readers who visited my friend Colin at his restaurant yesterday and asked him to change the channel to baseball. Did you try the just the tip carrot soup?
Speaking of Jays Journal, over there Charlie Caskey takes a look at the week that was in the club’s minor league system.
From Getting Blanked, it’s A.J. Burnett in his natural habitat!
Lastly, it’s the always-awesome Getting Blanked GIFs Of The Week– featuring an appearance from your new favourite and mine, Trolololosi!