Monday, June 1, 2020

Monday Support

Photo by Alexander Abero on Unsplash

I get it. It's distressing watching what is going on in the world today. However, I do want to remind you that what you are seeing is what has always been there and that it's actually a positive thing that so much that was hidden is now being revealed. That's the first step to healing this world.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Play in the MLB During the COVID-19 Pandemic - My View

It is July 4th and we are ready to play some baseball. All the players, team staff and coaches have been tested daily and players who test positive have been placed in quarantine away from teammates and the other teams. The purpose of this blog post will be how I see the game of baseball progressing once play resumes (with social distancing measures in place). Some of my ideas will jive with what the MLB is proposing. Anyway, here goes.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

I'm grateful that my job is getting progressively better. I'm also grateful I live in a world where I can listen to music whenever I want. This song popped into my head after work last night and voila, I could listen to it!

What are you grateful for?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

My COVID-19 story

It's been two months since the Blue Jays last played a game (a 7-5 spring training win over the Pittsburgh Pirates). As I write this, the Blue Jays should be wrapping up a series in Texas before moving onto the windy city to take on the White Sox. Instead, we are left to watch occasional bullpen sessions from Marcus Stroman when he posts on twitter, or go onto YouTube and watch retro games from season's past or watch retro games on Sportsnet. Nobody has a clue when players will be able to pick up a ball again or swing at a pitch. The MLB has currently sent a proposal to the player's association on a possible truncated season scenario. It may involve something like the NHL is doing with various teams gathering in hubs and isolating in the nearly empty hotels. Of course any start-up plan will be foiled the moment a player or team official tests positive for the COVID-19 virus. The other question is whether players would be willing to sacrifice several months away from their families. Blue Jay's pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu and his wife are expecting a child in the summer. Will he want to be in Toronto while his pregnant wife is in Florida? Anyway, there's still lots of hurdles to overcome, but I want to get to the point of this post.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

I'm grateful that my mom is out of isolation and being able to hear my dad laugh. What are you grateful for?

Friday, May 1, 2020

Monday, April 27, 2020

Monday Support

Photo by Neil Thomas on Unsplash

With this ongoing situation, I know some members of our community are having a tough time. So I'm going to share some resources each week that I feel can be helpful.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

THE BLUE Edgar Allan Cramps (nocramps of course silly)

By nocramps13
(Inspired by the drunken park bench altercation of Joe McD.)

Once upon a spring night sadly, while I brooded, breathing badly,
Over many a strange and spurious posting of a season tore-
While I pointed, predicating, suddenly there came a scraping,
As if something lay in waiting, waiting at my bedroom door.
"Who the heck is that?" I sputtered, "scraping at my bedroom door?"-
And a Jager I did pour.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:
I’m reading a book on the history of glue – can’t put it down.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Safe-Distance Party Weekend!

oops! you've caught me in the middle of something. gimme five minutes?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

I'm grateful that the last time my dad talked to my mom, she was healthy and in good spirits. Three people in her neighbourhood have died in the past week so I'm grateful that she's been untouched and that so many are holding her in the their thoughts.

What are you grateful for?

Monday, April 13, 2020

Parable for our times

I've been doing this meditation adventure and one day this story came up. I thought this might be something worth sharing with the community.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Dr. Risleys Advice To Avoiding Panic During The Pandemic......

Step one....find a non partner....

Seems Correct

Friday, April 3, 2020

Party Night!

Tonight is the JITH video chat party, from 9 - 11pm EDT. If you want to join your fellow JITHers and chat, make sure you email with your handle and I'll send you an invite. If you've told me you want to come and haven't received an invite, check your spam folder. It may be there. If not, give me a holler on the site and I'll resend.

And if anyone doesn't have video chat capabilities, there is a phone-in option as well. We'd love to have you.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

I'm grateful that I made this place so you guys can make 1100 comments over 2 days. I'm grateful for technology that allows me to keep in touch with people and have virtual hangouts.

Speaking of which, I'm thinking of doing a Zoom get together. If you haven't already, email me at (this account is specific to this site) with your handle and when would be a good time for you. I'm currently thinking about this Friday night. I won't post the details here because of the prevalence of Zoombombing (that's also why I'm asking for everyone's handles) but will email you all. The challenge is that my free account only allows for gatherings over 2 people for 40 minutes. If someone has a pro account and could host, that would be better. Failing that, we might just have to create a new meeting every 30 minutes. 

What are you grateful for?

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Economics of a Lost Season

Now, this is a story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down

As the opening line to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song would allude to, the entire sporting world has been rocked by the COVID-19 virus. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred already had his hands full with the Astros trash banging scandal and is in line to be a bigger Enemy of The State than the current POTUS if the 2020 season is officially canceled. It`s optimistic to think a season could begin before Independence Day. In the event of a partial season, it surely would be unlike any other with impacts that go far beyond the sport of baseball in 2020. While it's tough to put the Focus on baseball in the midst of a global pandemic, these issues will impact the economic landscape for future years, such as the draft, free agency, roster sizes, minor league teams, and long term feasibility of the sport.

