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Blue Jays Brett Lawrie: One lucky guy

Despite all of the pressures and media attention that come with being a sports star, I think we can all still agree it’s a pretty swell life.  In that respect, we now present reason number 9,865 why you should never, ever, feel sorry for high-profile professional athletes:

Talk about being conflicted between alerting the police and leaving your front door wide open.

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Blue Jays: Jose Bautista’s girlfriend Neisha Croyle

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I dunno about you, but this whole man-crush business does my head in.  What’s the big deal with Tom Brady and David Beckham, you bunch of wannabe nancy boys.

Stick to liking athletes because of how they play, not how they look.  Take Jose Bautista, who’s a real geezer.  He doesn’t have time for any of that man-crush crap.

He’s too busy with his girlfriend, Neisha Croyle.  Because Bautista’s a top bloke, I won’t say anything rude about his bird, but she could at least show a bit of leg in these photos:

Jose Bautista and girlfriend Neisha Croyle
Jose Bautista and girlfriend Neisha Croyle
Jose Bautista and girlfriend Neisha Croyle
Jose Bautista and girlfriend Neisha Croyle

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Blue Jays: Jose Bautista enjoys dinner after 3-2 win against Red Sox

As the Blue Jays struggle to even get back to .500, yesterday’s 3-2 victory against the Red Sox was a welcome relief after losing three straight.  Jose Bautista celebrated the win by going out for dinner in Boston and taking the time to pose for a photo with a local couple:

Jose Bautista and a couple of fans

You can tell you’re in Boston because there’s no airs and graces, hence why the other guy didn’t even bother to stand up for the picture.  Either that or he has that arrogant sense of self importance you normal associate with Boston sports fans.

I guess we’ll find out how justified it is today, after the Blue Jays complete their series against the Red Sox and the Leafs play the Bruins in game 6.

Photo credit: @TrishKennedyCEO

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Blue Jays: Brett Lawrie and Paige Brendel laying it all out

Ho hum. Another game and another loss for everyone’s favourite professional Canadian baseball team. The Blue Jays 5-3 loss to the Yankees also means they stay firmly rooted to the bottom of the AL East. (Or at least as firmly rooted as you can be with 139 games still to play.)

Despite the current erratic performances, one player you can count on to give 100% every game is Brett Lawrie, who had his first home run of the season last night.  And if the following photo is anything to go by, it appears Lawrie isn’t the only one currently laying it all out:

Paige Brendel and friend sunbathing

Now we could all sit here accusing Paige Brendel of rubbing our noses in it, but at least she’s still paying attention to what’s happening with her boyfriend.  As you can see, she knows enough that Lawrie had two hits against the Yankees.

Unless of course she’s ordering a couple of Martinis, in which case she is rubbing our noses in it. Brett! Control your woman!

Photo credit: @PaigeBrendel

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Blue Jays: Brett Lawrie’s girlfriend goes to Las Vegas

Las Vegas

The road back from injury can be long, arduous and, at times, downright boring.  Fortunately for the Blue Jays Brett Lawrie, he has the company of his girlfriend, as he continues his rehab.

Oh, wait a minute. Scrub that.  It appears Paige Brendel is currently ‘larging it up’ in Las Vegas!

As we all know, a lot of crazy stuff goes on in Las Vegas.  However, I still wasn’t expecting to see Lawrie’s girlfriend appearing to hit her friend in the face with an astronaut-shaped balloon:

Paige Brendel and a friend

I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.  It is Las Vegas afterall.  Which might explain why the DJs’ in this particular nightclub were also dressed up as astronauts.

Paige Brendel and an astronaut

Judging by the look on the guy’s face, I bet he’d like to take Miss Brendel to the moon and back…….

Photo credits: @PaigeBrendel

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Blue Jays lose 3-2 to Indians and fall to 0-2: Putting it in perspective

For my money, baseball is the sport that best encapsulates both the best and worst aspects of social media and 24/7 coverage.  On the positive side, playing virtually every day for six months means there is always a frequent turnover of fresh content.

However, this is counteracted by a tendancy to over-analyse every single incident, which can sometimes look ridiculous when put into the context of a 162-game season.  Case in point is the Blue Jays 0-2 start.

You can already sense (or more to the point read, listen and watch) the grumblings within certain sections of both the media and the fanbase.  Yes, no one anticipated a season-opening loss or the cold bats, but it’s not all bad.

Brandon Morrow looked good last night, coming out smoking hot (almost literally) and finishing with eight strikeouts in six solid innings.  And if this is anything to go by, Jose Bautista looks primed to have another explosive year:

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For my money, the way Bautista swings that bat and reacts whenever he hits a home run is one of the most exciting sights in all of sports.  If that doesn’t get you pumped up, nothing will.

