HELLO KEVIN PIL– … wait… huh? He’s not even in the lineup?
Fuck, I don’t know.
Woop. There it is, home boy.
Pillar totes is in the lineup. Checkmate Atheists.
He is now!!! Lots of good news in that tweet.
It’s good that Colby is sick? + that Juan Francisco continues to participate in baseball activities? Okay.
I would say Bad news that: Colby is sick, Pillar is in the lineup over Colby, and that Juan Fran and Thole move up a spot
5.5 games back from the wildcard with just under 5 weeks to go. Doesn’t seem so terribly difficult, does it? Maybe it just depends on where you’re standing in the boat?
By the way, 5.5 games back on August 26 is the best we’ve been for over 10 years.
I’m heading over to the game and looking forward to it, too.
Enjoy the game and don’t think about GB and such.
5.5 would not be as daunting if they only had to catch 1 team. They are chasing many.
I’d be happy with 2nd in the ALE and unhappy with 4th in the ALE.
Life and baseball are mostly a series of random events to which humans try to ascribe cause and meaning in an effort to make order out of chaos.
Now let us drink.
Already on it. I’m finding the second bottle of wine is getting opened far too often lately.
That means you need to switch to Bourbon.
Bourbon is a slippery slope for me. I can function the next day at work with a wine hangover; bourbon, not so much.
Hmmm. I find red wine hangovers the worst.
I’ve spent years building up an immunity.
+1 (Currently working on my vourbon immunity. No real work tomorrow. Just a sraff meeting.)
Sorry for the type-o’s. Big man fingers on these little phone letters.
Keith law said he doesn’t think bickford will go top 10 next year
Likewise. I never get red wine hangovers.
But then again I only drink 1 bottle at a time.
Spin one up. Zero hangover.
Send me a copy of your book
They really aren’t. Highly complex, completely ordered systems. Not random at all.
I cracked open a fine bottle of Rum and getting ready for the big win tonight.
So Jim Callis says that now that Phil Bickford has left school, he is one of the two favorites to go 1st overall in 2015. Not that I’m bitter or anything. And, by the way, Kris Bryant could be solving an awful lot of our problems right now had we signed him, no?
So could Mike Trout. Or Tulo.
On the other hand, the Giants could have drafted Roy Halladay instead of some scrub who made 8 career starts.
Um, except the Blue Jays drafted Kris Brtant out of high school and didn’t sign him
Same with Aaron Nola.
(They never drafted Tulo or Trout. So your comparison doesn’t really make sense.)
Wasn’t really a direct comparison. Just saying if we’re playing “coulda shoulda” we might as well piss and moan over Romero 6 vs Tulo 7 and Jenkins 20 vs Trout 25.
those guys barely count as draft picks since they were, iirc, firm college commits.
They’re all “firm college commits”. Money talks, and there was no cap then…..
pretty easy to see bryant as a potential star in hindsight. but if you could go ahead and link me to the post(s) where you opined that “the jays need to give this 18th rounder 5 million bux” and i’ll eat my hat.
I dunno. There were a lot of people (myself included) that were hoping they’d sign Bryant. Like I said, he was highly regarded at the time relative to where they took him. I have no idea how much it would have taken to sign him.
Let’s clarify here a bit here. The Jays drafted him in the 18th round – and he chose not to sign a contract with them. He decided to go to school for 3 years, build up his stock and re-enter the draft. Worked out pretty well for him – going from the 18th round to second overall.
You made it seem like the Jays looked at him and said “meh, we’ll pass”.
No, no. I get it. But they have signed a bunch of those late round, well-above slot picks in the past few years. (Dean, Tellez, Brentz, etc.)
BA did have him in their top 100 that year. So it’s not like he was some totally unknown guy back then.
that was aa’s first draft, and it looks like the scouts were on fire then.
they didn’t break their commitment, but we don’t know what their budget was. we do know that they appear to have an increasingly good track record of identifying talent, especially hs pitchers, it would seem under aa.
if anything it’s testament to the good job aa has been doing, rather than the opposite.
norris was thought to be committed and fell, and the jays signed him. reid-foley, as others mentioned tellez and brentz.
anyway – i have better things to do than defend aa.
oh, I’m not criticizing AA’s drafting either. I’m just kind of wistfully imagining what could have been. Sigh….
