Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas JITH!

Tidings of great joy! Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, I hope you are having a fantastic day.

Thank you for your generosity. $1,950 was raised to help JITHers in need. This is an amazing community and I'm happy to be part of it. I so appreciate y'all.

No music theme today. Go wild with whatever brings you joy. Let's make this a happy place. (And no, webcam bots, that doesn't mean you!)

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Lockout: A mini rant


Photo by John Salvino on Unsplash

This post mainly exists because we need a fresh thread, but while we are here...

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Saturday Spanish Guitar: AKA WTFJITH


The last thread has gotten long so starting this one early.

Before we get to the music, I want to let you know that we have restarted the fundraiser we ran last December to help our fellow JITHers in need. If you are able, here is the Go Fund me link to the fundraiser. If you'd rather just do an e-transfer, message me at If you are a JITHer in need, you can use that address to ask for help. No shame! We all need help now and then.

I am so in awe of the generosity of this community. Last year's campaign really helped out some people. I hope we can do it again.

You might also want to keep an eye on the Jays' 7 Days of Giveaways. Entries open each day at 10am EST.

Ok. Let's get the party started! We have a new release.

Post your favourites below. Next week - Christmas music!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar: AKA WTFJITH


After an eventfully week, we're back to the sultry sounds of a Saturday night. Friend of JITH Estas Tonne released a new video:

Share your musical picks.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Stuff to ponder for December 3, 2021


While we are waiting for the CBA negotiation to get resolved let's keep in mind that both sides will be following the labour negotiations handbook. You already know the routine. Demand the moon just to gauge the other side's reaction. Act offended at the counter proposal. Drag it out, claiming that'll go on for a long time unless the other side concedes. Settle at the last minute, saying that massive concessions were needed to obtain the agreement.

PTBNL linked in the previous comment section about a potential Grichuk/JBR trade that didn't get made.

There's another Guerrero , Vlad's younger brother Pablo who is 15,who has some Jays fans yearning for all the young Guerreros.

From MLBTR, it's being reported that once the lockout has ended, the Jays have more cake in the war chest to spend.

Mentioned this for shits and giggles, in the previous thread, that Vlad's projected Market Value done by Spotrac is 475 million. That's over the next 15 years.

How are we all feeling about a Berrios, Gausman, Manoah, Ryu and Stripling/whoever rotation for 2022?

Just throwing stuff out there for a new post.

See you in the comment section.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Not Much Going On Eh?

Eleventy billion dollars spent so far. Eleventy billion more to go before the deadline on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. LET'S GOOO!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar: AKA WTFJITH


I'm writing this having just lost it both in the grocery store and seeing a booth selling gifts for men. It's been a rough go for me recently and I just found out I can't get the night off work to see my friend premiere his new chamber piece. So, I look to music to cheer me up.

Our friend Estas Tonne has premiered a new video:

Post the music that cheers you up.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Happy American Thanksgiving To Our American JitHer Friends

Couldn't think of any other title, and this one offered an excuse to post a pic of this little imp, looking to scarf down the festive bird, much to the delight of everyone assembled. There probably won't be much news until Monday, because of the holiday, but 1340 (and counting) comments seems like enough to leave the Saturday WTFJITH thread, from five days ago, in the dust.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Saturday Night Spanish Guitar AKA: WTFJITH


Another off-season Saturday night, another music extravaganza. Here's this week's Spanish guitar to get things started.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Blue Jays news post Nov.17 2021


With the previous posts comment section filling up, time to a new one.

Big news, of course, is the Berrios signing. 7 years for 131 with an opt out at 5 years. Some observations.

- Jose musta liked his time here because he was on record as saying he wouldn't sign before testing the free agent market. Guess something changed his mind. He arguably might have been the top FA starter available in his FA year.

- 7 year contract puts another stamp the end of  contract length as deterrent to signing players.

