Monday, March 25, 2019

It's Time to Say Goodbye to Kevin Pillar

It's not you. It's me. I need to move on. 
Remember the 2016 Toronto Blue Jays? Of course you do. It was a great year. To recap: the Jays squeaked into the playoffs, beat the Lolrioles in the AL Wild Card game, and then crushed Texas with a clean sweep before somehow bowing out to the Clevelanders in 5. The lost to the Chicago Cubs in 7, snapping a 108 year drought. Baseball is crazy!

Although less than three years have passed, the team is now radically different. It's a complete rebuild. The kids are coming. The only starting position player remaining slash healthy is Kevin Pillar (Devon Travis is starting the year injured, again). For the record KP had a OPS+ of 81 that season, which is simply terrible. Donaldson led the team with a OPS+ of 153, good enough for a 4th place finish in AL MVP voting. That's a huge difference.

I could go on and on about how bad Kevin Pillar has been offensively over the years. His epic slumps, his high K rates, how he couldn't buy a walk. We get it. The guy could never really hit.

I was going to talk about his defensive decline. Last year he was below league average patrolling CF. He's over 30 and he's not a leader. The superstar kids do not respect him. They're either speaking another language or used to superstar fathers. They will garner nothing new from KP.

I go on and on about how Alford, Davis and/or Pompey deserve a shot. They're not teenagers but they are still part of the youth movement... And hey, Pompey is from Mississauga!

Happier days... Donaldson scores in extras to advance to the 2016 ALCS
But why I really want to finally see old KP go is because of the memories. It still hurts. Coming so close to the World Series. Having those great teams with David Price (did that really happen?) and Dosh and EE and Joey Bats and Russell Martin doing us proud. Man, those were exciting times. And if Tulo shines for the Yankees this year, a small part of me winces in remembrance of KP's chin breaking his shoulder blade... Good luck with the Giants bud.

The good times are over. It's a fresh start. The kids are coming and they are more than alright...

Kevin Pillar is like that nice sweater your ex-girlfriend bought you for Christmas several years ago. You love that sweater but every time you see it in your closet your heart breaks a little bit. Flashbacks to the good times you've shared. Forever gone. Best give it away to your stepdad or Value Village and move on. Time really does heals all wounds.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH aka Grapefruit Game #19/20

Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Another Spring Training Gratitude


So, grateful that at least we're getting some games on tv?

For me, I'm grateful that I've been able to live where I am for as long as I am. I'm grateful I had a warm place to sleep and food to eat throughout this winter. I'm grateful that I've had places to be in solitude and places to be in the loving embrace of friends. I'm grateful for each additional day I get to stay here. I'm grateful to all who have financially supported me and I extend that gratitude for the support that is coming as well.

I'm grateful for this community, who I know will still be here no matter what happens to me next.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH aka Grapefruit Game #14


Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Happy Anniversary


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According to Heraclitus the Greek philosopher, "change is the only constant in life" which has also been translated to " the only constant is change".

Which leads to a lyric by David Byrne " And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?"
This is the third anniversary of Jays in the House, a blog created by MK out of a desire to keep a group of diehard Jays fans together, from an ever shrinking commenting base of followers of Andrew Stoeten, at Blue Jays Nation.

In what, I think, is a loose example of the butterfly effect. In 2006, emails morphed into a blog which transitioned into another blog, which led to another blog which eventually became another blog that was a part of a conglomerate. The last of these transformations wasn't very commenter friendly, people were giving up in frustration and let that be known. While the author claimed the readership didn't really care about the comment section, he seemed unaware there was a community of real people, built up over many years, who expressed their opinions and interacted, in part. to keep that readership returning. There's probably some irony in there.

There should be a retrospective post on the past, detailing the journey from emails to blogs to the current condition and how we got here. But today is not about that. It's a celebration of 3 years of JITH, of laughs, of  arguments, of discussion, of knowledge, of dog gif's and music videos.

Perhaps JITH needs a retrospective of it's own. When MK first set up the site, she was concerned that no one would show up and was overwhelmed when people did show up.

People have participated, some have left, some have rejoined the conversations, some have taken a hiatus because life gets in the way but above all, everyone is welcome. The blog itself has evolved, with some non Blue Jays content when times are slow, but that is what gives JITH it's  unique personality.

There's many thanks to spread around. To MK obviously. To GSMC for financing the dot com initially. To the writers of the posts. To many others that are too numerous to mention. Thanks to those who have donated or used the Amazon link for their purchases. And lastly, the biggest thanks to you, the readers, the commenting community, who are the real content providers. I can sincerely say, that I learn so much from the conversations between all of you and I am grateful to read those interactions. I'm often blown away by your knowledge and expertise. Thank you for being you.

All of you are the soul of JITH.

Happy Anniversary to all of you and to many more.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH aka Grapefruit Game #Something


Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Spring Training Gratitude


We definitely need a new post.