Shi Davidi @ShiDavidi ·23m
On day #BlueJays promote him, #Bisons name OF Kevin Pillar their team MVP. Bobby Korecky is most valuable pitcher
GTAchick78 getting the scoops on all the other reporters is the best.
Very Impressive. She has to know someone.
Hello from Thailand fellas, made it after a 20 hr flight from YYC, completely jet lagged and wide awake at 6am local time to listen to some ball.. Anyone got a good feed?
Um, dude, I’ve never been to Thailand, but I have have seen “The Beach”, and you really shouldn’t be streaming a baseball game on the internet right now.
The Beach is a great film to watch on mute.
Most di Caprio films are.
GSMC – you shut your dirty mouth!
The Beach only sucks because of Danny Boyle. Who sucks.
I don’t hate Leo: I just dislike him.
I could try to change your mind. But I’m okay with not changing your mind.
Me too. He’s become a much better actor over the years, but I don’t see him as a leading man.
Am I a loser for saying that I never saw the film but read the book?
You didn’t like 28 Days Later?
it was a great film to take a date to in your mid-twenties. (Haven’t seen it since.)
That movie was creepy.
I just borrowed The Tesseract from the library.
i used to think the beach was under-rated…however, i recently re-watched it. it is not good. visually, it’s okay, but the plot is just awful. his character doesn’t develop at all. he’s just a total asshole the whole time, and then the movie ends. it’s so close to being a VERY good movie, but it just doesn’t hold up.
Yeah, even as a fangirl I can’t get on board with The Beach. Other than gratuitous shirtlessness the only remarkable thing is the soundtrack. But I agree that the premise is good – execution is poor. But I don’t think his character is an a-hole.
I went to where it was filmed. Then spent a week on Phi Phi island. Beautiful
Location looks beautiful/otherworldly, but I don’t like to travel anywhere that is hot.
Too bad, you are missing out on one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
The Beach gave us that awesome All Saints song.
spend $2000 on flight to thailand; can’t afford $10/mo for hd baseball. we all see where your priorities lie.
Not sure if it’s been posted, but the Rays protest was denied. Fuck you Maddon.
Suck it Maddon.
Pedo just rocked one off fatty mcgees gut
It would be nice if I could finish my dinner without the Jays being down by 3.
I haven’t even started making dinner.
If you’re in the east end, a bottle of wine will get you fed.
No wine in these parts. Just scotch.
I like your style, bean.
It’s Mr. Bean’s style – not mine. With me all I can offer is fizzy water, tea + coffee.
I just had lunch.
Out on the left coast our appetites are ruined before any consideration of dinner.
Happy Hour ceases to be a thing before it even starts.
Dessert was ruined by the Jays’ inability to cash a run with two men on and none out.
The solution is to have extra dessert.
bean says ‘let them eat cake.’
I do take a lot of inspiration from Marie Antoinette.
Hold onto your head.
Incipient sadness in Winnipeg
Take care it doesn’t become ineffable.
I once drank rye and ice cream all night because we had no mix.
There’s a pretty dent poolside drink with vodka and ice cream if I remember…although it was Barbados and very drunk out.
The Caribbean, liquor and nipples are 3 of my all-time favorite things.
Barolo, Algonquin Park, and a second vote for nipples.
I embarrassed to admit I had to look Barolo up.
Don’t be. If we ever meet up for a drink before a game, I’ll bring a bottle. You’ll understand right away.
We’ll have to make that happen one day.
My brother, myself and a motley bunch had tentative plans to make our way to TO this year if the Jays made the playoffs.
I’m not holding my breath on this season anymore, but never say never. Otherwise, next year. Perhaps Karen could join us.
Down with every damn last one of them !
(what’s a barolo?)