- Berrios is one of the most durable pitchers in MLB and is only 27.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

The Return of WTFJITH! (Otherwise known as Saturday Night Spanish Guitar)


As Wolf would say: 

It's time once again to break out your best (or worst) music choices to share with the class. As always, music is the theme but baseball/hockey/basketball/other stuff can of course be discussed. Enjoy everyone!

Let's get started by featuring the patron saint of this tradition:

Hope you get to see this, Wolf.

Monday, November 8, 2021

TJ's AL Awards, and full season All-Stars

Howdy folks. It was a great season for our guys, but a strange season in the AL, as seven teams won 90 or more games, and there were really only two absolute dogs in the league. The Orioles lost 110 games, and Texas lost 102. No other team lost 90 or more. The Blue Jays great, and all around really fun, season is a big reason I got off my ass to do these posts. Let's dive in.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

TJ's 2021 NL Awards and full season All-Stars

Howdy folks. It's now four years since I did the last post of this series, so it's probably time to make another attempt. 2017 was not a good year for the Blue Jays. Nor was 2018. Or 2019. In 2020, they made the postseason, but drawing any conclusions from a 60-game season is dumb IMHO. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Ten random thoughts: a 2021 season review


The Toronto Blue Jays were one of the most feared teams in the MLB with an offense that scored 186 more runs  than they allowed and an offense that set a new single season franchise record for HR. Unfortunately, the Blue Jays play in arguably the most difficult division in the MLB where 4 teams topped 90 wins. The Blue Jays had 4 players with 100+ RBI (Teo 116, Vlad 111 and Marcus Semien and Bo each drove in 102 runs) Bo fell a HR short of 30 on the season, or the Blue Jays would have had 4 players with 30+ HR. Vlad narrowly missed a triple crown IN JUST HIS SECOND 162 SEASON! The starting pitchers generally did their job, consistently pitching 6 innings or more, putting less stress on the bullpen. Robbie Ray is a favorite to win the Cy Young after winning 13 games, posting a solid 2.84 ERA. Ray was also a strike out machine, getting 10+ strikeouts in ten of his starts. Hyun-Jin Ryu had a rough go with a few injuries and being ineffective, but he still managed 14 wins. Steven Matz was one of the pleasant surprises of the year, getting 14 wins and being the effective 5th starter the Blue Jays have lacked in recent years. Alek Manoah was 9-2 with a 3.22  ERA in 11 starts after his recall from AAA-ball. Jordan Romano stepped up and became the Blue Jays closer after Kirby Yates was declared out for the season with TJ surgery before the season began. Romano was 7-1 with 23 saves and a 2.14ERA. Tim Mayza beat the odds and made the team coming back from TJ surgery. He was among the most reliable lefty relievers. Here are ten random thoughts to end the season.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Game #162 Baltimore Orioless (52-110) @ Toronto Blue Jays (91-71) - game recap


George Springer hit a solo shot and a grand slam in a 12-4 rout over the Orioles to end the season

It all comes down to this: win and maybe force an extra game if the Red Sox and/or Yankees lose their final game today. Lose and the Blue Jays are out. They are fielding the same lineup that trounced the Orioles 10-1 yesterday and the usually reliable Hyun-Jin Ryu is on the bump. Could the Blue Jays make it three straight wins? Here is today's game recap.

Game #162 Baltimore Orioles (52-109) @ Toronto Blue Jays (90-71)


Saturday, October 2, 2021

Game #161 Baltimore Orioless (52-109) @ Toronto Blue Jays (90-71) - game recap


Alek Manoah threw 7 stellar innings in a 10-1 rout over the Orioles

Two games left and the Blue Jays simply have to win both games and hope Seattle and Boston lose at least one of their remaining 2 games. The Blue Jays and Mariners sit a game back of the Red Sox for the 2nd WC spot. Alek Manoah got the start today with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was back in the lineup as DH. Vlad was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Could the Blue Jays make it two straight wins? Here is today's game recap.

