Montreal Threat: The Jays Play Their Final Exhibition Game Before Opening Day

Cam Lewis
April 02 2016 10:11AM

Here we are. Just one final exhibition game before the Blue Jays travel south to Florida for Opening Day. 52,682 people were packed into Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to get their annual two-day fix of baseball, showing the league’s front office how badly they would love another swing with the Expos back in town. 

The crowd was insane. They honoured former Expos Tim Raines, Vlad Guerrero, and Pedro Martinez, and also David Ortiz and Russell Martin before the game, and went nuts when Kevin Pillar belted a leadoff home run in the first inning. If there was ever a good way to get the players fired up to start the season, this is the way to do it. 

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Spring Threat: Hutchison gets the ball against the Rays

Cam Lewis
March 27 2016 09:32AM

I think the countdown is officially on. Well, it’s been on for me since, like, the beginning of November (yeah, I took a couple of week to decompress before I started scrolling through my calendar and counting days), but we can start our official Opening Day countdown today as the Blue Jays are facing the Rays exactly one week before they open the 2016 season in Tampa Bay. 

Last year’s Opening Day starter, Drew Hutchison, will take the mound in what’s being politely referred to as an audition for the fifth starter role, but as we all know, Hutch is realistically headed to Triple-A Buffalo while Aaron Sanchez and Gavin Floyd compete for the rotation spot. 

Oh yeah, and Happy Easter! Unfortunately, this game isn’t televised, but you can still enjoy the soothing sounds of spring ball on the radio while you hunt for plastic eggs in the comfort of your home. 

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Spring Threat: J.A. Happ and the Blue Jays play the Yankees in Dunedin

Cam Lewis
March 26 2016 10:12AM

It’s Easter weekend, so you know that baseball is right around the corner now. The Blue Jays, led by J.A. Happ will take on the Yankees and Bryan Mitchell today in Dunedin for the final televised Grapefruit game of the spring. After this, the next two televised games will be Friday and Saturday against Boston in Montreal, and then the season gets rolling. 

So, yeah, baseball (real baseball) starts soon! And if a nine inning tie against the Phillies yesterday afternoon didn’t get you excited about that, I don’t know what will. 

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Spring Threat: Marco Estrada makes his Grapefruit debut against the Pirates

Cam Lewis
March 20 2016 09:22AM

The last time we watched Marco Estrada pitch was Wednesday, October 21, 2015. With the Jays on the brink of elimination down 3-1 in the American League Championship Series to the Royals, Estrada tossed a gem of a game, going seven-and-two-thirds allowing just one run on three hits and one walk. Given the circumstances, it was probably the most impressive and memorable game of his Blue Jays career, and to be honest, I thought it was going to be his last. 

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Weekend Reading: Stuff to do because the Jays Game was Cancelled

Cam Lewis
March 19 2016 12:16PM

Man, I hate it when this happens. You sit around at work all week, grinding through stuff, and you see the light at the end of the tunnel. And that light, which was watching Gavin Floyd throw four or five innings against the Philadelphia Phillies, was eaten alive in a mid-spring Florida rainstorm. Sarcasm aside, I was actually excited for this game. Floyd has looked good in Grapefruit ball so far, and I'm interested to see if he can keep it up. Personally, I would rather see Aaron Sanchez in the rotation, but Floyd has made the decision more difficult than I figured he would. 

Anyways, since there isn't any baseball on TV, and we were all totally geared up for it, I'm going to compile a list of things to read so you can still get your Blue Jays fix on this lovely Saturday afternoon. 

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