Rather than give you a game recap of the 5-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles (since most of you probably saw it anyway), here are some random thoughts that entertained us in the stands and following the game:
A little group of us internet folks congregated in section 211 and I have to say it was one of the most pleasant games I’ve ever experienced in person. Truth be told, I was too focused on being engaged in conversations with folks in our aisle that I forgot there was a game going on down below.
I’m not sure exactly where it stemmed from, but as Navin pointed out earlier, we actually argued about whether it’s pronounced “animated gif” or “animated jif”. The group was split down the middle, and it was later evident by some research that it’s pronounced “animated jif”.
Doesn’t that seem odd to you? The peanut butter JIF is pronounced that way, but it’s spelt with a J. Following that discussion, we argued whether Kirk or Picard was the superior Star Fleet Commander (not really, but the nerddom was at a high where it felt like we were going in that direction).
Another observation: John McDonald had 3 RBI’s? We talked about how his choice to use Ants Marching by Dave Matthews Band as his walkup music is probably the least intimidating choice out there. Giana from I’ll See You in 518 explained there’s some sort of Johnny Mac/Dave Matthews connection, but I couldn’t quite recall what it was.
Archi got a Jason Frasor autographed ball, but not before the lovely member of the JayForce looked him in the eye and tossed it right to him. Could the seed have been planted for another Jayte? I think so!
We were pleasantly surprised to see that EffieJP came through and brought her Bautista Appreciation Society sign to the game, as well as a Snider Appreciation Society Sign “Where Meats Don’t Clash”. Epic!
Following the game, Navin and I talked about the three big holes that need to be addressed by the Blue Jays in the offseason, which are first base, third base and corner outfield (more specifically right field). Basically, it all hinges on whether Lyle Overbay comes back next year.
If he does, then the framework basically stays the same. But if Overbay walks, then either Lind needs to move to first or the Jays need to sign someone like Carlos Pena to fill the gap. Either way, it’s going to be an even crazier offseason this year than it was in 2009.
In case you were wondering, eyebleaf totally looks like Jose Bautista. Not only do the folks at Subway think so, but also a couple of drunken shirtless guys walking down Bremner carrying a Bud Light Lime umbrella they just happened to swipe from the bar we were at.
“Is that Jose Bautista?” the one guy screamed. The table erupted in laughter and while eyebleaf insisted it wasn’t JoBau, the rest of us were trying to sell it. “Yeah, he just came from the game – and he’s still wearing his Jays hat, too!”.
All in all it was a great game with some folks from the internets and it just goes to show you that when our parents let us out of the basement for the afternoon, we can all unite together for our love of the Toronto Blue Jays.
And no matter what anybody says, I’m still calling it “gif”.