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Because, well… because apparently it endorses us.
The book you see here is 100 Things Blue Jays Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die, from author Steve Clarke, who you can find on Twitter at @SteveClarkeMLB.
I’ll try to get my hands on a copy here for either review, or to give away, but in the meantime, you can purchase the just-released book from Amazon.ca, Chapters.ca, in Indigo stores (there are several copies available downtown, according to their site) or if you’d rather– and you probably should– from an independent bookstore via Indie Bound, or just by walking into one in your damn neighbourhood.
No you’re self-indulgently mailing in a post. (Also, thanks, Steve!)
Crotch grab in the direction of @Mattomic for the heads up.
Here we have, via the Jays’ official Twitter feed, the best angle on the changes taking place in the Rogers Centre that we’ve seen yet. And I’m thinking it looks pretty not half bad, whatever it is– though obviously not finished just yet.
You may recall that the last time we caught a glimpse of the progress, the only photo available required the kind of attention to detail usually reserved for the Zapruder film just to get a sense of what the hell you were looking at. Here, not so much.
Because… uh… as you can see… uh… the windows are gone.
No, you’re mailing in a post. Again.
It’s already been almost two weeks since the Jays had picture day over in Dunedin, and I checked in with a batch of pithy comments about some of the choicest of the portraits, which… would make a second helping rather stale. But what are you gonna do? Wait for me to do some while I was distracted by the life giving rays of the earth’s sun? Fat chance.
I’ve got some half-assed ones now, though…
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If he somehow hasn’t yet– i.e. you’re a soulless ghoul– you can rest assured that Jose Reyes will be your favourite player by the end of the 2013 season, which begins-ish in fake earnest tomorrow afternoon, with the club’s first Spring Training tilt. Brandon Morrow gets the start against Anibal Sanchez, the game will be broadcast live on Sportsnet, they’re opening Tall Boys on Bloor Street early to watch it, and, speaking of, as long as tonight I don’t make my way to another bar having its weekly 75 cent tallboys of PBR night, I’ll probably even have a Game Threat up.
But if that’s not reason enough to be excited for the pre-jacked start-ish of the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season, Reyes gave you another one this evening, when he put his flow on display for Jamie Campbell and Gregg Zaun of Sportsnet, as you can see below the jump.
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With news that Windows restaurant would be getting a makeover this off-season we’ve been sort of, half-assedly, following the project along… at least anytime someone manages to point a camera in the direction of its most recent stage of development. And that’s what reader @jonathannorris did recently– or, at least, someone whose picture he got his hands on– tweeting the pic above in my direction this morning, showing significant progress from the last time we’d seen an update.
In that post you’ll remember that word was Paul Beeston had spoken of “some $250 million in retrofits and renovations will be required in the next decade to modernize the facility,” of which the Windows project was a part. It will be an open air porch, accessible to all fans, with picnic tables and whatnot (or something), beginning this season.
No, you’re mailing in a post.
Above: The space formerly occupied by Windows restaurant, seen from the main concourse, looking to out to right centre field. You can see the Rogers Centre logo on the panel above a small group of seats that were previously squeezed in front of Windows, as seen one section to the left of the “All You Can Eat” section in this picture.
McGowan in slightly less injury-plagued times. (Spring 2005)
This afternoon news hit the internet that Jays pitcher Dustin McGowan has already been shut down due to soreness in his shredded and frequently operated-on throwing shoulder, and blogger Andrew Stoeten decided that the wholly unsurprising news wasn’t really worth making a whole post about.
“Doesn’t this happen every year?” Stoeten likely asked himself at the time. “I mean, I get that it’s somewhat newsworthy because the Jays ridiculously signed him to that extension last season, and because everybody feels for the guy and have probably started wondering whether this might be the end of the road. But was he, what, ninth on the starting pitching depth chart? Like, at best. Yeah, it’s shitty, but what the hell would I even write?”
As evening turned to night, however, the blogger– perhaps procrastinating before going to meet his sister to move a couch– appears to have lost his nerve on the McGowan-injuries-aren’t-news issue, as a piece, barely qualifying as more than a footnote, was written and published about McGowan some time in the minutes after seven o’clock– a far cry from the gnashing of teeth that has met previous injuries to the one-time first round pick (of Gord effing Ash) and organizational top prospect.
You can read the post at Drunk Jays Fans.
Not sure how *COUGH*, but a couple weeks ago Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, sent out a press release that slipped across the interweb, unnoticed by us,j announcing the return of alumni Jose Bautista for their annual home run derby.
WTVY.com, of nearby Dothan, AL, picked up the release and posted it on January 28th, and today Twiterrer @SlaytonT1 tweeted out the picture above, confirming (y’know, assuming it’s not from a previous year’s event), that the Jays’ slugger is indeed at the event, swinging a bat. And, damn it, it’s great to see– assuming of course that Bautista, whose request to play for the Dominican Republic in next month’s World Baseball Classic was denied by the club– has gotten all his permission slips signed.
Of course, we’d already heard reports that he’s been swinging, and with only meatballs being tossed his way, it’s not exactly like he’s facing the kind of live pitching the Jays were hoping to ease him into over the course of camp. So… uh… I’m sure it’s all good. Actually Jose retweeted it, too, so… obviously it is.
And actually, you can tell from this clip of last year’s event that he’s wearing something different in the pitcure above– and also that he was using an aluminium bat back then, too. Which is just kinda ridiculous to contemplate.
Apparently he also threw a bullpen session, as well…
Crotch grab in the direction of @jefflewis21 for the tip.