Enjoy the last day of 2022!
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Last night I distributed what has been donated so far to the JITH Holiday Fund to 4 members of this community in need. One of those was me. I've used that money for two of my acupuncture appointments and groceries. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
I wanted to make sure money got to people before Christmas but the fund is open for a few more days, with another distribution next week. The link is https://gofund.me/f4c6d417 (last time, I promise!)
Give yourselves a hand. I know I appreciate how supportive this community is.
The good news? Last week before Christmas. Paid days off, even if you don't celebrate.
The bad news? Kids are out of school so everything is going to be a madhouse.
Thanks to your generosity, there is around $1000 (after GoFundMe fees) to spread around to JITHers in need, which includes me. For those who have requested, I'll be able to distribute via bank transfer in a few days, just waiting for the last couple of donations to make it to me.
It's not too late to donate! I am planning on doing another distribution next week for anything that comes in this week. That link is https://gofund.me/f4c6d417.
Also thank you to those who have used the Amazon link. It's been very helpful for me. That link again is https://amzn.to/2q0J0QX.
I know it's been rocky the last few months but this community is full of great people. Thank you for being here.
Enjoy your last day of quiet. School's out for the rest of the year. Which means my roommate is going to be home all the time. Goodbye solitude!
Reminder that first cutoff for JITH Holiday Fund is the 18th so there is enough time to distribute before Christmas. That link again: https://gofund.me/f4c6d417
I'm grateful that everyone is getting along and the site is more pleasant place to be. A reminder that to help fellow posters in need, the link is https://gofund.me/f4c6d417. If you need assistance, message me at jithmk17 at gmail dot com and I'll add you to the list.
I'm grateful that surgery went well and I haven't needed any pain meds since I took a nap when I came home. I'm grateful to my sister for bringing me food delights and letting me hang out with her dog while I recovered. This is Dudley from a few years ago (forgot to take a pic yesterday):
What are you grateful for?
No idea what the terms on the signing is yet. You wanted a left-handed bat, they got a left-handed bat. You wanted a CF, they got a CF. This is most likely a pivot after not getting their original target. You know, it happens. You can through all the money in the world at someone and they may choose to go somewhere else for personal reasons. But no, this is just more examples to you that the front office is incompetent. And so the bitching cycle continues. I'm so done with all of this shit.
And while I'm at, when did "Stupid Sexy Kiermaier" become my thing? It was being used on the site long before I ever used the term. I just repeated what you started. I don't even think he's all that sexy. Dude can take some weight off Springer in center. That's all I care about.
Continue bitching. That seems to be all you care about.
Comments were at 600 at 10pm (500 of of them bitching about the FO) so I'm being proactive with a new thread. Here's why you're not seeing me around much these days. I'm serious. (Follow the links.)
On a different note, here's the link to the JITH Holiday Assistance Fund. Amazon link here.
When I went to bed at 9pm, there were 500ish posts. Thought I could let it ride. Woke up at 1am and made the mistake of looking at the thread. Almost 800 - 600 of them bitching about the FO doing nothing.
So here's your I-need-to-sleep post. No links today. Continue your belly aching. I just have two words for all of you pining for the Gillick days. Stand Pat.
Well, ya'll talked a lot so a fresh thread for the final day. Here's some stuff you may have missed.
Pirates win the draft lottery.
Shapiro says that the luxury tax is not an obstacle for the club. (Told 'ya! Can the "Rogers is Cheap" narrative now fucking die please?)
Crime Dog's press conference on being elected to the HoF. He gets some "Ok Blue Jays" going in there.
Keegan's article on Crime Dog and Toronto.
Yes, yes, everyone's waiting for news. In the meantime:
Here's John Schneidner's live stream from last night.
Here's the All-MLB team announced last night. Our boy Alek made it.
And tonight is the new draft lottery. If interested, MLB.com will be live-streaming it at 8:30pm.
And if you haven't heard yet, The Crime Dog, Fred McGriff, was elected to the HoF by the Contemporary Era committee. You can hear him talk about it here (including reliving a 1987 bomb for us). And here's some career highlights. Happy to see a wrong being righted!
Another weekend, another music post. Today for your listening pleasure, a song I've fallen in love with:
What songs are you jamming to?
Today will be Canada's last game at the World Cup. So I thought I'd give you a few links from the last time they were there, in 1986.
