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Here’s something to mildly brighten our sorry, sorry lives as we wait for this miserable fucking season to end– and I don’t just mean that sweet picture above– Edwin Encarnacion will return to the Jays’ lineup tonight as the designated hitter, while Colby Rasmus is feeling good too, and is in tonight’s lineup as well!

Don’t believe me? OK. But would you believe that Jays’ official Twitter feed?


Barry Davis was the first to tweet tonight’s lineup, which features Encarnacion hitting third and Rasmus hitting sixth.

I dunno. Beats thinking about the long, sad downfall of Ricky Romero, or most of what I’m going to talk about in my next post…


Way back on May 1st, DJF contributers Archi Zuber (@Archizuber) and Scott Johnson (@ScottJohnson48) put their heads together to create a GIF of Edwin Encarnacion “taking the parrot for a walk” following a home run, and what they came up with was a little slice of magic.

Of course, being lazy and shitty at this lately, I didn’t post it here– though Zubes linked to it in a Morning After post. Yet, rather than it simply disappearing into the internet ether, for some reason– mostly because it’s great– nearly a month later, it’s kinda started blowing up.

The GIF was posted on Reddit’s /r/baseball yesterday and already has over twenty-two-hundred upvotes, which brought it to the attention of folks like Jason Collette and Ben Badler, and prompted a quick look at the history of the meme at Larry Brown Sports, who call it the “greatest home run GIF ever.”

So… uh… let’s maybe have another look at it, shall we? I mean, if our thing here is going to generate this much traffic, might as well get in on the action, right?

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Calling 162 games every year is not an easy thing to do. That’s 500 hours (give or take) of talking non-stop about the same topic. While you get to cover some great games, you also have to cover the really shitty games. I gotta give credit to Buck – in my opinion, he does a good job. Sure, the BOWTEESTAH’s get annoying after a while, but such is the case when listening to someone talk for a long time.

I teamed up with Vince from to find some of the best/worst of Buck. If you don’t know about the site, it’s a catalog of all of Buck’s fuck-ups. He gave me a ton of material to work with so shoutout to him. So here you go, the Buck Martinez soundboard:

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The longest home run hit at Rogers Centre last night came off the bat of Mike Carp.

It sounds impossible, given what I’m sure we’ve now all seen with our own eyes, as, in the fifth inning, Edwin Encarnacion joined the 500 club, smashing a ball into the fifth deck, becoming the first Blue Jays player to do so since Vernon Wells nearly nine years ago, in September of 2004. But apparently it’s true.

Encarnacion’s blast travelled a “mere” 427 feet, as we can see in the image above from Greg Rybarczyk, aka @hittracker. Carp’s blast, according to Rybarczyk’s site, ESPN Home Run Tracker, travelled 444 feet.

It’s hard to fathom, because… well… look!

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Prior to tonight’s opening of MLB’s Rule 4 Draft– and the Jays’ charity golf tournament, which is happening today– Alex Anthopoulos jumped on the Fan 590′s airwaves and spoke to Jeff Sammut about draft strategy, and where Vladimir Guerrero is at, among other subjects. Obviously there’s not a whole lot that the GM could reveal about how tonight is going to go down, but that’s largely because he doesn’t know for sure himself.

“We kind of run these quasi-mock drafts,” he explains. “Then we’re looking at signability, because now at this point every one of the advisors and the families and the players have pretty much given an indication of what it will take to sign them. So, you start looking at it and you start to say, OK, well, is there a scenario where if we get a few of these selections, and we have to pay them, do we maybe take not as good a talent in the fourth round or in the eighth round and try to save some money there, so we can sign the picks up high? So, that’s all part of it. It’s the opportunity cost of the pick– is there one player who’s good enough to forgo taking not as good a talent a round a few rounds behind. So, that’s going to be part of the strategy that we’re going to talk about, but we’re going to have to obviously let the board play out as well.”

The impression given was that this was something that wasn’t focused on too heavily until late in the process, because it’s so dependent on who’s available at which pick. If we believe him, then, the club doesn’t appear to necessarily plan on maximizing the amount of dollars they can spend on early picks by punting ones later, rather, it’s going to come down to who’s available and how they think they can make the money fit.

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It probably doesn’t make it a whole hell of a lot less painful, but after the initial x-rays on Edwin Encarnaion’s hand came back inconclusive, the Jays got the news that we all wanted to hear…

I don’t think anyone should expect that this means that Edwin is going to be back swinging the bat when the Jays resume play against the White Sox in Chicago on Tuesday, but evidently the club doesn’t feel they’ll be playing with a short bench for too long. Given how important he’s been to the club’s offence, he can’t be back soon enough.

They’re still struggling just to keep their heads above water, and didn’t make the most of an opportunity to lay the hurt on Boston this weekend, but the dodging of this bullet, in addition to good news on scary-looking plays featuring Brandon Morrow and Henderson Alvarez this week… these are the kinds of breaks the Jays need if they’re to have any kind of hope this season.

Side note: Apologies for the lack of Game Threats this weekend, I had one ready today, thought I published it, but missed a step that’s now mandatory before any of our posts go live, and walked away from the computer without realizing this. Brutal!


Image via Abelimages/Getty.

What Price Encadwin?

You have probably noticed that Edwin Encarnacion is hitting the cover off the baseball this year. He leads the team in slugging, OPS, wOBA, wRC+, and home runs. His 14 home runs are tied for second most in all of baseball. It’s great to watch a guy with an undeniable talent for hitting “put it all together” for an extended period of time.

Before Adam Lind’s demotion this week, it was easy to forget that EE was DFA’d, demoted, released and re-signed within the last two years. Quite a journey for a man who is now the team’s cleanup hitter. It is also easy to forget Edwin Encarnacion is just 29-years old and about to enter free agency for the very first time.

EE is putting together a tremendous walk year – getting into great shape and posting crazy numbers when he stands to profit most. The talk of “extend EE” began with earnest this spring and only grows louder with each successive big fly.

Surely the Blue Jays are interested in keeping the right-handed power bat in their reach but does anybody really think Edwin won’t at least toe the free agency waters? What will it take to lock down the artist formerly known as E5?

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