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).
“So, if that was what that was on a late-April afternoon,” a wise man tweeted this afternoon, “September baseball is going to kill all of us, isn’t it?”
Shi Davidi of Sportsnet wraps up this afternoon’s heart-stopping affair, providing some money post game quotes:
“Sometimes you’ve got to look at yourself in the mirror and say we’ve got to fix some things.” – J.P. Arencibia
“Basically I went out there to keep (Lawrie) from getting thrown out, and I asked the guy where was that pitch, and then he chucked me. You can’t argue balls and strikes, I’m not so sure I was doing that.” – John Gibbons
“I was going to have to get just completely run over to let that run go by.” – Arencibia on the Davis play
“Better this week. I did a little more pre-game warmup and felt looser in the first than I did last week.” – Brandon Morrow on his velocity.
At Getting Blanked, Drew reminds us that defence matters, showing off the MLB.com video of Rajai Davis’s great throw to get Manny Machado’s would-be game winning run.
Sportslogos.net has a rather nifty feature that show each club and each day’s uniform matchups, and a quick count shows that the 2013 Jays are now 7-6 when wearing their blue alternate jerseys.
Matt Eddy of Baseball America takes a much less heavy-handed look at the Jays’ waiver games than we’ve seen elsewhere this week, talking to agents who insist that the Jays have been up front with the players they’ve claimed, and that players understand it’s all part of the business. “It’s one of those deals where if you have somebody who’s a bright GM, he’s going to find cost-efficient ways to acquire players and essentially stash them in the minors. It’s not advantageous to player, certainly, but this is what clubs and agents do all the time—find creative loopholes to better their cause. Alex has done a great job at that,” said one anonymous agent whose player had been claimed by the Jays. “Whether it’s fair or not fair, you have to admire the Blue Jays’ creativity.”
Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun starts a piece on the Jays’ recent woes by looking to slam the “usual suspects” who are preaching patience and insisting that it’s still early– but he pulls a nice trick by pointing out that they’re right, before running through a host of worrisome trends we’ve seen so far. Flattery will get you everywhere!
Tom Maloney of the Globe and Mail says that signs are pointing to the Jays leaving their spring home of Dunedin, which would be a real shame– though not entirely surprising, given the distance between Grant Field and their minor league complex.
In the National Post, John Lott wraps up the Jays’ previous three games, speaking to J.A. Happ about breaks eventually going the Jays way, looking at the pain that R.A. Dickey has been pitching through, while also looking at how much work the bullpen has put in so far. He takes a look back at today’s rollercoaster victory as well.
Richard Griffin also wraps up today’s victory, over in the Toronto Star.
Lastly, elsewhere in the Star, Doug Smith does some finger wagging at Jays fans not acting like “respectful human beings,” while it looks like the police may not have fallen under that banner,either, during a violent ejection caught on video. In a follow-up piece the police defends the action of the officers. “He was told to step back and he was cautioned several times but he continued to encroach on the officers [as they carried out the arrest of another man],” said a spokesperson for the department. “He approached an officer in an aggressive manner, yelling and screaming at him, demanding his name and badge number. At that point he was arrested for causing a disturbance.” So, y’know, should probably bash his head into a brick wall, amiright?