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).
Barry Davis of the Rogers-owned Rogers Sportsnet tweets that the Rogers-owned Blue Jays will have Jose Bautista in the lineup tonight at the Rogers-owned Rogers Centre. Huzzah!
Parkes and I watched 42 and talked about it in the National Post on their Popcorn Panel.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Steph Rogers and Evan Peaslee talk to Chad Mottola about the offence pressing, Casey Janssen’s success, Brett Lawrie’s quest for timing, and Ramon Ortiz about actually being still in the Majors.
Speaking of Casey Janssen, Mike Wilner talks about his surprising awesomeness, among other things, in his post-game report at Sportsnet.
And speaking of Janssen still, Parkes kicks off Ten Stray Thoughts on a Friday at Getting Blanked with a look at how generous umpires have been with the Jays’ closer this year– and how he might be kinda awesome anyway.
In the Globe and Mail, Jeff Blair talks about the Jays brief pursuit of Anibal Sanchez this winter, but mostly about Emilio Bonifacio, who hitting coach Chad Mottola thinks is going to be fine.
Hello, Monday! Richard Griffin has a new mail bag up at the Toronto Star. As always, I have not read any of his answers.
Elsewhere in the Star, Daniel Girard looks at the plethora of ex-Jays who are in town this weekend as members of the New York Yankees.
In the Toronto Sun, Bob Elliott writes some horseshit about Jack Morris being a Hall of Fame pitcher, ignoring all the sound arguments against him (which are, in fact, all of the arguments), and ignoring the fact that, back in his first year on the ballot, when his wonderful career was fresher in the minds of a much, much older and less sabermetrically-inclined electorate– and before it had been so badly disparaged by new-age thinkers– he received support on 22.2% of the ballot. The following year? 19.6%. So… yeah. If you’re into that kind of thing, go ahead and read that.
House of the Bluebird provides some early-season notes and observations.
At Jays Journal, Charlie Caskey takes us through the past week in the Jays’ minor league system, while Kyle Matte indulges the idea that the Jays ought to be clairvoyant when it comes to injury recovery times.
Thirsty and in the east end? For one, don’t hate me for my parting shot in today’s podcast. For two! Check out Thirst Base Thursdays, presented by Blue Jays Way and Left Field Brewery, which kicks off next week at Riverside Public House somewhere between here and Cornwall.
Lastly, it’s your Friday favourite, the Getting Blanked GIFs Of The Week!