Overall, the Blue Jays will be just fine this season.  Don’t forget folks, it’s going to be a long year……………hmmm, that actually sounds bad doesn’t it?  Errr……..how about ‘it’s a marathon not a sprint’!  Yes, that works much better.

Of course, I appreciate that no matter how positive you try to be, this won’t stop some people worrying and that’s fine.  As such, here’s something to help put things in perspective:

Blue Jays fan

If someone could tell me what she actually looks like, I’d appreciate it.

Photo credit: @miizzrussell

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Blue Jays Jose Bautista and Brett Cecil at Tampa Bay Lightning game

Amongst all the hype surrounding the Blue Jays, this is a big year for Jose Bautista and Brett Cecil, who are both looking to have bounce-back campaigns for different reasons.

With his left wrist appearing fully recovered, Bautista will be confident of returning to the top of the home run charts.  Meanwhile, after making the opening day roster, Cecil is just hoping to contribute from the bullpen and rediscover the form that helped him lead the Blue Jays with 15 wins in 2010.

In that respect, maybe going to last night’s Tampa Bay Lightning home game against the Buffalo Sabres was appropriate.  After firing coach Guy Boucher, the Lightning are also looking to find the form that took them to within a win of the Stanley Cup final in 2011.

Jose Bautista and Brett Cecil with fans at Tampa Bay Lightning game

Bautista and Cecil, pictured above with a couple of fans, watched on as the Lightning defeated the Sabres 2-1, hopefully providing a good omen for the duo.

Initially, I was concerned to see Bautista wearing a Miami Heat cap to the game, especially in a rival city.  However, I quickly remembered most people in Florida have jumped onto the Heat bandwagon these days anyway, including Orlando Magic fans.

Photo credit: @AdamGontier2010

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Blue Jays Jose Reyes and the Dominican Republic win the WBC Championship

Congratulations to the Dominican Republic, who beat Puerto Rico 3-0 to clinch the World Baseball Classic Championship.  In the process, they became the first team to go through the tournament undefeated.

Amongst those helping the Domincan Republic win were Blue Jays stars Edwin Encarnacion (who had two RBIs’ in the final) and Jose Reyes, seen here posing with the trophy:

Jose Reyes with the WBC trophy

Actually, talking of trophies, here’s another two I’m sure Reyes and his teammates wouldn’t mind getting their hands on, in the form of two Dominican Republic fans:

Dominican Republic fans at the WBC

With fans like that, it’s no wonder the Dominican Republic went undefeated.

Hopefully Reyes will get his hands on another trophy come the end of October/start of November.

Photo credits: @MarcHochman & @lamelaza_7

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Blue Jays players celebrate Dominican Republic’s WBC win against Puerto Rico

While Canada may not have advanced from the group stage of the WBC, one team that did is the Dominican Republic.  They finished top of their group after beating Puerto Rico and decided to go out afterwards to celebrate.

Amongst those celebrating were several Blue Jays players, including Moises Sierra, whose doing well here to resist the temptation to look downwards:

Blue Jays Moises Sierra with a fan

Maybe Sierra should have copied Jose Reyes, who made the smart decision to wear sunglasses to avoid being caught out in the event he fancied a sneaky look:

Blue Jays Jose Reyes and a fan

Also out was Edwin Encarnacion, who contributed an RBI in the 4-2 win against Puerto Rico:

Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion with a fan

Let’s hope his vision isn’t as blurred as ours, otherwise he’ll be in no fit state to play in tomorrow’s second round game against Italy.

Photo credits: @j12bichara

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Brett Lawrie’s girlfriend watches Canada at the WBC

Professional athletes WAGs’ (wives and girlfriends) are often characterised as attractive women who love the lavish lifestyle but have little interest in sports.  Fair or not, one WAG who can’t be (totally) accused of this stereotype is Brett Lawrie’s girlfriend, Paige Brendel.

Whatever the preception may be of Brendel, she actually appears to have a passion for sports. (As well as regularly watching Blue Jays game, Brendel used to play soccer.)  And to top it all off, despite being American, she’s been attending Canada’s games at the WBC.

Here’s a photo Brendel took from Canada’s opening fixture against Italy:

Canada versus Italy at the WBC

And here she is with her dad at yesterday’s game versus Mexico:

Paige Brendel and Dad at Canada WBC game versus Mexico

Lucky break for the guy behind them.  A couple of seconds earlier or later and he would have been caught in a more compromising position.

It’s a pity Brendel couldn’t have gone down onto the field.  She might have been able to stop the massive brawl between Canada and Mexico…………….Come to think of it, she may have just made matters even worse.

Today could be a big test for Brendel, when Canada faces the United States in a MASSIVE elimination game.  I wonder who she’ll be more loyal to; her country or boyfriend?

Photo credits: @PaigeBrendel

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