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Three Things From Week Four

Taking three of four from Oakland at the end of week four (April 26 – May 2)  salvaged a rough start for the Jays, and left them at an even .500 through 26 games.   The week started with three very competitive games against Boston that were at once encouraging and frustrating.  Encouraging because the Jays proved that they could play with elite competition like the Red Sox, but frustrating because they know they can not consistently beat them.  However, the fact that this ballclub, who was predicted to finish dead last, has won an equal number of games as they’ve lost, is a good sign.

Here are three noteworthy things from the week that was for the Jays: Continue reading Three Things From Week Four

Classic Quotes from the Upper Deck – April 29th, 2010

The Jays beat Oakland 6-3 on Thursday in front of 10,721 fans.  One of those fans was a beefy, mid’20’s redhead sitting near us in the 500 level in pure silence until unleashing three profanity-laced, high-volume masterpieces in front of men, women, and children in three consecutive innings.  To the surprise of everybody, no warnings were issued by security or by the section 524A usher.  Here are the top quotes from the game, all by the same guy:

  • “Now I’m right in the f*#@ing action, right near the f*#@ing Blue Jays” – beefy redhead, 5th inning, after moving up from 16 to row 12.
  • “F*#@ you Kouzmanoff!  You got nothin’!” – beefy redhead, 6th inning, during an at bat by A’s 3B Kevin Kouzmanoff.
  • “F*$# California!  F*#@ California!” – beefy redhead, 7th inning, no idea what that means.  After yelling that, he promptly stood up and left the game.

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500 Level Fan of the Game – April 29th, 2010

They say that a full moon brings out the crazy in some people, and it appears that an open Rogers Centre roof might have the same effect.  On a beautiful night in Toronto, the 500 level was full of characters making it very difficult to choose a fan of the game.  And you know when one fan gets so blind drunk that he passes out in the 6th inning, and another decides to shout three profanity-laced heckles from out of nowhere (see They Said It), it will take a very special person to knock them off.  Ladies and Gentlemen, the 500 Level Fan of the Game for Thursday April 29th against Oakland – the Hitting Coach. Continue reading 500 Level Fan of the Game – April 29th, 2010

500 Level Fan of the Game – April 27th, 2010

Despite Shaun Marcum’s best efforts, the Blue Jays dropped a tough one last night to Boston 2-1.  A bases loaded walk by Kevin Gregg in the eighth inning brought in the winning run to the disgust of most in attendance – especially one fan.  From Section 518, Row 8, I proudly present the inaugural 500 Level Fan of the Game: Mr. Damn It! Continue reading 500 Level Fan of the Game – April 27th, 2010

Three Things From Week Three

The third week of the 2010 schedule was an up-and-down affair for the Blue Jays. They had their first taste of tough AL East competition with a three game set in Tampa, and finished the week with a 3-3 record. But shoddy bullpen work played a part in all three losses, leaving a black mark on what could have been a stellar week. Starting pitching continues to be a strong spot for Toronto, but poor hitting is putting heavy pressure on the bullpen, which, aside from Kevin Gregg, is crumbling. Continue reading Three Things From Week Three

Three Things From Week Two

*Originally written April 19th

Nobody expected a first place finish by Toronto this year, so the fact that they fell a bit in week two is not surprising. What is surprising is that the fall came at home. Toronto was miserable on the road in 2009 with a 31-50 record – third worst in the American League. But their home record of 44-37 was very respectable, especially considering the division where the Jays reside. same sites Unfortunately that hasn’t carried forward into 2010, with Toronto dropping five of their first seven home games, including a three game sweep at the hands of the Angels. The struggles at home are a big story from the second week of the season. Here are three more: Continue reading Three Things From Week Two

Three Things From Week One

*originally written April 12th

Who would have thought it was possible? After one week the Toronto Blue Jays are 5 – 1 and sitting in first place in both the American League East, and the entire MLB. For a team that was picked by virtually all baseball experts to finish dead last, Toronto couldn’t have asked for a better start. After a tough loss on opening day, the Jays have rebounded for five straight wins heading into the home opener tonight.

As good as it’s been, it’s important not to get too caught up in the start. Less than 4% of the season has been played, and not even the most optimistic Jays fan believes Toronto can sustain this pace. The Jays are still picked by most, if not all, observers to finish in the basement come October. But the great start has allowed the fans to focus on the good things about this team, and has even started building some excitement in the city. Continue reading Three Things From Week One