A very delicious red wine from Italy.
The wine of kings. Hands down the best wine you can get.
And Ice ream !
Naaaah, its actually pretty effing good.
Bad for the mind, but maybe, perhaps good for the body. The Jays around here are pretty to look at, but boy do they make a racket sometimes.
Kawasaki arm is pathetic holy shit how do u skip it off the mound from the second base
Enter Todd Redmond.
Threw 3 yesterday. How about the ghost of brad mills? Also I think thole can pitch
Oh shit, I forgot that. Yeah Dickey is out there for the long haul. Although at this rate he’s gonna hit 100 in the 5th.
Man it’s not crazy to think if they lose out on the homestand it’s essentially over
You may SAY you’re not
that Jays fan,
Gotta say I prefer Dickie Betts to Mookie:
Juan needs to learn from ee, he swings with one hand and that’s why he huts so many monster pop ups….If he could keep 2 hands on the bat as he swings thru
Actually, didn’t EE learn that* from That DR coach of Robbie Cano, Mercedes?
*2 hands on the bat.
What the duck was that?
Then again could just dfa this no glove sack of shut instead . Fml
Fransisco validating aa’s confidence in him
i watch cause i’m a baseball junkie, but honestly this just isn’t fun anymore. they are worse than the worst team in the league right now. Every single one of their warts are on display daily.
At least we aren’t the diamondbacks who are the joke of the league
Man if aa has the same offseason activity as last year…. Fans should be rioting
when you’ve got no money to use there’s really nothing to be done, which is the tail of the last 2 years. Navarro – he was signed dirt cheap with money earmarked for JPA. other than that the list of meaningful acquisitions is nil.
and it’s not going to get any better, they could free up payroll by passing on Lind and Happ’s options, but then you lose two productive and relatively cheap players. Ditto on trading Bautista or Edwin, or letting Melky go.
It’s hard to envision this team being better next season if AA doesn’t have the ability to add salary.
Someone posted a G&M article a while ago re the Jays decreasing budget and quoted rogers insiders saying that since the NHL deal, every department was expected to get by with less $.
I’m thinking since it’s a 12 year deal it may be a while.
My fear is that then the jays may move to Portland after years of last place finishes
So you keep saying.
Do you actually live in Portlandia?
Hoping for a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Portland is a pocket city. Nice place, but there is a reason that it only has one major franchise.
it’s not that there’s a problem with having a $130mill payroll – that should be plenty to build a championship team – the issue is having your flexibility stripped away by ownership after the fact, which is the feeling we’re all getting.
There’s a worse fear than that Kevin. It’s that they’ll lower the budget after Reyes and Buehrle are gone.
Dfa Juan please
Norris got hit hard… at least Gose and Pompey are playing pretty well
Osuna had a good outing in Dunedin though
Eh, it wasn’t great. Lots of K’s and no walks, though
Lots of K’s and no walks sounds exactly like a good outing.
Osuna 4.1 IP, 5 H, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, 1HR
Oh, I thought I saw no runs. Still, though, seven K’s and no walks is pretty solid.
Body language on the Jays is terrible right now.
They have the sad feelings.
I feel sorry for gibby who might have to wear the suckiness of the last month or so
this month must be sucking the life out of everyone involved
Kawasaki gunna Kawasak
Thank you Melky.
de la Rosa’s fastball reminds me of Garrett Richards, but his breaking stuff looks very unpolished and his command generally poor
He’s a little like sucky Brandon Morrow.
This team was within 1.5 games of the Orioles in the AL East and 3 games up in the 2nd wildcard on August 1st. AUGUST 1ST!
back in the day
Back in the heyday.
Wilner said the team didn’t need upgrades. Shi Davidi said the other teams were asking too much from the Jays.
Hopefully, next year they will be healthier
thing is, their health this year has been as good as can be expected from a team so old.
Sad but true.
Lawrie has to stay on the field next year.
Let the good times roll.
Monkey have no clamp!
