April 04 2016 05:07PM
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Baseball is back, and that's so great. But also, man… this is not the way that the Tampa Bay Rays wanted to start their season, I’ll bet.
April 03 2016 07:52PM
Napoleon complex? Marcus Stroman would probably take that as a compliment.
Small man, big swagger, scary arsenal and all that. Yes, Stroman can piss people off. That’s probably how the Tampa Bay announcers were feeling in the fifth inning when, according to a Twitter report, they accused the Blue Jays’ pitcher of conjuring Napoleon.
April 03 2016 11:06AM
Well, here we go. Opening Day is here.
Are you ready? Are you ready for perhaps the most highly anticipated Blue jays season in years? Are you ready to get as amped up for games as Marcus Stroman does whenever somebody records an out or hits a home run? Are you ready to consistently refresh the MLB app on your phone to try and follow the score of the game? Are you ready for Blue Jays baseball?!
Hell yeah you are. Let's get rolling.
April 03 2016 08:00AM
Opening Day is here! Obviously that's exciting, but this year, it feels different than it normally does. Usually, Blue Jays fans are accustomed to a long winter, not only because we live in Canada, but because we started looking forward to next year in July. But last season, rather than sliding out of contention during the dog days of summer, the Jays went all the way and snapped their 21-year playoff drought, bringing playoff baseball back to Canada for the first time since 1993.
Last year's group was nothing short of incredible. They mashed the ball all over the place, hitting home runs like it was Slo-Pitch. They dug themselves deep into holes with terrible pitching, and then climbed out of it just for fun with last-second rallies. They played defence as if they were given bonus points for style, diving around the field with reckless abandon. Josh Donaldson clubbed walk off home runs, Edwin Encarnacion had a hat trick, Marco Estrada almost threw a perfect game, Kevin Pillar became superman, Jose Bautista would eye down opposing pitchers like a goddamn lunatic and try to throw guys out at first base from right field, Liam Hendriks could suddenly throw in the high 90s, Ben Revere tried to do a gatorade shower but dropped the container, Chris Colabello found ways to sneak the ball past the other team’s fielders, Roberto Osuna climbed through the entire organization in a few weeks to become a lights out closer at 20 years of age, and that’s just scratching the surface.
They were so damn frustrating at times, but they always made up for it by being unforgettable. And then when they pulled it together, they reminded us why we couldn’t stop watching. So before we jump into another season, let's take a few minutes to remember the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays.
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.