Archive for the ‘Awesomeness’ Category

NavarroHRFlip

Think Dioner Navarro knew his fourth inning home run was gone from the second he made contact? Don’t answer just yet! First, have a look at the clip below and OH MY FUCK, THAT BAT FLIP!

Vine clip via Melissa Couto, aka @ThrowinSmoke:

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RADsEuroVacation

I could have sworn I saw R.A. Dickey on the hill at Rogers Centre the other night, but you could be forgiven if you were in Hamburg, Munich, Rome, or several other European locales and thought you spotted the Jays’ knuckleballing… um… ace?

Because he was totally there! At least, he was in bobblehead form — and we have proof thanks to Twitterer Christine Sommerville (aka @FreeFallinFilms), and her awesome Tumblr, Dickey Bobble Blog. To wit:

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tabby

Let’s be perfectly up front about something here: I’m pretty shit-dickingly OK with swearing. I’m not trying to tsk tsk anybody for saying a naughty word or to harangue about delicate ears who may have been listening to tonight’s Jays game. Fuck that.

In fact, I’d love to have a more casual, conversational, real tone to what can be awfully cold, scripted, cookie-cutter TV broadcasts. Which also isn’t to say that I figure anybody ought to just be winging it — putting together three to four hours of live TV every night cannot be easy, so I try not to begrudge anybody too much (um… sort of) — rather, I’d just bet it would be way cooler if we could hear these guys shooting the shit like if they were watching a game at the bar, and not seven layers deep within the corporate burrito … or onion… or… whatever it is has layers. Tectonic plates — I don’t know.

Anyway, while I’m probably not doing the pipe dream of actual interesting broadcast chatter any good by rushing to point to an instance where somebody had a momentary slip into the way that most of us actually talk amongst friends, um… who cares? Swearing is funny! Or at least it can be. And it certainly is novel to hear it coming from a baseball broadcast — and that’s what us Jays fans were treated to tonight thanks to ol’ Pat Tabler, with an assist from his partner Hawk Martinez.

After Eduardo Nunez needed some time against Chad Jenkins in the top of the fifth, having fouled the first pitch of his at-bat off his foot, he stepped back into the box, Jenkins reared back and threw, and we were treated to this little exchange:

BUCK: He came right back inside.

PAT: Shit, you have to.

Wheeeeeeee!!!!

Or if you prefer, let’s go to the video tape! (i.e. the Vine clip via @GregBallochST)

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Announcing PITCH #4!

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Pardon all the Twitter handles (though, actually, we’ll all be referring to ourselves that way anyway in the not-so-distant future, probably) but last night the fine folks from @TallboysBar put on another edition of their outstanding @PitchTalks series at the Centre For Social Innovation – Annex, featuring great talks from MLB stat pioneer @RGriffinStar, along with @TSNScottyMac, @CathalKelly, @BKennedyStar, @BaseballAlexis, the premier of the latest video (which you can see below) from @CashewMirman, great food from @LOFTKitchen, and awesome beers from @LFBrewery.

I think that covers it. Though the pic of Griff and I, which can be found on the DJF Instagram, is probably worth checking out, too. I assure you, 2008 Stoeten would have never believed it.

And, obviously, as you can see above — or as you probably guessed when you saw that I was writing a post about it — I’m pleased to let you know I’ll be taking part in the action the next time, at PITCH #4 – and it’s happening soon.  The event will take place Thursday, June 19th, and is moving a bit up the street to an even bigger venue, 918 Bathurst: Culture, Media, and Education Centre. Along with me it will feature @JonahKeri, @MichaelGrange, and @MorganPCampbell.

The event starts at 7 PM, costs $15, and you can grab yourself some tickets here.

Meanwhile…

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This kid is ballin’ hard right here. Just so amazingly the best.

HE DIDN’T EVEN GIVE HER THE BALL HE JUST CAUGHT! Guy in red also killing it. So much good here.

Full video via MLB.com following the jump!

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sheikWAMCO

What? Did you think I was lying?

And don’t think that the tweet doesn’t make it even better.

He ain’t wrong. Except… well… I’m maybe not so sure that an extra inning win counts as beating the fuck out of someone, but whatever. Amazing.

 

Crotch grab in the direction of Wilner for the tip. Because for some reason I apparently do not follow the Sheik.

Fantastic stuff here — by way of @DanToman — from Jose Bautista, who was evidently getting ragged on all night by the Philly fans out in right field, and had a sweet parting message for them after Brett Cecil finished off the shutout that J.A. Happ started (no, really). Let’s hope for more tomorrow night — of this, of the winning, of the pitching performances that don’t make me want to break things — it’s all good.

Amazingly, this may not even be the best Bautista GIF of the night. Check out Jose’s outstanding throw to the plate to get a tagging Marlon Byrd — who was on third base thanks to a triple off of Esmil Rogers — in the bottom of the sixth.

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