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).
Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star reports yet another incident between fans and security at Rogers Centre, as last night a pair of cousins were told they’d be ejected if they were seen having an additional beverage– which, according to their story, would have been their second each. Because, that’s really going to go over well, eh Rogers?
Dan Syzmborski writes at ESPN.com (Insider Only) about ZiPS-based playoff projections, which now has the Jays way down… to 26.3%. I’ll take the shit out of that, for sure. (They began the year above 60%, though.)
At Sportsnet, Ben Nicholson-Smith runs down a bunch of middle infield options from throughout baseball that the Jays could– and, let’s be honest, probably should– be looking at.
In a notebook post at BlueJays.com, Evan Peaslee looks at the struggles of Melky Cabrera, and the medical issues of R.A. Dickey (whose MRI came back clean today, aside from some inflammation) and Josh Johnson, who remain slated to start Friday and Saturday for the Jays. Ricky Romero, John Gibbons said today, is an option if DL time becomes necessary, but the club says they’d prefer to have him stay in the minors longer, ideally– more on this in tonight’s Game Threat!
According to a team release, the Toronto chapter of the BBWAA has named Edwin Encarnacion the Jays player of the month for April. Shocking, I know.
Mike Rutsey of the Toronto Sun tells us that Brett Lawrie is going to stay in the lead-off spot for a while.
Gregor Chisholm writes at BlueJays.com about the players-only meeting called over the weekend by Mark DeRosa, speaking to the man who brings the Veteran Presents about the situation. Jeff Blair speaks to this in the Globe and Mail, as well.
At gamereax, Dan Toman spots a spectacular reaction from John Farrell following Edwin Encarnacion’s second blast last night. Suck it, Farrell!
At NESN.com, Jarrod Saltalamacchia talks to Boston reporters about the fact that his hand supposedly hit the umpire’s mask on his errant snap throw to first base that ended up costing the Red Sox two runs last night. Apparently it should have been ruled a dead ball at the point of contact between the catcher and ump– though… you’d think the umpire might have noticed a thing like that, eh?
The other day I mentioned a Globe and Mail piece about Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, and the season she and her husband spent in Montreal, which prompted some folks to remind me that the Canadian Baseball Network Podcast had an excellent chat about that very subject earlier in the month.
Charlie Caskey indulges all things negative in the Vancouver Sun, pivoting off some tweets from yours truly! One, I’d like to point out, is slightly out of context, though. In response to someone revelling in negativity telling me that “some people are just realistic,” I replied, “It’s true. But not the ones into week three of panicky idiocy.” Maybe it got lost in the brevity of Twitter, but the intention wasn”t to scoff at the negative, but to scoff at the people who’d been gearing up the negativity for weeks, including back when it was much, much, much less warranted than it was following the Baltimore and New York road trip.
One more time, just so we’re all clear: I do not work for Rogers. Rogers bought the Score’s TV properties only. The digital media properties (the blogs, website, and mobile app) have become their own company, which has retained the name theScore. The TV station, which is officially owned by Rogers now, following this week’s CRTC approval, will change its name on July 1st. I understand that the shared name is going to continue to be confusing, but this really isn’t rocket surgery.
Lastly, CBS Boston tells us of a New Hampshire man who lost $2,300, his life savings, on a carnival game while attempting to win an Xbox Kinect– which last I checked, cost less than $2,300. He ended up walking away with only the exact same Rasta banana as Brett Lawrie won last summer. Think he didnttt?