Friday, March 27, 2020

COVID-19 and the impact on baseball

The Blue Jays should be playing their second game of the season today with Matt Shoemaker taking the bump after new lefty ace Hyun-Jin Ryu took the ball yesterday on a much anticipated opening day. Instead of griping over Vlad's inability to elevate the ball or him striking out too much, fans are wondering when the season will commence, if at all.  On New Year's eve, the WHO first reported on a new pneumonia in Wuhan, China.Over the next two and a half months, the virus quickly spread globally into every country and was officially declared a pandemic on March 11. The Blue Jays playd one more game the next day before the Grapefruit League was shut down. Initially, players had access to facilities, but that has changed and now workouts must be done at home. While undoubtedly no one is likely happy to be not playing, Chris Sale and Tim Mayza, who are both not pitching this year after Tommy John surgery, might hate the lost games a bit less. To date, no major league players have tested positive for COVID-19. However, two Yankees minor-leaguers, a Red Sox minor leaguer and a Reds spring training employee have all tested positive for  COVID-19

The last time the MLB season was interrupted was in 1994 when players went on strike August 4, wiping out the remainder of that season and the World Series for just the second time in league history (the 1904 World Series was not rewarded because the NY Giants declined to meet the champions of the "junior" (or "minor") league. McGraw said his Giants were already the world champions because they were the champions of the "only real major league" Labor disputes also led to the cancellation of 86 games in 1972 and 713 games in 1981.

Issues for restarting play

Baseball is in the best position of the three major sports that were in progress. When the decision was made by the three major leagues that were in season, the MLB was at the beginning of the season (in fact, it was the middle of spring training) whereas the NHL and NBA were in the final stretch of their year with playoffs right around the corner. Once play resumes, there will need to be an abbreviated training camp with a few games that don't count before beginning regular season play.

One big issues for restarting play will be the pitchers, and in particular the starting pitchers, who will basically be starting from scratch after having the latter part of spring training scrapped. Typically, pitchers need around 5 or 6 starts to stretch out their length and have the ability to throw 90-100 pitches. The MLB is going to have to consider allowing expanded bullpens to handle the innings relievers will have to eat up until the starters build back up again

Another issue that was addressed is service time. It looks like the league will count this as a lost year. I think the league needs to consider putting a limit of games played for service time used. What if the extreme happens and all 162 games are wiped out? How could the league justify a team losing a year of service time in that scenario.

A third issue is games played. Will the season get extended into October with playoffs in November? What will the schedule look like? It's anyone's guess when the restrictions in place will be lifted. Don't hold your breath for Trump's hope of life returning to normal by Easter. At the earliest, you might see bans lifted the beginning of May. Don't be surprised if initially games are played at empty ball parks as experts are saying the social distancing may last for months. Also, extending the season too much could have weather impacts depending who makes the WS (unless you do like the NFL and play at a neutral site). Not to mention the quick turnaround for the following season.

In the meantime, let's all tip our baseball caps to the amazing health care workers and everyone else involved at 7pm in your local time each evening to thank them for their amazing work during the pandemic. Also, practice your social distancing, wash your hands frequently and don't touch your face so we can get back to cheering on the Blue jays sooner rather than later. Stay safe everyone!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

How is everyone holding up?

I'm grateful to have connected with an old friend. He's a musician and he's inspiring me to get to my music. I've downloaded a bunch of instrumental tracks and I'm having fun playing with some fave songs. (Really wish I had a good microphone to record stuff.)

Also grateful I have a place to live and food to eat. And a working cell phone and internet connection.

What are you grateful for?

Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:

Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon? Great food, no atmosphere.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

Well my friends, the whole world has changed. A week ago, we still had baseball. Now all we have is uncertainty. Thinking it's a good thing we all learn to live with uncertainty. It builds resilience, which will serve us all well going forward.

We also have each other. Choose love instead of fear. We will get through this.

I'm grateful for all of you in this community. I'm also grateful for a solid reason not to go to work.

What are you grateful for?

Monday, March 16, 2020

Adopt a MiLB player

Giving credit where credit is due. This book was how I learned how on the financial edge many minor leaguers are.

So lost in all the news was a discussion Friday night where RADAR posted this tweet:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Brave New World

This is kind of a gratitude post. Was too tired and up too late Tuesday to get one done. Then all the news yesterday about COVID19 precautions. NBA suspending their season. Possibly losing opening day. People having to cancel vacation plans. (Holy crap, it's spring break next week. So many plans - what's going to happen?) The vacillation between "oh, it's way overblown" and "do you want a repeat of the flu of 1919?"