Kawasaki really is the best isn’t he? if you’re talking about guys making the absolute most out of their skillset
Ok, you, John Farrel, Pedroia, Steve Simmons and Yunel Escobar are trapped in a magic room of zero consequence.
You have a gun in your hand but only one bullet.
Who ends up breathing out of their forehead?
Wait, I’m not trapped in the room with them am I? Cause if that’s the case I’m with Bean.
Can we play Fuck/Marry/Kill next?
A month in the life of the Bean Weasel?
Farrell’s jawline, Pedroia for the money and cause I’m taller, and Simmons cause he’s Simmons.
I didn’t mean to play Fuck/Marry/Kill with those options!
That’s a relief. Line ‘em up.
Do I get to choose?
Simmons. The other guys are fun to hate. Simmons is just annoying.
I’m lining them up one behind the other and hoping the .357 slug gets them all
You line them up in a row, then use one bullet to shoot through all four at once.
hmmm… yunel is just an oblivious, ignorant fool, can’t hate him too much. Pedroia i would love if he were on my team. Never really bought into the Farrell hate.
Steve Simmons it is
On second thought, maybe just pick up Yunel and use him as a club to pound the other three to death, then shoot Yunel.
Simmons gets the bullet. I bludgeon the others with the butt of the gun.
I like the resourcefulness.
Wasn’t there a PMS joke made the rounds to that effect?
I enjoy the Jason Bourne-ness of this option. I lack the strength to pull it off though.
Taken from bbb
Should you fire a GM who appears to have the correct process but doesn’t get results?
no, because process eventually wins out, but (not knowing the full details of his budget) i’m not sure Alex is totally above reproach here.
that said, he still has my confidence, it’s just a matter of whether he has the resources to retool this team on the fly.
I agree in that process should > results at times but after x amount of years the equation turns the opposite
well sometimes what appears to be the right process, is in fact not the right one.
the other thing you have to keep in mind is that the Marlins and Mets trades constituted a total 180 from the process we had come to expect from AA, which may turn out to be his downfall. everything he did with regards to scouting, drafting, developing, acquiring undervalued assets, etc. was more or less great. if the org needs to go that route again, he’d be my guy.
i’d love them to go that route again — a team comprised of strong development system pieces and smart pick-ups. i was thrilled AA appeared headed down that road out of the gate and disappointed later when he (sorta) went all-in.
Jose Abreu: first rookie with 30 doubles & 30 HR since Albert Pujols in 2001.
Making 7 million this year and next.
Yeah getting tired of Rogers being so budget constrained
Hah, Dickey acting like his knuckleball’s gonna do something to that big melon atop Mike Napoli.
Atta hold em R A
in his usual Jekyll and Hyde way, he looks to be on his way to another decent outing
The Man from Muncie.
Check this shit out.
That’s a lot o’ beard, man-dingo.
Eddie being Eddie.
baserunning fail by Lind. costs them a runner in scoring position.
That kind of base running mistake by lind (which was not even referenced by the announcers) is how you lose close games
We used to hit homers and this type of shit wouldn’t matter
No so much anymore
EE fixed that.
Radio guys got it
Lind doesn’t know what’s going on half the time. I hope he’s not mack next year
Fat Juan? Infield Single? Ay caramba!
Lol Craig is spaced the fuck out tonight
How do you bunch 10 base runners into 5 innings and only score 3 ?
Layne knows what Edwin is getting for Christmas. He felt his presence. (presents)?
Pompey’s presence really seems to be having an impact on Gose.
I’ve been saying that since Pompey got called up, Gose has been playing well. Think its 7 for 16 now… stealing bases, two walks tonight
it must be pretty unnerving for a young player when a slightly younger version of yourself starts breathing up your ass and starts threatening to take away your career prospects.
Arguably a slightly younger version better than himself
Gose probably watched Pompey play that first game in Buffalo and said to himself, “shit, my ass is gonna get lapped if I don’t pick things up”.
rib Buck and Tabby all ya like but they said something to that effect (competition netting excellent results) about the Sox re. JBJ, Mookie Betts and Castillo.
