Think you can– think you can– think you can bench press a Scion?
Jays In Montreal tickets are on sale! Or… pre-sale. Or, whatever. You should probably go. I suspect some kind of DJF meet-up would be in order– or the Monkey Army could just tag along with all the big plans Jonah Keri is making, which he tweets is totally cool, as is joining his crew in section 117 for the Saturday game.
Interesting stuff from late last week at the Toronto Star, as Morgan Campbell takes a look at the state of the Jays as a business entity, and how they fit into Rogers’ overall strategy. Always interesting stuff.
Elsewhere in the Star, Richard Griffin (rightly) says that the Jose Bautista trade stuff we’ve heard invented by bored reporters in recent months doesn’t make sense, while in his new Bullpen post, Griff wonders how much the Jays will need to spend in 2014 in order to compete, among other goodies. Meanwhile, Brendan Kennedy tells the story of young Haitian ballplayer Wilson Izadore, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Rogers Centre on Sunday, and speaks to Buck Showalter as he explores what the Jays might be able to learn from Baltimore. Money quote from the Orioles’ skip: “Your momentum, your attitude and your culture, a lot of the time, is driven by your starting pitcher that day.” So can we stop with the “winning culture” bullshit now, please, everyone?
In the Toronto Sun, despite the silliness about apologizing to umpires (and… OK, a bunch of others), Bob Elliott puts together a solid wish list for the 2014 Jays.
In a great one from last week, John Lott of the National Post talks to Mark Buehrle about reuniting with his family– and, of course, his dogs– after the season, and the difficulty of being away over the course of the season.
Also from the Post, mostly in the guise of game stories, Lott talks about J.A. Happ’s struggle to gain confidence and respect, as well as Buehrle’s push towards 200 innings.
Scott MacArthur of TSN.ca talks to Casey Janssen, who– despite some shaky outings of late, and a poor season overall from his club– has thrived in 2013.
Asking the question that’s on nobody’s mind, Bluebird Banter wonders if the Jays should take a shot at just-released ex-Pirate James McDonald. Big game James! (Seriously, though, why the hell not?)
At Sportsnet, Shi Davidi looks at some (somewhat dubious) defensive analytics in a search for the Jays’ weak spots, and talks about R.A. Dickey, whose evolution– especially at home– is vital to the Jays’ success going forward. Meanwhile, Ben Nicholson-Smith, in a notebook post, looks at Adam Lind’s strong recent play, and Mike Wilner relays a great story to remind us that baseball is great, no matter what the results are.
Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com profiles Kevin Pillar, who he likes enough to say is an “ideal fourth outfielder” in the worst case scenario.
Not to be outdone by Richard Griffin and the Griff Bag I’ll probably have hijacked by tomorrow morning, Gregor Chisholm answers reader questions in his latest Inbox post at BlueJays.com.
Elsewhere at BlueJays.com, Evan Peaslee talks about Roberto Alomar’s excitement for the upcoming Canadian amateur tournament the club is going to host, while in a notebook post, he tells us about Adam Lind’s 20th home run of the year, and notes that Brett Lawrie looks good hitting in the two-spot for the club, according to John Gibbons. And Gregor tells us that J.P. Arencibia has been named the Jays’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente award, based on his charitable work and contributions to the community.
In the Globe and Mail, Tom Maloney writes about Moises Sierra’s struggles with the fundamentals, while story from the AP notes the retirement of one-time Jays farmhand (you know, in 2012!) Vladimir Guerrero.
MLBTR polls its readers to ask whether Josh Johnson should receive a qualifying offer from the Jays, and some people even said yes!
Further to a point made earlier, at Getting Blanked, Drew notes that the Red Sox are not where they are because of John Farrell’s magical abilities as either a manager, a spirit animal, or a breeder of winning culture. It’s because they’re talented.
Lastly, not Jays-related, or even baseball related, but… Joy Division and New Order bass player wearing a Windsor Spitfires shirt? Weird.