My Spring Training Odyssey

I have been to countless regular season games and a bunch of post-season games, not just in Toronto or New York either. But I have NEVER ever seen a pre-season MLB baseball game … at a Spring Training facility. With Spring Training wrapping up, I figured now’s the last chance to post an article I’ve delayed doing for 5 years or so.

Yes, I have seen a few pre-season games, a couple at the SkyDome (Roger’s Centre now) and even one in Philadelphia, at Veteran’s Stadium in 1994 … vs my hometown Toronto Blue Jays. That is a story in itself culminating with me the lone Blue Jays fan in the front row, beside my Jersey-ite cousin Johnny (who doesn’t care any which way) doing the old we’re not worthy bow to Joe Carter as he does a warm up run beside me. The Philly Phans already irate at the Jays went mental on me and booed me and rained down popcorn at my direction like nobody’s business… I wonder why?
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SAFE!

Opening Day 2011

Jays vs Twins – Jays Home & Season opener featuring HOF tributes to Pat Gillick, Roberto Alomar and even Bert Blyleven.

Throw in a Jose Bautista Silver Slugger presentation and a bunch of opening day photos and you get a slideshow set to this years Jays theme (well the post-spring training theme).

Back 2 Back is back!

Thanks in part to perennial Prime Minister write in nominee Joltin Joe, the much heralded 92/93 World Series Reunion is 2 days away. The city is gonna be buzzing in a few days… imagine if we actually played well all season? Oh man imagine if Doc was actually traded?

My lack of posting this year is so lacking. I better make up for it soon. Yes I am still a huge Yankees fan as well as a tremendous jays fan. Obviously. As great as I feel for the Yanks return to prominence, my heart goes out to the plucky Jays who remind me of The Dynamite Kid… for simply being harder workers who always have to look up to the bloated champions ahead of them and handicapped with the worst luck and injury prone. How’s that for a metaphor? I’m going to the Jays/Yanks game in a few hours .. for the first time in years I will be rooting the Jays over the pinstripes, as I did last night with Mariano (the undoubtedly best ever) Rivera vs Aaron Mr. MVP Hill. I always win in these situations .. and lose. :/

Enough about that, this is Jays fanaticism time! This week is gonna be crazy. Coming off of Caribana right into Blue Jays 90’s love week. This blog pretty much was berthed back in the late 80s early 90s because of this weekend. The agony of 85 (I went to the AL east clincher), 88 (damn Tigers!!!), 89 and 91 was worth it for those 2 glorious years in 92 and 93. Those were the years American baseball fans realized Toronto was somewhat relevant in their red white and blue lives.

I actually have that video in the SI WS VHS season recap. I have a bunch of other old stuff too. These pics I took years ago back at my folks place, my lil baseball basement haven. Note the Rickey Henderson love No band wagoner here! Yes, i have all those and still have those newspaper clippings … and way more.

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Oh yeah a wall devoted to Yanks and Jays hats over the years … told ya.

With that said OK OK Blue Jays Blue Jays let’s play ball! Let’s go Mr. Mxyzptlk go get em dude.

Are these guys available?

I know I haven’t been on here well, since the slide from hell. Coincidence I swear.

However, the Jays staff which has continually overcome the odds by simply being since well ever are once again mired in the delicate ballet of who in the blue jay hell else is gonna go down next? Our bullpen is down to anyone in the Jays organization who can pitch.

So why not dip into past? Alums work in wrestling.

No messing around this time. First we fix that pesky Ace spot that Roy has temporarily vacated.

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No.

Not that Ace.

THE ACE.

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And if we are gonna dip into that old late 80s early 90s magic bag. Then we go back into time and resurrect The Terminator.

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Ummm. No.

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Yeah now that’s the ticket.

If I never post again, at least I got to post the arrogantly ugly yet so exquisitely perfect combination of THAT Tom Henke chesire grin with the 88 Tops All-Star mis-design.

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Seems like yesterday

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DJF has one of the funniest takes on the matchup that went down. It’s a preview but the pics and the JP knock at the end is killer. Truthfully I didn’t want AJ to go … to the Yankees. But not because he was such a great Jay, but because I’m still a Yankees fan. I saw AJ’s greatest year in 2008 and I cheered like a beast for him unlike every Jays fan I knew. But I knew that was it. When he signed I just said he’s now a Yankee retread and I thought this was the year they were gonna be smart investors. New first name, same re$ult. Still Teacher vs Student was pretty damn cool.

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43k rocking the Dome? I haven’t heard that since … opening day and then before that Canada vs USA at the WBC.. but previously … well obviously it’s been silent since 93. I’ve been to MANY big time games and I had the chance to go to this but passed.

Passed? yes … you see it was opening day of my 2nd softball league and well you know … I’d rather play. I still got home to see AJ exit, that was a pretty cool moment. Electricity in MAY!

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Look what the Jays HAD to do to get noticed on MLB.com. TWIB was forced to show another Jays rookie Scott Richmond who was the AL Rookie of the Month. Richmond vs Greinke vs Romero vs Bannister is gonna be fun this year. Battle of the nobody’s that everybody should know. Scottie incidentally takes his 4-1 record into battle tomorrow night… just in case Halladay didn’t warm you up.

I was once blessed with watching Jim Clancy, Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, Juan Guzman, David Wells and even a Cy Young winner Pat Hentgen start games here. Then Roger freakin Clemens had 2 of his greatest years in front of my face. Now I suggest any Jays fan go watch Roy start live, and be grateful you get to watch him pitch every 5th day. He’ll be the 2nd Jays player (after Robbie Alomar next year) in the HOF. He IS that mega-superstar we think we need to sign. Scott “rock and” Rolen and Aaron MVP Hill round out the 3 stars.

Roy – Complete game, 1 run masterpiece, AJ – 8th inning 5 run exit.

It does seem like old times,” manager Cito Gaston said with a smile.

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Walk-Off Wednesday!!

First Melky and then Millar!

Too sweet and rare for a Jays and Yanks fan (which is odd I know) to get this in one day.

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From my Twitter: MILLAR!!! I can’t believe I’m finally cheering for the epitome of the “idiots” 04 Sox team .. the team I hate the most ever.

And dude was an Oriole. He’s gotta end his career as a Yankee. Or maybe go the Boggs route – Yanks and then Rays. AL EAST 4 Life!! ahaha. If he ever gets traded to a non AL East team .. it’ll be Detroit or Milwaukee,

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Also Bengie Molina former Jay had a walk-off double for the Giants. I’d put the pic here but mlblogs.com is way too slow. Must be a ton of people on here always when I wanna post!

Btw .. mlb.com and twib .. why do you hate Toronto so much? C’mon show em SOME love at least!!! How can Millar’s walk-off not even get a mention at all? One of the best teams in the game and yet … nada. Lind, Snider, Romero … no rookie love?? Damn, that’s cold.