The team entry in the Canadian Encyclopedia.
When Canada made it to the 1986 World Cup
When Canada's men's soccer squad was dubbed 'Team Hopeful'
A soccer ball, a historic moment and Canada's World Cup dream
A reminder that the JITH Holiday Assistance fundraiser is now open until December 18th. (Although I will take donations up until Christmas - this deadline is to do distribution for Christmas.) Donate here.
Today is known across North America as Giving Tuesday. It was intended to take the consumerism that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday and offset it by giving to charitable organizations. While some people felt I should wait until the current thread went past 1000 comments, I wanted to tie in with this day of giving.
First off, congrats to the Toronto Argonauts,winners of the 2022 Grey Cup! I forgot the game was on and sounds like I missed a good one!
I have to be at my surgeon's at 8:15 this morning. Ugh. I'm not built for mornings.
How's your Monday?
Yup, I'm bringing that chestnut back. I doubt there will be any transactions today but who knows?
In the meantime, let's go back in time.
I wrote about Teoscar on Oct 23, 2017.
Here's RADAR talking about the outfield on Jan 31, 2018.
Remember when people used to write posts about their thoughts about the team? Sigh.
Ah tacos, how I missed you! So grateful I have my taste buds back. So grateful I can handle some spice and cheese again.
What are you grateful for?
Another Saturday, another WTFJITH.
My gal Pat Benatar finally was put in the R&R HOF last weekend and while trying to find footage, I ran across this gem. Now my life goal is to sing with my idol.
What have you got?
Another Wednesday, another gratitude post.
I'm grateful the drain under my arm has been removed! Now the healing can truly begin.
What are you grateful for?
Welcome to the first Monday of Standard time! (Excluding those who never changed clocks in the first place.) How are you adjusting to the time change?
Another chance to post your favourite tunes.
This video impressed me. And as nocramps posted last night, note the Blue Jay at 3:56
Another week, another gratitude post.
I'm grateful surgery went well and everything is so far, so good.
What are you grateful for?
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 a new track from the patron saint of this tradition:
Another week, another gratitude post.
I'm grateful I was taken out to dinner at The Keg last night. I'm grateful that my acupuncturist is back today. I'm grateful that this time next week I'll have done my surgery. I'm grateful Doctor Who brought back the Classic Doctors and companions. I'm grateful for the internet.
What are you grateful for?
Yup, it's Monday again!
I really wanted the Padres to go all the way. I also wanted Cleveland to meet them in the WS. What can you do? At least Yankee tears will sustain me.
Today is voting day in Ontario. Don't forget to do your research and vote!
I read "The Boys of Summer" many years ago but recently found it on the shelf and had the urge to give it another look. You see, I have an exam that I must study for and under these circumstances, other aspects of life suddenly gain a vibrancy that they otherwise don't generally have. Even the most obscure items, ideas, or experiences take on an a heightened air of importance!
There are endless numbers of great baseball books out there. A great place to start that covers the last several decades is the annual Casey Award winner, found at the Spitball Magazine website. You can browse it to see the last 37 winners but also quite a few nominees from each year - https://www.spitballmag.com/casey-award-best-baseball-book
Spitball Magazine itself is also worth a look - it's a literary baseball magazine that includes anything from poetry to interviews to short stories. A good starter is the old compilation "The Best of Spitball". Now, on to the main point.....an extremely short synopsis of "The Boys of Summer"...I'm tired so I can already tell I'll be mailing this part in and it'll be short!
The book mainly covers four distinct stories. It first delves into Kahn's childhood in Brooklyn, including his relationship with his parents, a titillating encounter with his nanny, and some detail about the city and baseball at that time.
As he gets older, he starts to get into journalism and I found the parts of the book that discussed the inner workings of the newspaper and sports writing business to be very illuminating - few of us even get a physical newspaper anymore and folks who write about sports are in a completely different world that the old-timers were. We should start a JITH newspaper that covers the Jays but issue it ONLY in physical form!
As things move along Kahn finally gets assigned to the Dodgers beat and covers the team for a couple of seasons. There is some coverage of the games, particularly playoffs, but a lot of the action takes place in the locker room or elsewhere, as this was back in the day where the reporters had good access to the club and players, travelled directly with them, and often drank and played cards with them on a regular basis. Some effort is also put into detailing the relationships Kahn and the players had with the front office (i.e. the owners).
