The Jays lost 4-1 to the Clevelands in an Opening Day that may have really been for the best. Fifty-thousand people showed up expecting to see the launching of a juggernaut, ready to cheer on the curbstomping of an indisputably inferior opponent, unaware they were about to take part in a long sequence of falling flat– from the catching to the hitting to the pitching to the crowd’s mood itself. As a veteran of too many Opening Days to count, it was fuckin’ weird in there, man.
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Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Game Threat, Opening Day on Apr 02, 2013
Bad karma? Tempting the Baseball gods? Shit, like they– or at the very least Rogers, and perhaps even those swine at Interbrew– don’t owe us something for the last 20 years.
Worse-than-usual Photoshopping? OK, you got me on that one. But who could blame me with the excitement of Opening Day coursing through my veins? There are only 161 games left after this, so damn it, I’m going to savour it!
And with that in mind, do I really even need to write anything else in this preamble? It’s baseball season!
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Opening Day, Rosterbation on Apr 02, 2013
Spring is finally over, and the Jays’ roster is set, so… uh… what do we have, exactly?
Melky Cabrera hit the ball hard this spring, and hasn’t shown any signs of shrivelling into the turnip half the world expects him to just yet. I’m sure every idiot with a mouth will be ready to pile on him at the first sign that he might be, so it’s at least good for our collective sanity that he didn’t have an awful spring, not that it means any more than Ryan Braun’s name turning up in a Biogenesis notebook. IT WAS A CONSULTATION, PEOPLE!
The corner outfield spots are some of the better insulated positions for the Jays, with several guys capable of filling in if called on, both in the Majors– Rajai Davis, Emilio Bonifacio– and the minors– Moises Sierra, Anthony Gose. Shit, even Ryan Langerhans has warranted some consideration, should any kind of horrible tragedy occur where none of the other fill-in options are available. And it’s so far so good when it comes to the worries that Cabrera would turn out to be more powdered Melk– if you synthetic testosterone what I’m injecting– than Grade-A unpasteurized awkward food metaphor.
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under Opening Day, RA Dickey on Apr 02, 2013
R.A. Dickey, who makes his debut tonight for the Toronto Blue Jays in the “crazy good” knuckleballing climate underneath the closed Rogers Centre roof, is so good that it’s got the Globe and Mail dabbling in Pitch F/X.
Think about that for a second.
Canada’s paper of record. A web-focused, iPad optimized, animation-heavy and, frankly, pretty cool foray into Sabermetric data. R.A. Dickey is that good.
And apparently he feels that good in his new digs, too– the controlled environment of which, in case you’ve forgotten, was supposedly a big reason that the Jays identified the NL Cy Young winner as a key trade target this winter. “Sunday afternoon, in a deserted stadium, Dickey threw a side session on the bump where he will pitch against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night,” wrote Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun in the article foreshadowed by the tweet above. “He came away from the experience with barely concealed excitement.”
Holy shit, it’s finally almost fucking here!
I literally worried, back after The Trade went down in mid-November, that I’d be struck down before getting a chance to see what will transpire tomorrow, as this revamped Jays roster finally take the field, because… well, apart from being fortunate enough to have little of actual consequence to worry about, holyfuckingawesome the Jays, by most measures, are the favourites in the American League East– and perhaps the American League as a whole! All these years of misery and stupendous September boredom– and I’ve only been obsessively covering the previous six of them!– seem on their way to finally being a thing of the past.
But, of course, they have to play the games. And before that, we’ll have all kinds of good stuff coming at you.
- I’ll be appearing on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning tomorrow, but not as early as originally thought. I’m now scheduled to be in studio at 7:40 AM ET, and you can catch me live via their website, or on CBC Radio 1, 99.1 FM in Toronto.
- Once that wraps up I’ll head back to palatial Score Towers where I’ll prepare to get a little slice of non-boilerplate regarding tomorrow’s starting pitcher up on the site, which should be there around nine.
- Following that I’ll be working on taking a tool around the Jays’ roster situation now that we actually, y’know, know what it’s going to look like– though I probably won’t post it too quickly because…
- At 10:30 AM we record the Tuesday edition of the now-daily Getting Blanked Podcast, which won’t be cut and posted until the afternoon, but as soon as it does, you’ll be able to find it at Getting Blanked on iTunes, via the RSS feed we have setup, or you can always like Getting Blanked on Facebook in order to get each day’s podcast straight into your news feed.
