My View of the 5-2 Win from Section 211

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.

Later in the evening, BK Blades told me there’s a dish in Cleveland named “Johnny Mac and Cheese”. The Tao noted it’s probably mediocre macaroni, while the cheese sauce is likely superb.

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.

And if  you ever see Drew from Ghostrunner on First at the Jays game, be sure to inconspicuously order him a Bud Light Lime as Meredith did. He thinks its a very refreshing beverage.

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”.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

13 thoughts on “My View of the 5-2 Win from Section 211

  • September 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Dude, good times. We must do it more often next season. And now that you mention those shirtless drunkards, I want my own Bud Light Lime umbrella. In closing: JIF.

  • September 27, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    If anyone deserves a BLL umbrella, it's Nav. We should conspire to steal him one next time. No one will question it, "it's for Jose Bautista!"

    Hard G for life. Great meeting you, Ian!! Hope to see everyone again soon.

  • September 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    To begin: "GIF".

    Also, I suddenly have an urge for a tasty Bud Light Lime. And that's just the weirdest thing ever.

  • September 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Oh yeah? Well, I watched the first few innings of the game before a splendid afternoon in Costco and Safeway with the fam. My afternoon ruled too, y'know!

    (not jealous or anything)

    (and I'd totally have been on team Hard "G" Gif.)

  • September 27, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    Dagnabbit, I'm starting a Jays blog just so I can come to your secret little conclaves.

    That said, Picard is clearly superior. Kirk was a nitwit who thought with his crotch and needed Spock to get him out of every jam. Spock was clearly smarter, stronger, better looking, and never wore a girdle – and the same can be said of Picard. HA!

  • September 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Sarah: Bloody brilliant idea. Surely they'd give up an umbrella for 50 home run man Jose Bautista. We must go back to Hoops.


  • September 27, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Kieths is the only brew to be consumed at the game. Canadian brewed, Canadian team. Anything else is clearly not acceptable.

  • September 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Navin, if you pulled the Bautista card, I almost guarantee you walk outta there with a Bud Light Lime umbrella (maybe even more).

    Sarah, likewise! Nav doesn't even have to be there, we can just pretend to be Bautista groupies and say it's for Jose. They won't question us, right?

    Tao, glad to see you're on our side. JIF just doesn't sound right.

    Ack, don't worry man – we said you should've been there. You were there in spirit!

    sadp, next time you're at a game, drop me a line. It's always cool to meet readers.

    Mattt, I had a Keith's myself but admittedly I've had a BLL at the ballpark. Don't tell anyone!

  • September 28, 2010 at 4:47 am

    For SO MANY reasons, the 'jiff' controversy is my favourite meme ever.

  • September 28, 2010 at 6:53 am

    I don't remember how many times I pulled out the "Gotta at least ask the question" that day, too.

    Probably as much times as insisting that it's clearly pronounced animated "jif". Besides, pronouncing it "gif", you're one L away from a creepy surprise.

  • September 28, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Archi, I have no idea where it stemmed from, but it's definitely an argument that won't be settled any time soon.

    BK, you gotta at least ask the question about asking the question, right?

  • September 29, 2010 at 4:11 am

    Ian, I DO know exactly where it started and I'm never telling.

  • September 29, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Archi, one of these days I'll pry that that info from you!

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