So let's take this moment to be thankful for this community. Tom Jackson and the multiple dog gifs. Joe and his attempts to make us laugh. Mule stepping in to run the fantasy league. Everyone who has been participating in such great discussions around what's happening, posting music, and just stuff in general.
Boy is this vid a trip!

In the face of all of this, it's important to remember that as humans, we need to be touched. Please don't let all this fear deny you that simple pleasure.

I personally am grateful for those of you who used the amazon link for your Christmas shopping. The payout allowed me to indulge in my oracle card collecting and I received my newest deck (Matt Kahn's The Healing Mantra deck) on Tuesday.

I decided to pull a card for this community and I had to laugh at what came up.

Overcoming Fear: 
I will transcend every loss.

The description for the card says:
When fear is overcome, you are able to rest in the resilience of your soul, no matter how frustrated or inconvenienced your ego seems to be. You are able to embrace each obstacle and circumstance as life's auspicious way of helping you become the one you were always destined to be. In overcoming fear, every loss surely inspires a gain of insight for the evolution of your spiritual journey.  
This mantra is ideal for opening back up to life, healing chronic fatigue, and releasing cellular memories.
With all the fear we're being bombarded with right now, take care of yourselves and know we've got each other no matter what happens.

Monday, March 9, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:

What do you call a magic dog? A Labracadabrador.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

I'm grateful I was able to switch my work schedule to have Mondays and Tuesdays off. I'm grateful my contract has only 7 weeks left. I'm grateful for artisan milk chocolate. I'm grateful my friend gave me a free body treatment. I'm grateful my parents are hanging in.

What are you grateful for?

Monday, March 2, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:

Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers?  They say he made a mint!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

I'm grateful I'm able to post and that baseball is back! What are you grateful for?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

i am grateful i got that stinking bag of garbage to the curb without falling down my icy steps.

what are you grateful for?

Saturday, February 15, 2020

SS Equals Shortstop and Silky Smooth: Tony Fernandez (1962-2020)

Mike Slaughter/Getty Images

This is not how I wanted to make my return to the JITH writer pool. In fact, it had reached the point where I wasn't sure if I was ever going to write another post, but Octavio Antonio Fernandez Castro's passing has snapped me out of my stupour, and compelled me to submit this offering that will attempt to put into words the on-field exploits of the man who had four different stints with our Blue Jays. I have no personal first hand accounts of the way he conducted himself off the field, but there's no shortage of them online. Here, here, and here for example. Join me on the other side, as we celebrate the life and career of the late, great Tony Fernandez.

Party Weekend: Post-Valentine's Day Edition!

morning has broken (me).

Monday, February 10, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution: I've been bored recently so I've decided to take up fencing. The neighbors said they will call the police unless I put it back.

*Does anyone want to write up something for Thursday, when pitchers and catchers report?

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

Today, I am grateful to all the people who gave me money last week. Also grateful for my new job, even though it's requiring huge life adjustments.

What are you grateful for?

Monday, February 3, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:

What did the bra say to the hat? You go on ahead. I gotta give these two a lift.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Party Weekend / WTFJITH 90's edition!

It is that time of the week again, time to share some music with the class.I am probably aging a lot of you people here, but I spent the better part of my youth in the 90s and it was awesome! I remember always getting the latest "Big Shiny Tunes" CD and there were some great songs that have long since been forgotten (by me at least). Here were some of my favorites. 

The 90's also had the best PSAs! 

What are your favorite 90's songs?


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

Today I'm grateful that a friend sent me money for groceries. Haven't been able to go shopping for a week and have run out of almost everything.

What are you grateful for?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:

I wouldn't buy anything with velcro. It's a total rip-off.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Party Weekend

My roommate's cold has migrated to me so I won't be partying too much this weekend. But to start you off, here's the vid that ruined Billy Squier.

Personally, I found him hot in this. C'est la vie.

Share your vids below.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Walker in the Hall

So young. So innocent.

For the second year in a row, the Gratitude post that comes after the HOF announcement gets preempted for a tribute thread. This time for Expos star and pride of BC, Larry Walker.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:

If two vegans get in a fight, is it still considered a beef?

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Party Weekend

[stolen photograph courtesy of Smasher]

(a.k.a Party Weekend!)

18 January 2020 10AM EST


Have at 'er, you bastards. Remember to clean up after yourselves.

Oh and don't touch my levels.


Here's a quick one to kick things off:

I love that song. It evokes fond memories (as music often does).

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hump Day Gratitude

Well, I'm grateful Boston is in turmoil. I'm grateful that justice is being served. Grateful spring training is only a month away. Grateful that the Winter Tour still happens so the rest of the country gets a chance to see the players. Grateful for Winterfest this weekend, even if I can't go.

What are you grateful for?

Monday, January 13, 2020

Monday Moans

Because Mondays are hard enough.

My contribution:

Breaking news! Energizer Bunny arrested – charged with battery.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar aka WTFJITH

Hello All,

Been a while but it's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class.