Game #161 Baltimore Orioles (52-108) @ Toronto Blue Jays (89-71)


Friday, October 1, 2021

Game #160 Baltimore Orioless (52-108) @ Toronto Blue Jays (89-71) - game recap


Steven Matz threw 7 strong innings in a 6-4 win over the Orioles

It all comes down to this, three games against division rivals Baltimore Orioles. Before fans start popping the champagne cork on extending the season to a game 163 and/or making the playoffs, the Orioles juat beat Boston in 2/3 games. They have won 5 of the season series meetings vs. the Blue Jays. Their players are playing for jobs next season and I'm sure would love to eliminate a hated division rival. Further, they are a game back of the 2nd WC spot heading into the final weekend and will need help from the Angels and Nationals to force that game #163. The Mariners are hot, having won 4 straight. The Red Sox, like the Blue Jays, have a potent lineup capable of putting up big #'s. Get your popcorn ready, it's set to be a wild final weekend of the season. Steven Matz got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Vlad got the half day off as DH with Cavan Biggio at 1B. Could the Blue Jays start the final weekend with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #160 Baltimore Orioles (52-107) @ Toronto Blue Jays (88-71)


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Game #159 New York Yankees (90-67) @ Toronto Blue Jays (88-71) - game recap


Bo Bichette was 2-3 with a run scored in a 7-2 loss to the Yankees

After pulling off a massive late win on the bck of a solo blast in the 8th by Bo Bichette, the Blue Jays try to make it two wins in a row. Ace Robbie Ray got his final start of the season with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. sat out, presumably with hand issues. Corey Dickerson DH'ed with Teo in LF, George Springer in CF and Randal Grichuk in RF. Could the Blue Jays make it two in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #159 New York Yankees (90-68) @ Toronto Blue Jays (88-70)


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Game #158 New York Yankees (89-68) @ Toronto Blue Jays (87-71) - game recap


Bo Bichette hit a clutch go-ahead solo HR in the 8th as the Blue Jays edged the Yankees 6-5

After an untimely loss to the Yankees last night, the Blue Jays try to get right back on track with a win. Jake Lamb cleared waivers and is now a free agent. Jacob Barnes had his contract selected and Anthony Castro was optioned to AAA. Jose Berrios got the start with Reese McGuire behind the plate. The rest of the lineup was the same as last night. Could the Blue Jays even the series? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #158 New York Yankees (90-67) @ Toronto Blue Jays (87-70)


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Game #157 New York Yankees (89-67) @ Toronto Blue Jays (86-71) - game recap


Bo Bichette scored a run and drove in a run in a 7-2 loss to the Yankees

It all comes down to this, after 27 grinding weeks of baseball, the Blue Jays have reached the final week of the reglar season. Tonight, they opened a crucial 3-game set against the red-hot Yankees - winners of 6 straight. The Blue Jays have won 10 of the first 16 meetings in the season series, outscoring the Bronx Bombers 69-50. The Blue Jays lineup added a lefty-bat with Cavan Biggio being reinstated from the IL. Ryan Borucki was optioned to AAA. Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the IL to start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing Sunday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. returned to the lineup as DH after missing 2 games after having his hand stomped on Friday by Randal Grichuk, requiring stitches. Could the Blue Jays make it three wins in a row? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game #157 New York Yankees (89-67) @ Toronto Blue Jays (87-69)


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Game #156 Toronto Blue Jays (86-70) @ Minnesota Twina (68-86) - game recap

   Danny Jansen hit a 3-run HR in a 5-2 victory over the Twins

After a solid win on the back of a gutsy Robbie Ray performance and three big swats, the Blue Jays wrapped up the road portion of their schedule in the Twin cities. Alek Manoah got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer got the half day off as DH with Randal Grichuk in CF, Teo in RF and Corey Dickerson in LF. Could the Blue Jays make it two in a row? Here is today's game recap.