If only it was that easy, eh?
Sadly, want won’t necessarily work.
It’s just like in Showgirls.
“There’s always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.”
‘It’s just like in Showgirls.’
Just like so much of life.
It was one of the most formative movies of my young life. No lie.
big, BIG points for the Showgilrls reference.
It’s brilliant. One of my favourites.
Lots of wool in that show.
and leg. don’t forget leg.
Dude, this guy kills it. I just remembered I have bananas.
Me too. Smoothies tonight for sure.
It feels like the Jays should be up by 4 or 5.
3 Kawasaki hits and 1 for 13 with RISP will do that
If McGowan was going to come into the game, why didn’t they pinch-hit for Thole last at bat with two out. It was lefty on lefty. What the fuck?
the Thole AB was 2 innings ago. Dickey pitched another inning after that.
Lol. I swear I’m not high or drunk.
Thanks for clearing that up.
That guitaring in that Monster Truck commercial has been driving me crazy lately. I don’t know who they are but I can’t wait for them to blow up, buy better clothes, cut their hair, then get abandoned by everyone.
It drives me crazy that the advert refers to Monster Truck as some sort of superstar group.
They are pure musical trash.
Typical Rogers. Can’t scout, can’t spend so they get these guys that won a raffle, apparently. Or a backwater band battle.
Dickey falls behind 2-0 after the second batter and throws up one of the best outings of the season.
holy good fuck i hate the Red Sox.
has Encarnacion’s swing changed – two handed follow through to one?
i heard said earlier this season he is a one-handed follow-through convert. sooo…he has re-converted? is that a word? it oughta be.
thought it was two handed follow through till the injury. i can’t imagine he would’ve forgotten this. go Jose. go Jays.
Has Reyes knocked down a ball to save a run this entire year?His jump are ground balls is terrible.
Nice job, Goggles.
Cecil B. De-Nil
Cecil’s curve is just a dirty pitch. batters whiff even if they know it’s coming.
I said that last night: It’s like Rivera’s cutter.
Bautista is the fucking man
There ya go, Joey!
Bautista finally caught one just right, seems like he’s been just missing lately.
Just burned my hand removing pizza from the oven. AGAIN. I’m listed as day-to-day.
[also I'm an idiot.]
Should’ve used your cardigan sleeve.
I only wear cardigans/sleeves in public. I’ve got a t-shirt on. + had ONE oven mitt on.
wear four oven mitts full-time, get all crazy and lose two Showgirls-style when baking?
Don’t feel too dumb. I once grabbed a pan from the oven without oven mitts. Drinking excessively while you’re cooking is the opposite of a good idea.
Cooking with wine is wonderful.
I grab things from the oven all the time with zero oven mitts. I have asbestos hands. To actually get burned is semi-newsworthy,
if this were soccer, you could throw yerself to the ground and hope for a PK.
I once forgot to take the cardboard out from underneath the pizza before cooking it.
Def been there. Take about 5 mins till it starts to smell like the apartment’s on fire.
I’ve never had frozen pizza. This was homemade.
You had your chance to have dinner served to you.
You’re an east end guy + I’m a west end girl though…
We’ve got no future, we’ve got no past. Here today, built to last.
Wait, is this all some convoluted metaphor?
Fuck Juan Francisco.
At this point, I’d rather see kawasaki at third and Goins at second. So tired of Juan.
At least Kawasaki’s arm would never find the seats at first.
That’ the spirit!
I would love to see an analysis of the number of games that Dustin McCowan has cost this team this year.
he really hasn’t been great, despite the amazing stuff Zaun always drools over.
i mean, he decent and everything, but he’s no shutdown guy.
Take his starts out of his numbers and he’s been pretty good.
Not including tonight, here are McGowan’s stats since he went to the bullpen:
35.2 IP, 2.78 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 30 K, 13 BB
ERA is kind of a useless stat for relievers though. 7.6 K/9 and 13 walks in 35 IP isn’t great.