Likely my favourite part of the book is when Kahn decides to visit the main players in 1970 to catch up on what everyone is doing. Unlike today, the players were poorly paid so most retired without vast wealth and ended up working as executives, business owners, or pitchmen. Things ended up well for many but there also seemed to be a lot of regrets and even tragedy.
As promised, I am cutting this short! I refuse to proofread it so you'll have to live with any mistakes. The Boys of Summer is viewed as one of the all-time classic baseball books. I would suggest that there are now many newer books that have surpassed it but it's an entertaining read and can be found cheaply at second hand shops. Good Day!
Yes, it's the return of your favourite offseason thread!
(Yeah, I know it's WTFJITH. Humour me.)
I'm grateful that today I finally get surgery nailed down. I'm grateful for ball who use the Amazon link, which let me get new gloves for my sore hands, an alternate pillowcase for my body pillow, and a book to store my Mom's coin collection in. I'm grateful for the surprise income that came in from a blog post I did in 2010. I'm grateful my friend is treating me to Body Blitz tomorrow. I'm grateful for the Toronto Public Library who has kept me well stocked in books, graphic novels, cds, videos, and audiobooks. (I've read 169 books this year.) And I'm grateful for all of you.
What are you grateful for?
This is mainly so we have a fresh thread. However, if you have something that's bringing you down, feel free to share.
For me, it was the hospital messing up communication between my surgeon's office and the check in point. I arrived at the right time on Wednesday, told my appointment was later so I left and came back when they told me, only to sit waiting for 30 minutes. When I followed up, the surgeon had just left for the day and I'm not able to see him until this Wednesday. Since this meeting was to set my surgery date, I was pissed. The silver lining in this was that everyone was so upset by this that they will be bending over backwards for me now.
I'm also pissed that the Yankees are right back in it. Cleveland didn't step on their throats.
1985 Blue Jays Fire Safety Set
The old thread is getting jammed up with comments and is threatening to destroy lesser computers and phones. Desperate times call for desperate measures so here is a new random thread. It's still early in the off-season but hopefully most have had a chance to decompress and are feeling, if not better, then less angry about this year's elimination. I was able to transfer my anger from the Jays to the Canucks, who managed to blow a 3-0 lead to lose their season opening contest.
There are lots of interesting storylines to consider for this off-season:
The 2022 Blue Jays season came to an abrupt end yesterday after an epic collapse in an elimination game where the Blue Jays were up 8-1 heading into the 6th inning. Alek Manoah was pulled with 10 outs to get and the Mariners torched a normally reliable bullpen for 9 runs over the next 3 innings and eliminated their expansion cousins. The Blue Jays had a solid regular season, winning 92 games, good for 2nd in the AL East, 7 games back of the NY Yankees, who had a monster 1st half, but came back down to earth in the 2nd half. The Blue Jays won 27 series, earned series splits in 6 series and lost 9 series. They swept 7 series and were swept 4 times. Charle Montoyo was fired after a disastrous road trip that saw them win just one and being swept in 4 games by the Mariners, who won 7 straight, including the WC series over the Blue Jays. Here is the final random thoughts post of the season looking back on the season that was and ahead to the off-season.
|Teoscar Hernandez drove in 4 runs and scored 3 in a 10-9 bome-from-behind loss to the Mariners|
After a nightmare opening to the 2022 WV series against their expansion cousins Seattle Mariners where the offense produced almost no opportunties and the Mariners built a commanding three-run lead off ace Alek Manoah, the Blue Jays were looking to save their season against former Blue Jays ace Robbie Ray, who was primarily allowed to walk in free agency last winter because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19. Ray won the Cy Young in 2021 with the Blue Jays and had a record of 14-8 with a 3.03ERA in 37 games (36 starts) in a Blue Jays uniform over a season and a half (the 2020 campaign was an abbreviated 60 game, 2 month sprint due to COVID). Against the Blue Jays, Ray is 1-1 with a 3.50ERA in three career starts. Kevin Gauman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Santiago Espinal was back in the lineup at 2B after missing the last 2 and a half weeks with an oblique strain. Whit Merrifield was in LF with the Blue Jays opting for an all right-hand batting lineup against lefty Ray. Alejandro Kirk was the DH. Could the Blue Jays even the series and extend their season? Here is today's game recap.
