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Fowles: We Really Needed That Biagini Start

“The goal for me was always to start in the major-leagues, and to say that I did that is pretty cool. Can you say that?” –Joe Biagini When a season is plagued by general baseball disillusionment, and your beloved team is stuck at the almost-bottom (oh, hey there Giants and Royals), you need all the…

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Fowles: Holding Onto the Little Things

“There are no hopeless situations. Only people who think hopelessly.” –Jason Grilli, but I’m pretty sure someone else said that first. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of feeling tired. Not that you’re in any way unaware, but the Blue Jays are currently 9-19, with the very worst record in the whole of…

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Fowles: One Is The Loneliest Number

On this day last year, I wrote a piece for this very website titled “It Could Be Worse, It Should Be Better.” It would seem that at the time the Jays had endured five painful losses and were last in the AL East division of pain. The team was suffering from some messy bullpen woes…

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Fowles: Rejoice, My Friends. It’s (Our) Opening Day.

By my count, it has been almost 24 weeks since the Toronto Blue Jays played an “official” game of baseball in a major league stadium. That’s about 166 days since the ninth inning of the final game of the ALCS, roughly 4000 hours since the moment when Troy Tulowitzki popped up, and around 239,000 minutes…

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Fowles: On (Meaningless and Meaningful) Baseball Joy

“Generalizations are tricky, sweeping conclusions trickier. But there is one word that perhaps best describes what we’re missing, and even here I might be applying too broad a stroke. The word is joy.” –Ken Rosenthal   There is a happily acknowledged absurdity to the annual fan ritual of Major League Baseball spring training. Every year,…

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Fall In Love With a Player and You’ll Fall In Love With Baseball

In what seems to be an endless and largely fruitless campaign, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLB powers that be have spent the last handful of weeks reigniting the pace of play conversation for 2017, part of their mission to speed up what is a notoriously slow game.  (Full disclosure: you’ll see a big yawn…

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Fowles: Looking Back Before Looking Forward

Photo Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Because the Jays did away with the face-punch-loving Texas Rangers in the fewest number of days possible, we’ve had an entire luxurious work week not only to take a deep breath and get our lives back in order (as I’ve written before, meaningful baseball really messes with your ability…

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Fowles: Never Say Die

Photo Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports In the replay of Edwin Encarnacion’s eleventh inning, Wild Card game-winning home run, there is a shot of a smiling woman in the stands, exuberantly clutching a homemade sign that reads, “Never Say Die.” It’s a phrase that best characterizes everything we’ve endured during the Jays 2016 season up…

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Fowles: The Last Regular Season Home Game

Photo Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports For a moment, let’s forget the painful, jealous feelings induced by watching the Boston Red Sox win the AL East last night. Let’s forget that the division really should have been ours, if not for an inexplicable early September implosion we’re still not over. In fact, let’s just go…