Dusty has let 7 inherited runners score in 35.2 IP. Still not horrible.
Cecil 10 in 41.2.
Loup 10 in 58.2.
Redmond, 8 in 70.1.
i’m a fan of McGowan – don’t get me wrong – but aren’t Cecil and Loup’s numbers skewed by a couple of very bad outings in Minnesota?
Yeah, Loup had 1 or 2 bad outings during that cold road trip.
For McGowan is not shutdown, but also not horrible. I’ll take him over Santos.
Yeah, most of his advanced stats suggest he has been a very average reliever this year too.
Fransisco. Fuck off already
someone gave him the greenlight on 3-0?
Did not swing 3-0
Got your back
Zaun is totally rock right now
Oh fuck. Argos cheerleaders. Bunch of chardonnayed skanks.
Ah, so that’s who they are. I had a threesome with a former sundance girl. That’s all i’ve got.
Yeah I feel like we’re owed a story here. OWED.
I trust there were no animals harmed?
The truth is, I barely remember it. She is sort of a friend, and the other girl was her best friend. From what I do remember, it was pretty vanilla.
The great thing is that we all pretend it never happened. And the best friend is head chef at one of the best, most expensive restaurants in Toronto and I’ve gotten some great service there. In return for mine, I’m assuming.
It is most difficult to get good service these days…
She used to work at another restaurant and I went there with my mom once. Chef came out and hooked it up for us to the point of doggy bag overload. My mom asked how I knew her. I said we went to school together.
I’m in Toronto. I like foods. + good service. Don’t hold out on me.
Wait a minute, what are we talking about regarding good service? Because I tweaked my back last night and am day to day. And you burned your hand. Gordon Ramsay wouldn’t be able to save our…”service”.
A good man is hard to find?
You better come on
in my kitchen
babe it’s goin’ to be rainin’ outdoors.
Who were all those girls by Jamie and Zaun? Looked like some vapid bachelorette wannabes.
150 million for this garbage? – garbage clown posse
Semi clown message
Thought AA had money for August eh bob Elliot?
Good news, Mujica is coming in!!!
Mujica is so bad that he should be pitching in the Tigers bullpen. Legally.
It’s like he Juans to be DFA.
uggggghhhh Sanchez. I could watch him pitch forever.
A decade or so would work for me.
Oh Ken Reid, you’re so funny..
The Man from Muncie again.
Mookie made a dookie.
Mookie the Rookie.
You want to fight, 54-40?
it’s just…it doesn’t rhyme, man. not bad, though.
He’s got a point SP.
You made the classic mistake #4 from the poets handbook.
Ya, you’re right.
I tried to save my bacon with the ’54-40 or fight’ thing, but it fell flat too.
The game’s good anyways.
I tried that last night SP and nothing…meh. Sometimes you get the feeling it’s lost on this audience.
right? where would pop be without it?
also: ooooooh. I see what you did there.
Well the good news is Francisco is out of the game.
Um hasn’t Casey pitched in 4 straight games?
I was at the game last night and can’t even remember.
I think he was unavailable last night no?
He didn’t pitch yesterday.
My god that strike zone
Want to see a superman dive into home tonight!
atta boy, KP.
nice AB from Pillar there. didn’t chase early, swung at a nice pitch and crushed it.
I have to go to bed soon, as I have to get up a six am tomorrow
End this shit now please
Guy with a beard in the crowd
Must be Stoeten.
Stoeten is there. Photographic proof + everything. Plus he’s complaining about the wave + enthusiastic Kawasaki fans on Twitter.
That sounds like Stoeten, bitches about everything else and forgets about the game.
Priorites, I guess.
That might be unfair to him. I tend to focus on the negative.
So it’s Redmond and santos left?
Ahh janssen. Making it easy to see you go
Did he not watch moneyball. Get the sure out at first fuck sakes
What a useless c u next tuesday
that’s a ridiculously shitty thing to say about a very good pitcher / long-time Jay fallen on hard times.
Jannsen was always an overachiever but he is the least of their problems this season.
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