|George Springer had a pair of hits and was hit by a pitch in a 4-0 loss to the Mariners.|
After an off-day yesterday, the Blue Jays opened the wild card series against the Mariners, who won the season series 5-2 outscoring the Blue Jays 28-21. However, the Blue Jays won the series in Toronto and the disastrous sweep in Seattle came in very extenuating circumstances with the team still grieving and in shock over the sudden death in a tubing accident of Julia Budzinsky, daughter of Blue Jays 1st base coach Mark Budzinaky. Also, it was at the end of the Charlie Montoyo managerial era. Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after the final day of the regular season off Wednesday. Teo was back in the field after DH'ing in the season finale Wednesday and as was Raimel Tapia, who started that game on the bench but later pinch hit. Danny Jansen served as DH today. Could the Blue Jays open the 2022 playoffs with a win? Here is today's game recap.
|Gabriel Moreno hit his first big league HR as the Blue Jays split today's double header to end regular season play, dropping the 1st game 5-4 and winning the 2nd game 5-1. Moreno also got his first career game in LF after starting game 1 behind the plate, his natural position.|
|Jose Berrios pitched 6 solid innings in a 5-1 win over the Orioles|
After beatiing the Red Sox for the 9th straight time and sweeping them for the 3rd straight time (6 series sweeps on the season), the Blue Jays hit the road for their final series of the regular season in Baltimore. The season series against the Orioles is even at 8 wins apiece. The Blue Jays have outscored the Orioles 86-76. Jose Berrios got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. Vlad got the half day off as DH with Cavan Biggio at 1B. Could the Blue Jays extend the win streak to four straight games? Here is tonight's game recap.
|Teoscar Hernandez drove in 3 runs and scored twice in a 6-3 win over the Red Sox|
After a 10-0 drubbing of the Red Sox on the backs of monster days from Danny Jansen, Teo and Raimel Tapia (the trio combined to go 9-13, driving in 8 runs and scoring 7. Jansen and Teo were a triple shy of the cycle), the Blue Jays wrapped up the home portion of the regular season schedule. They were looking for their 3rd straight win, 9th straight win over the Red Sox and 3rd straight series sweep of the Red Sox and 6th series sweep of the season. Kevin Gausman got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. George Springer got the half day off as DH with Jackie Bradley Jr. in CF. Could the Blue Jays extend the win streak over the Red Sox to 9 games (overall win streak to 3 games), get their 3rd straight series sweep over the Red Sox (6th series sweep on the season) and end the home portion of the schedule with a win? Here is today's game recap.
|Danny Jansen was 3-4 with 5 RBI and a run scored in a 10-0 win over the Red Sox.|
After a resounding 9-0 shutout win over the Red Sox a day after the Blue Jays clinched a playoff berth with the Red Sox beating the Orioles Thursday, the Blue Jays were going for 2 straight wins and their 26th series win of the season and eight straight over the Red Sox. Ross Stripling got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Alejandro Kirk was DH. Could the Blue Jays make it 2 straight wins overall, 8 straight over the Red Sox and 26 series win? Here is today's game recap.
|Yusei Kikuchi notched his first career save in a 9-0 shutout win over the Red Sox|
After an off-day yesterday, the Blue Jays opened the final home stand of the regular season against the Red Sox tonight. The Blue Jays have won 13 of the 16 games in the season series against the Red Sox, outscoring Boston 100-52. They have swept the last 2 series against the Red Sox for 6 straight wins over their AL East rivals. Alek Manoah got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after DH'ing Wednesday. Danny Jansen served as DH tonight. Could the Blue Jays start the final regular season homestand with a win? Here is tonight's game recap.
|Danny Jansen hit a solo HR in an 8-3 loss to the Yankees. Aaron Judge tied the AL single season and Yankees franchise single season record for HR with his 61st HR of the season.|
After dropping yesterday's game to let the Yankees clinch the AL East title on enemy territory, the Blue Jays were looking to potentially clinch a playoff spot with a win and an Orioles loss. The Blue Jays were also looking for their 25th series win of the season. Mitch White got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Vlad was back in the field after DH'ing yesterday. George Springer got the half day off as DH tonight with Jackie Bradley Jr. in CF. Could the Blue Jays clinch a playoff spot and notch their 25th series win? Here is tonight's game recap.