Archive for the ‘Housekeeping’ Category

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After taking a day and still not quite figuring out what all to say about the weekend’s reports about Alex Anthopoulos maintaining his job security for the foreseeable future, while Paul Beeston — with an expiring contract, a new cast of characters among his high-up peers at Rogers, and his possibly-telling support of failed MLB commissioner candidate Tom Werner (who Beeston’s son works for in Boston), with speculation he may have been angling for a job in the league office had Werner won — may be on his way out, I figured I should at least do a little housekeeping regarding the excellent stuff going on this week (as the Jays season potentially continues to go up in flames around us).

Besides, the Beeston and AA leaving or staying stuff… I mean… it’s not like these are new thoughts. There are sound arguments both for and against keeping either of them. Personally I’d be more inclined to keep the GM — who has done at least as much excellent work as he has questionable, has been badly hamstrung this year (possibly not of his own doing), and who still has the club in position to compete in 2015 and beyond, with still-great contracts for his elite sluggers paying dividends as the fruits of his prep pitching-heavy drafts continue to ripen — and to lose the President — whose technophobia, to me, doesn’t augur well for an organization trying to compete with the best and brightest and most progressive of the league, and whose removal might lend itself to deeper reassessment of what’s working and what isn’t within the organization (including the GM) — but honestly? I’m sure I could be convinced to go either way.

Plus, there will be plenty of time to think about all that, and right now we’ve got games to watch!

Well, there are actually only two games to watch in this two off-day week, which… uh… means only two chances for the Jays to lose, I guess. But also, of course, that they could start putting it together again. And those of you in Toronto are all invited to come for a little DJF drink-up tonight at Opera Bob’s1112 Dundas St. W (@ Ossington) — as we watch the Jays and Brewers clash in Milwaukee in an 8:10 PM start. And if you follow @OperaBob‘s on Twitter, you already know that there will be ballpark dogs, nachos (or, if you prefer — and I do — ‘chos), as well as $5 pints. Nails much?

Then this Thursday night at 918 Bathurst, it’s another opportunity for booze, as @Tallboys presents the sixth edition of the Pitch Talks, which has a terrific lineup, including myself and former Our Lady Peace drummer, Jeremy Taggart, talking about baseball and music (no, really), as well as Shi Davidi, Sid Seixeiro, and a terrific panel featuring Stacey May Fowles (the Walrus, Deadspin, National Post), Jenn Smith (@GTAChick78), and Erin Valois (theScore.com). Follow @PitchTalks for all the pertinents. Get your tickets here – use the promo code DJF for $5 off! Cool-ass poster here.

More housekeeping: lately Facebook changed its algorithm with respect to sharing, it’s really become a much more powerful social media tool, and so it’s probably in your best interest to just go right ahead and like DJF on Facebook. That way you can get everything that’s posted here injected straight into your feed-veins.

And while we’re at it, you might as well follow me on Twitter, follow @DrunkJaysFans, and follow the ol’ DJF Instagram too!

 

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The Winter Meetings continue today in Orlando, and since I missed passing this along in the morning, like I’ve been doing so far this week, it seems like now is the perfect time to do a little housekeeping to get you setup for all the delicious coverage around here that will continue through until the end of the meetings.

If you followed along yesterday, or read the recap, you’ll already know what to expect: a torrent of posts for the duration of the day, featuring every manner of Jays-related rumour out there. Assuming, y’know, the Jays actually give us anything to work with– which I’m not exactly concerned that they won’t, given all the heavy lifting that’s still left to do in terms of constructing the club’s roster for 2014.

And how will you know when a new on goes up? Aside from constantly refreshing the site (which you may be doing anyway, if you’re participating in the discussion in the comments) you’ll see every new post tweeted out as soon as it’s live by joining the 20,000 strong monkey army following @DrunkJaysFans on Twitter. Alternatively, you can have a link to every new post sent straight to your news feed if you join the… uh… considerably less strong number of folks who like DJF on Facebook!