I'm grateful for this community. None of us are perfect, we all have our quirks. Sometimes things get heated but I truly appreciate that people are willing to engage and articulate what's bothering them. I also appreciate when people know they need to take a break for a while. I appreciate you supporting each other and reaching out when needed. I very much see us as a family and I appreciate anew every time we muddle through a crisis.

Hopefully we have baseball today and I'm grateful for that too.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Grapefruit Game #1: The Vladdening | Detroit Tigers (0-0) @ Toronto Blue Jays (0-0)




Saturday February 23rd, 2019 | 1:07 pm
Florida Auto Exchange Stadium | Dunedin, FL
Matt Moore (3-8, 6.79 ERA, 1.66 WHIP) vs. Ryan Borucki (4-6,3.87 ERA 1.32 WHIP)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Spring training schedule for your Toronto Blue Jays



Well here we go. After a long, long boring offseason where a great number of teams seem to be in rebuild mode, where over 100 players remain Free Agents because again, teams are in rebuild mode and look like they're already conceding that one of the Yanks, Bosox and Astros are going to be the AL champions.
Instead of listing all the spring training games and the broadcast schedules for radio, tv and the MLB feeds, I thought it would wiser just to link the entirety.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH

Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentines Day! It's Spring Training!


Happy Spring Training Valentines Day! And what better gift can we receive than pitchers and catchers reporting?

The long wait is finally over.

I know the press will be tweeting out photos. Feel free to add in the comments and I'll add some to the post as the day goes on.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH

Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hump Day Gratitude


Here's your weekly gratitude post!

I am grateful that the long winter is almost over and pitchers and catchers report soon. Yay baseball!

I am also grateful that I have food for another day. I am grateful I have a warm place to sleep. I am grateful I have an understanding roommate. I am grateful that people want to give me tools to help me move into the next phase of my life.

I am grateful for all of you.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH


Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hump Day Gratitude


Back to our regular gratitude post. I'm grateful I didn't have to go out into the storm Monday because the show I was to do that night was cancelled last month. I'm also grateful I have somewhere warm to be during this cold snap. Too many people don't.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Hall of Fame - 2020 Outlook and The Future

National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen.  As we bask in the glow of our first drafted-and-homegrown player to make the Hall of Fame, we know that Roy 'Doc' Halladay will always be ours, no matter what the HOF plaque says in July.  Blue Jays fans know it.  Most Phillies fans (idiot columnists notwithstanding) know it.

Harry Leroy Halladay III is a Hall of Famer.

Just amazing to say that.  I remember with pride the day Roberto Alomar was announced as a Hall of Famer and that he said he'd go in as a Blue Jay despite playing just five seasons with the club.  But it is an entirely different level with Doc being a Blue Jay from draft day as a teenager until he was traded to the Phillies after wearing the big league uniform for twelve seasons.

I can remember Doc's debut as a major leaguer (link here, and fun fact: Dave Stieb relieved Doc in the 6th inning) and, of course, the near no-hitter in his next outing.  I watched him "grow up" as a ballplayer, turning in one of the worst seasons in major league history and then gradually evolving into the legendary Doc persona where he developed his second-to-none work ethic, inapproachable manner on game days and bulldog mentality on the mound.  And he did it as a Toronto Blue Jay.



Saturday, January 26, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH


Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Doc in the Hall!

Yes, I'm posting the infamous Doc and me pic. Hope it doesn't come back and bite me in the ass!

This was prepped as another Gratitude post but as someone mentioned in the comments, this should be a tribute post. So here I am at 2:30 in the morning fixing it on the fly.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH


Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hump Day Gratitude


RADAR pointed out that it's now less than 30 days until spring training. So if you want, you can be grateful that soon there will be baseball and no more need for gratitude posts!

I'm currently grateful that Toronto is not buried in snow, nor in a deep freeze. I know this could all change tomorrow (hopefully not before this post goes up, which I'm writing on Tuesday afternoon) but I want to honour this moment as I'm writing.

What are you grateful for?

EDIT: So of course, I go to the Weather Network site and find out there's a storm predicted!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH


Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Hump Day Gratitude


Here it is! Your off-season weekly gratitude post!

Today, I'm grateful that after trying to get things to work since November, I finally got my new service out into the world yesterday. Didn't have the cash flow to pay for automation but cobbled together some free tools to have something to work with.

I am also choosing to be grateful for the cash flow I haven't seen yet. I'm trusting it will come. Just have to keep plugging away...

What are you grateful for?

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH


Hello All,

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Hump Day Gratitude


Welcome to 2019!

Guessing everyone is grateful 2018 is out the door?

I am grateful for a very happy holiday with friends and family. I am grateful for all the possibilities out in front of me. I am grateful for this community and the opportunity to serve it.

What are you grateful for?