Game Threat: Jays (56-44) vs. Padres (43-57)

Andrew Stoeten
July 26 2016 05:04PM

Melvin Upton
Photo credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Melvin Upton Jr. era begins!

Um... with the newest member of the Blue Jays on the bench.

Which, given that the club isn't facing a left-handed pitcher, probably makes sense. John Gibbons has said that Melvin -- formerly known as "Bossman Junior" -- will mostly supplant Justin Smoak against left-handers, while also giving Michael Saunders and Jose Bautista some days off or at DH, and playing in the outfield in late game situations. He'll play against his former team tomorrow, apparently, with Jose Bautista sliding to DH.

So... cool?

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Fowles: The Bautista-shaped void

Stacey May Fowles
July 26 2016 02:36PM

Jose Bautista
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In a year that could very well be Bautista’s last as a Toronto Blue Jay, it’s interesting that a rather random injury gave us a brief sampling of what life might be like without him.

Bautista’s “Turf Toe”—a bizarre ailment we all frantically Googled around the twentieth of June—provided a hearty taste of the ominously pending and mostly unthinkable Bautista-void that could be upon us. What was hoped to be fifteen days on the disabled list ran well over a month, a large enough sample size to suggest that things were, and if necessary, will be, completely fine.

One can only conclude that if Bautista goes elsewhere in 2017, it will certainly suck, but we won’t be destroyed, and we’ll still be contenders.

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Report: Jays the "front-runners" for Melvin Upton (UPDATE: They went all out, Upton here)

Andrew Stoeten
July 25 2016 10:00PM

Melvin Upton
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UPDATE: Oh, hello. The Jays have actually done it! They've traded for Melvin Upton -- formerly known as B.J. Upton -- who happens to be in town with the San Diego Padres, and will be able to immediately step into the lineup.

How might he actually fit into this Jays lineup? Well! It turns out that I wrote all about that last night, when the rumours first started getting truly serious -- which you can read below.

In the meantime, here's what we know about the deal so far: Shi Davidi tells us that the Padres will be paying "a substantial sum" of what remains on Upton's contract ($16.45-million for next year, plus about $5.15-million for the rest of this season), while the Jays will be giving up a Class-A prospect, according to Ken Rosenthal.

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Game Threat: Jays (55-44) vs. Padres (43-56)

Andrew Stoeten
July 25 2016 05:07PM

Jose Bautista and Josh Donaldson
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The Padres are bad. Oh man, the Padres are bad.

Look at that lineup! Look at it next to the gorgeous Blue Jays one!

Look at the 5.01 ERA on their starter tonight, Colin Rae. A pitcher who, I'm confident, pitches his home games in San Diego!

This could end in tears. At least until Padres fans remember the goddamned paradise they live in. But baseball-wise, this series looks like a chance for the Jays to really get on a roll with Baltimore heading to town on the weekend.

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Birds All Day LIVE - This Thursday In Toronto!

Andrew Stoeten
July 25 2016 03:45PM


Greetings and good day! For those of you who have missed the announcements Drew and I have made on the podcast the last couple of episodes, I'd like to remind you that we'll be taping this week's episode of Birds All Day LIVE on Thursday, July 28th, at The Ossington in Toronto. So come out and join us if you can!

Some details: the bar is at 61 Ossington Ave., a little bit north of Queen on the east side of the street. We're reserving some spots in the back room of the bar (where the show will take place) for contributors to our Patreon campaign, as a token of our appreciation for them, but as things stand right now there will still be lots of room.

The taping will start at 8:30 PM -- and we'll be joined by Your Boy The Zubes! -- but feel free to come to the bar early -- if not only because I'll be hanging around, but because there will be a bunch of $4 drink specials at the bar (which opens at 6) until 8 PM.

There will be no charge to get into the back room for the show (we'll likely put out a PWYC jar or something), and afterwards a couple of friends and I will be having our regular all-vinyl soul music night, so plan to stick around for some real bangers afterwards if that's your jam.

Hit up this Facebook event page I just whipped up if you want to easily access these sorts of details, and to get a reminder on the day of the show.

  • Directions from Ossington subway station: take the 63 Ossington bus south (towards Liberty Village) to Argyle Street. The bar is about a half block south of the stop, on the east side of the street. (Alternately: it is about a 20 minute walk south of the station, straight down Ossington Ave.)
  • Directions from Exhibition GO station: walk north from the station into Liberty Village, to the bus stop on Atlantic Ave. at Liberty St. Take the 63 Ossington bus north (either the 63A or 63B will be fine) to Queen St. W at Ossington Ave. The bar is about a half block north of the stop on the east side of the street.

Hope to see you there! Shoot us a message and we'll make sure you've got a spot!

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