What’s this? Night baseball? R.A. Dickey vs. Cliff Lee? That’ll do just fine, thank you, for a whatever-night-this-is in the dead of winter.
Sure. That’ll do just nicely. Even if I have no idea why they’d be starting a Grapefruit League game at this time of day.
Though, considering Bright House Field is pretty nicer than the Rogers Centre and doesn’t thrust advertising down your throat at every turn and in between every inning, this one will probably feel as much like a regular big league game as anything we’d see around here. Y’know… apart from all the scrubs who’ll be playing from the fifth inning on. (Starters look respectable-ish, though.)
What I guess I’m trying to say is, the fact that we don’t have a hot dog cannon is a disgrace — liability be damned!
The talk of the baseball world earlier today was the ESPN.com interview with Ian Kinsler, in which the Tigers’ new second baseman classlessly skewers his former organization based on a bunch of nonsense reasons. Josh Hamilton pledged his support.
Noah Syndergaard is the talk of New York. I’d puke more about this if it wasn’t entirely expected for a prospect to be getting pumped up in that market.
Jon Heyman tweeted this morning that the Orioles have come to an incentive-based deal with Johan Santana. Want to gripe about an unnecessary policy that the Jays use to handcuff themselves ever worse than all the natural disadvantages that plague them? How about the fact that they refuse to put incentives in deals, and thus miss out on taking fliers on guys like this. Even though Santana surely won’t amount to anything for Baltimore (or he wouldn’t have if I hadn’t just jinxed it), it wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Jays to be able to do stuff like that.
Speaking of Santana’s, Ervin is still out there, though the Mariners are sniffing around. Or, at least, they should be, according to Robinson Cano. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet takes a look at why that’s a genuine fit, because… y’know… apparently the Jays are still not doing anything about this.
Alexis Brudnicki files an excellent, lengthy profile of Aaron Sanchez for the Canadian Baseball Network.
JaysCare tweets about PITCH, a new series of baseball talks that will be taking place at Tallboys in Toronto, kicking off with words from John Lott, Shi Davidi, Jared MacDonald, and the fucking hilarious Dylan Gott.
Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star talks to tonight’s starter, R.A. Dickey, who talks about his off-season and where his thoughts on the club are at.
Lastly, I wrote a small season preview for Toronto Life. It’s geared more to casual fans, but give it a whirl anyway.
And now the lineups…
Toronto Blue Jays
SS Jose Reyes (S)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Moises Sierra (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
C Erik Kratz (R)
DH A.J. Jimenez (R)
CF Kevin Pillar (R)
2B Ryan Goins (L)
RHP R.A. Dickey
CF Ben Revere (S)
SS Jimmy Rollins (S)
2B Chase Utley (L)
1B Ryan Howard (L)
RF Marlon Byrd (R)
DH Bobby Abreu (L)
LF Domonic Brown (L)
C Carlos Ruiz (R)
3B Maikel Franco (R)
LHP Cliff Lee