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Blue Jays: Fight at home opener

You may not think so after the 7-3 loss to the Yankees, but not much tops a Blue Jays home opener. The atmosphere is always electric and it’s the one game of the year when you can guarantee a near-capacity crowd.

Of course, the problem with having so many drunken people in one space (similar to hamsters in a cage), is that the odds of there being a fight or two increase. And we weren’t disappointed last night:

Actually, I take that back. I am disappointed. Call that a fight guys? At least they put some effort into it up in the 500 level!

Credit: Andrew Volpe

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Blue Jays: Alex Anthopoulos criticism grows

Yes, I know a lot of Blue Jays fan are pissed off over the lack of moves made by Alex Anthopoulos during the off season. And I realise things didn’t exactly improve after yesterday’s season-opening 9-2 loss against the Rays.

Add the news of Casey Janssen and Jose Reyes both going to the DL and criticism surrounding the Jays GM is only getting worse. However, try and tell me you don’t at least feel slightly sorry for Anthopoulos after watching this:

You know what? Don’t answer that!

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Blue Jays: Controversial call in 2-1 loss to Giants

Ho hum.  Another game and another loss for the Blue Jays, as they fell 2-1 in San Francisco against the Giants. (Uh oh, have I really reached the ‘ho hum’ stage of this season already?! It’s only the start of June.)

While it was good news to see Josh Johnson pitch well in his return to the Jays rotation (6 hits and 2 runs in 7 innings), he was also involved in a controversial call during the sixth inning:

Heck, even the Giants commentators had no idea why Johnson was called out, and we all know how biased home broadcast teams can be.  Let’s dissect this sucker ‘Zapruder film style’, starting with a close up GIF of the play:

It’s still inclusive from that angle, meaning you could theoretically give the umpire the benefit of the doubt.

Admittedly, this next shot seems to show Scutaro getting there just before Johnson:

Johnson v Scutaro controversial call angle 1

However, the following still gives a different perception.  While you can’t actually see where Johnson’s hand is, it raises the question of if Scutaro even touched second base:

Apart from this, you have to ask if Scutaro ever actually had control of the baseball?

Now, I appreciate this is only one call in a game which featured some sloppy play from the Blue Jays defence.  But, it still seems worthy of questioning, especially when you lose by just one run.

Overall, this is just another indication of everything going wrong for the Jays this season and seemingly not even being able to catch even one flipping break.  (When do the Argonauts start playing again?)

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Blue Jays: Brett Lawrie gets mad at Adam Lind

Is it just me or does something not seem quite right about today?  What?! No, not that the Blue Jays were actually able to win a game!  I mean the fact we haven’t had our daily Brett Lawrie meltdown.

Oh, hold on, I was wrong.  Here it is:

The incident happened after Lawrie flied out to right, when Lind was on third base.  The Canadian was angry with his teammate for not running home to score.

While you can debate whether or not Lind made a mistake at that point of the game, it still doesn’t excuse Lawrie’s reaction.  At the end of the day, everyone is in this together.  For example, I bet Lind never gave Lawrie any grief after he was ejected from Friday night’s game.

I love the way John Gibbons, a guy who doesn’t take crap from anyone, dealt with the situation.  However, it was also good to see Jose Bautista once again showing why he is the leader of the team, stepping in almost immediately to calm Lawrie down.

I’ll admit I’m really becoming concerned by Lawrie’s attitude now.  If the Blue Jays are going to have any chance of rescuing this season, this has to include their third baseman displaying better judgement.  Certainly, it wouldn’t surprise me if his leash just got even shorter. (If that’s possible.)

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Blue Jays: Brandon Morrow loses it in the dugout

Professional athletes are often accused of being money-grabbing mercenaries, who don’t give a damn.  And at times, they don’t help themselves.

However, more often that not, this is not a fair assessment. What? You want some proof?  Okay, fine.  Look no further than Brandon Morrow’s reaction after giving up back-to-back home runs for the Blue Jays against the Orioles last night:

The best bit about it, is the way everyone else in the dugout goes out of their way not to react, as if someone having an epileptic fit is a normal thing:  “Move along everyone, nothing to see here.”

Fortunately, it didn’t matter too much in the end, as the Blue Jays went on to beat the Orioles 12-6.  However, it was good to see Morrow showing some passion.

In fact, in a lot of ways it reminded me of how Ricky Romero used to react whenever something bad would happen to him…………………….Hold on, that was actually meant to be a positive!

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Blue Jays: Ricky Romero reaches a new low

Wow!  Just when I thought it wasn’t possible to feel any worse for Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero, he reached a new low during last night’s 10-4 loss to the Rays.  The poor guy couldn’t even make it out of the first inning, giving up three runs and four hits while only retiring one batter.