- Once out of the podcasting studio I’ll finish up the roster look, in order to have it posted before noon, for your lunchtime perusal.
- Next up, sometime in the early afternoon, will be the Daily Duce, which will not include the podcast link– I’m not going to bother double-posting it this year, but don’t worry about missing out, because I’ll be sure to push you in the direction of Getting Blanked, and all the other methods of downloading it as well– but it will bring you all the latest news, notes and articles on the Jays as the witching hour approaches.
- Following that, and perchaps a bit of punch and pie, it’ll be time to sit down and record the 2013 regular season’s first DJF Podcast (aka, as I think I decided right now and will probably later regret, the PoDJFcast). It, of course, has its own set of iTunes pages, RSS feeds, and hot Facebook injections for you to subscribe to and/or like and/or… uh… cover yourself in?
- As the podcast is being cut together, I’ll get a wicked-early start on the evening’s Game Threat– shit, we already know what the lineups are going to be, so I could probably be doing it right now, rather than wasting my time on this– with the aim of having it posted with plenty of time to spare to find a place to imbibe several delicious beverages, before heading to the ‘Dome and watching the everloving shit out of Jose Reyes and R.A. Dickey.
Aaaaaand… that’s pretty much it. It’s possible something will happen during the game that I feel compelled to stumble back to my desk and write about, but like hell I’m going to make that kind of commitment here and now. Frankly, posting some vague semblance of schedule is commitment enough, where I come from. But… whatever. That’s what the plan is looking like right now, so be sure to keep checking back all day tomorrow, as we drop distraction bombs on your shithearts, feeding content to choke back the unceasing geyser of overdue, genuine fucking real-season not-kidding-yourself-this-time anticipation rising within you.
It’s baseball season.
Image via Dignity’s widow.
Hey, look! It’s a picture of Opening Day 2007, which was the first Toronto Blue Jays season “covered”– and when referring to back then I use the term rather loosely– over in this here corner of the internet. That, for those of you with no fingers to count on, makes the 2013 season the seventh we’ll have been around for. Which is rather fucked, thank you very much. But who the fuck could stop now? Especially with the Jays in by far the best position to play meaningful September– or, dare I say, October?– baseball than they’ve been during our entire existence.
The reason: they’ve got a pretty damn fine looking roster, which the club officially set for Opening Day in a press release sent out this morning.
There’s only one thing that I’d call a mild surprise here, which is that Michael Schwimer has made the club… on the DL. He is “sidelined” (read: being DL’d so the Jays can figure out what to do with him) with a lat strain. His stint is retroactive to March 22nd, which is the same as Brett Lawrie’s, meaning that both players will be eligible to join the roster on the weekend– if healthy, or not (in Schwimer’s case) sent down. Dustin McGowan also starts the year on the DL at the big league level, though his stint started five days later than his two teammates.
Via the release, here is the 25-man roster in its entirety…
Posted by Andrew Stoeten under DJF Podcast, Opening Day on Apr 09, 2012
As you can see in the video above, which Parkes posted over at Getting Blanked, everybody had a hell of a time on Thursday afternoon, evening, and night, as the Jays and Clevelands broke the five-hour barrier.
What you’re seeing above is, of course, the moment when Edwin Encarnacion somehow didn’t put the Jays ahead in the ninth inning, missing a home run by inches, but tying the game with a two-run double. It’s referenced in an interesting Toronto Star piece from Brendan Kennedy this morning, which is all about… well… us, basically. Not DJF, that is, but the “young and irreverent, smart and sarcastic” new breed of fans who will “dissect a player’s heat map in one breath, and his facial hair in the next,” who “favour blogs and Twitter over radio call-in shows,” and “hold baseball book clubs and trivia nights, and seem to root as much for the team’s progressive general manager — who at 34 is part of their demographic — as the players on the field.”
It was great to be a part of it. Thanks to everyone who came out.
And if you couldn’t be there, or you just want to relive even more, here we’ve got the audio from our pre-game Live Stream Piss-Party Panderfest for your listening pleasure.
Alternately, you can download the mp3 right here. Also: consider this your DJF podcast for the week. It was just too busy late last week and over Easter weekend to get properly organized. (Read: Still waiting, Jay…)