Remember, though, that the DJF Twitter is mostly just a feed setup to pretty much give you only links to the posts, with the occasional additional bit of “ICYMI” prodding. However, you can follow me at @AndrewStoeten to get all the same links, plus a whole lot of relevant re-tweets, fun stuff, and someone who’ll actually interact with you more than ol’ DJFBot. If you’re into that.

While you’re at it, follow our entire stable of friends and contributors, as well:

@DustinParkes
@DrewGROF
@TheScottLewis
@ArchiZuber
@ScottJohnson48
@DarrenKritzer
@Birenball
@Vaswani_

Of course, you’ll also want to follow @theScore, download theScore app, and be sure to check out our MLB Off-Season Tracker, too!

And there’s still more! Because I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to also subscribe to the places where you can find our content in its various multimedia forms: the DJF Podcast on iTunes and onSoundCloud, the Getting Blanked Podcast on iTunes, and on SoundCloud for it as well.

Stay tuned for some podcastery at some point over the next couple of days– I think we’re gonna do one tomorrow!– and thanks for your continued support.

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The Winter Meetings begin on today in Orlando, so it seems like now is the perfect time to do a little housekeeping to get you setup for all the delicious coverage around here that will begin this morning.

If you’re a longtime follower, you’ll already know what to expect: a torrent of posts for the duration of the meetings, featuring every manner of Jays-related rumour out there. Assuming, y’know, the Jays actually give us anything to work with– which I’m not exactly concerned that they won’t, given all the heavy lifting that’s still left to do in terms of constructing the club’s roster for 2014.

And how will you know when a new on goes up? Aside from constantly refreshing the site (which you may be doing anyway, if you’re participating in the discussion in the comments) you’ll see every new post tweeted out as soon as it’s live by joining the 20,000 strong monkey army following @DrunkJaysFans on Twitter. Alternatively, you can have a link to every new post sent straight to your news feed if you join the… uh… considerably less strong number of folks who like DJF on Facebook!

Remember, though, that the DJF Twitter is mostly just a feed setup to pretty much give you only links to the posts, with the occasional additional bit of “ICYMI” prodding. However, you can follow me at @AndrewStoeten to get all the same links, plus a whole lot of relevant re-tweets, fun stuff, and someone who’ll actually interact with you more than ol’ DJFBot. If you’re into that.

While you’re at it, follow our entire stable of friends and contributors, as well:

@DustinParkes
@DrewGROF
@TheScottLewis
@ArchiZuber
@ScottJohnson48
@DarrenKritzer
@Birenball
@Vaswani_

Of course, you’ll also want to follow @theScore, download theScore app, and be sure to check out our MLB Off-Season Tracker, too!

And there’s still more! Because I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to also subscribe to the places where you can find our content in its various multimedia forms: the DJF Podcast on iTunes and on SoundCloud, the Getting Blanked Podcast on iTunes, and on SoundCloud for it as well.

Stay tuned for some podcastery at some point over the next couple of days, very possibly, and thanks for your continued support. Should be a fun week!

Programming Non-Note

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Working from the principle that no news is good news, nobody should be concerned about the present or future of our little DJF, but having learned from the fact that a full year later I’m still having to explain to people that I don’t work for Rogers, I’ve decided that it’s probably for the best that I clear up a few things for those of you have noticed what a big day today is in theScore universe.

Yesterday a major update to our already-outstanding mobile app went live for iPhone and iPad, adding a massive news element to what was already a tremendous sports data delivery system. (Read about the update in full here.) Among many new features, you can now, for example, get push alerts for breaking news relating to your favourite teams and leagues– and I’d encourage you all to download it and setup your push alerts for breaking Jays news by going to their team page and tapping the star in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

This kind of stuff, you’ve perhaps already noticed, is right terrific.

What may you may have also noticed, however, is stuff like the fact that, in a large, dare I say must-read piece highlighting the app’s new direction and our expanding newsroom in the Globe and Mail, it was explained that news stories on the app will be “supplemented by the company’s bloggers, who until now were grinding out multiple news updates a day but will now focus on longer pieces to complement the breaking news being offered by their newsroom.”