Speaking of which, if things don’t start improving soon for the former sixth overall draft pick, he may have to consider retiring himself. Literally.  Mind you, it doesn’t help when you’re apparently drinking on the job:

Ricky Romero

If it’s any consolation Ricky, we’ve all been there.  Just not in front of 11,000 people.  (Actually, he should be grateful his meltdown didn’t happen in front of a fanbase that actually gives a damn about their team.)

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Blue Jays: Dream season turning into a nightmare

Okay, this isn’t funny anymore.  How do you lose 8-1 to a Mariners team not exactly renowned for their explosive hitting power?  I think this just about sums up how Blue Jays fans feel right now:

Blue Jays dream season going wrong

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Blue Jays lose again: Jose Bautista responds to fan criticism

Jose Bautista celebrating a home run

Oh dear.  Things seem to be going from bad to worse for the Blue Jays at the moment.  Ricky Romero’s return was meant to lift spirits and while it did, ironically it was the opposition who benefited from his return.

In all honestly, we shouldn’t have been too surprised by the Mariners 4-0 victory last night.  When Felix Hernandez is on his game, he’s virtually impossible to beat.

As you’d expect with a 10-20 record for the vastly underachieving Blue Jays, the fans are very emotional right now.  And what better place to vent your frustration than on Twitter:

While you can debate whether or not Jose Bautista should have risen to the bait, I would have likely responded with something similar to what he wrote in both cases.

As you can imagine, this exchange brought a varied response from other people, both in support of and against Bautista and the Blue Jays:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I agree that you don’t just give up on a team because they’re going through a bad patch, we’re fast approaching the point where Sportnet’s analysts saying it’s still early in the season just won’t cut it anymore.

When you’re 10.5 games back in the AL East, 7.5 games back of a wild card spot and have the third-worst record in the league just one month into the season, results have to improve soon.  If they don’t, we can expect to see anger towards the team continue to grow, which would be a shame after the hope and excitement heading into this season.

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Blue Jays: Gregg Zaun gets slated on Twitter

Gregg Zaun with a couple of Blue Jays fans

A couple of weeks ago we wrote about the behaviour of Blue Jays fans this season.  Certainly, the mainstream media has also been all over this lately, causing embarrassment for the organisation.

Now former Blue Jays catcher Gregg Zaun has entered the discussion, after contributing to a Toronto Star article about the unruly behaviour of fans.  Unfortuately, the Sportsnet Analyst felt the backlash on Twitter.

Here’s a selection of some of the comments, together with Zaun’s responses:

 

 

 

 

 

Now I’ll readily admit Zaun’s one of my favourite sports media personalities, but I still feel objective enough to say I found the reaction to his comments uncalled for.  Unfortunately, with social media tools like Twitter around, we now have an avenue for people, some of whom should not be allowed out in public, to spew their hatred and irrational thoughts.

Having said that, I’m confident Zaun is smart enough (and big enough) to take care of himself.  In fact, I’ll leave the final word to him:

 

Amen to that. (Damn! Now this means I had the final word! Sorry Mr. Zaun.)

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Are Blue Jays fans the worst behaved in sports?

It’s often said that sport reflects society.  If this is the case, then Toronto isn’t doing itself any favours at the moment.  We’re only a week into the MLB season and Blue Jays fans are dominating social media for all the wrong reasons.

Here’s just a few examples of what you can currently find on the internet, although I feel it’s my duty to warn you the content may be deemed inappropriate to some people! (More to the point, my grandmother may be reading this.)

Some of that is pretty shocking isn’t it? And it’s crazy to think that this is all happening at a game of baseball!

So what’s going on and why is this type of behaviour apparently more prevalent at Blue Jays games compared to other sporting events in Toronto?  I have a few theories if you’re willing to indulge me:

1) Baseball is the least aggressive and slowest moving team sport you can watch in Toronto at a professional level. Translation: It can get boring sometimes.  And the Blue Jays poor start to the season doesn’t help.

Now combine this with today’s ADD generation and you’re pretty much asking for trouble. The kids’ are basically resorting to getting drunk and entertaining themselves.

2) The Blue Jays are so far averaging attendances of over 37,500 at the Rogers Centre.  The Argonauts could only dream of having that many fans turn up for every game, while the ACC, BMO Field and Ricoh Coliseum have smaller capacities.

In other words, the more people you have crammed into one place, the higher the likelihood of having morons in the crowd.  Now if you have a group of them sat together or at least in the vicinty of each other, then you’ve really got a situation on your hands.

3) Hopefully you’ll appreciate the irony of this last theory, but another reason this type of behaviour is more likely to happen at a Blue Jays game is money. In essence, sport is again reflecting society.

Everyone may (quite rightly) complain about how ridiculously expensive it is to go to a Leafs game in comparison, but at least you’re less likely to see troublesome incidents.  While you can’t entirely stereotype people into categories, the chances are that the more money you have, the odds of loutish behaviour decrease.

Fingers crossed the Blue Jays start performing better soon to pacify the fanbase.  Mind you, if they don’t improve, at least the bandwagon jumpers will soon bail out, thus leading to less incidents.  I hope.

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