If you saw Globe author Steve Ladurantaye tweet a link to his personal site, and a transcript of his conversation with our executives, you may have also noticed further commentary about how our “bloggers are now free to write more in depth and more researched pieces. We have our baseball guy doing interviews and profiles.  He used to have to crank out 10 posts a day.”

Perhaps you also noticed the official announcement from The Basketball Jones that they and theScore are going their separate ways and got a little concerned about what all this might mean.

Well fear not about any of that impacting DJF, because nothing here is changing at all. I’ll still be doing whatever it is I’ve been doing. It is, however, my hope that we’ll be able to harness the power of theScore’s beefed up newsroom to make the blog bigger and better into the future– and we’ve already seen great contributions from Jonah Birenbaum and Blake Murphy as part of that– but for now, DJF’s gonna DJF like it always fucking did.

So… relax. I might even start getting some posts up before noon at some point.

While we have your attention, as the festivities continue down in Nashville, allow me to give you a quick reminder that you totally should be following DJF on Facebook, to have all of our posts injected straight to your news feed as they happen. And don’t forget @DrunkJaysFans on Twitter, either– we’re closing in on 10,000 followers!

Now remember, the DJF Twitter is mostly just a feed setup to give you only links to the posts, and none of our arguing with various commenters and trolls out there in the Twitterverse. If you’d prefer to get all the links and to argue with us– or just a little of that human touch– follow us all individually:

@AndrewStoeten
@DustinParkes
@DrewGROF
@TheScottLewis
@ArchiZuber
@BradleyAnkrom 

And there’s still more, because I’d be remiss if I didn’t encourage you to also subscribe to the places where you can find our content in its various multimedia forms: the DJF Podcast on iTunes, the Getting Blanked Podcast on iTunes, and as well as the Getting Blanked YouTube page.

Stay tuned for a podcast today (I think!), thanks for your continued support, and welcome to those of you checking us out for the first time, waiting for the Jays to make their big move in Nashville. Should be a fun week!


Just a quick note to update you on some of the leftover issues with our move here to theScore.com…

- The redirect from www.drunkjaysfans.com to here (and not to the generic blogs.thescore.com, without our subdomain) seems to have started working for some, but not yet for others– myself included. It will be fixed, it’s of the highest priority, but right now we’re just going to have to be patient.

- By far the most frequent complaint I’ve heard is that the site is not very compliant with mobile devices. Yes, we are very aware of this, and yes, a solution is in the works. Unfortunately, again, I’m going to have to ask for your patience. Might I suggest getting a mobile RSS reader in the meantime and subscribing to the feed?

- Speaking of subscribing to stuff, Facebook, everybody. Facebook. New home of our Smokin’ Polls! Watch for a new one soon…

- If there are any other issues you’re experiencing, the comments of this post would be as good a place as any to mention them.

- In news that is of interest to nobody but me, despite the stripped-down look of the comments compared to Disqus, I’m happy to report that moderating and troll-banning features are working nicely. Buh-bye DeadBJHopes!

- Lastly, a few people have pointed out that the masthead looks like the KFC logo. Um…

Welcome to the New Digs

This is what it’s going to look like. Not so bad, right? No, better than that, even. So let’s give a huge thanks to Jose Silva for his work on the masthead, which I’m pretty sure looks seriously fantastic, and the IT guys here at theScore for their hard work on making the transfer.

Now, I’m sure there will still be the odd bug to be worked out in the near term, so if something isn’t working for you, please be sure let me know in the comments, on Twitter, on Facebook, or by email, and we’ll fix it.

Unfortunately, DrunkJaysFans.com isn’t quite yet redirecting here, so you’ll either have to change your bookmarks, or just be patient– the redirect will be complete in the next day or so. On a better note, through the magic of technology we’ve now made it so that links will automatically open in a new tab. Nails much?

So… there’s that.