Monday Morning Malestrom of Links
First off, our beloved Toronto Blue Jays are in the midst of their Winter Tour across the true north strong and free.
After signing autographs and kissing babies in Toronto over the weekend, today the Blue Jays stop in Kitchener-Waterloo before heading east and hitting Calgary next Wednesday and Vancouver next Friday.
By all accounts, it sounds like the Winter Tour events have gone really well, and it’s great to see the organization helping us get excited about baseball in the dead of winter.
More importantly, the Winter Tour is helping a younger generation find a love for the game of baseball. I can’t recall if they had the Blue Jays Winter Caravan when I was a kid, but I certainly would have been there to see Pat Borders show kids how to lay down a bunt.
Now, on to the news!
Just when you thought the Blue Jays had finished creating their bullpen of misfit arms, MLBTR is reporting the Blue Jays and Rays are the finalists to sign Brian Fuentes.
Mat from Jays Journal for one pined to sign Fuentes a few weeks ago, and I’m all for it so long as they can get Brian Fuentes for somewhere in the neighbourhood of $4 million a season. Fuentes killed lefties last year, and his career splits versus left and right-handers are basically even.
Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times reminds us of the most embarrassing loss in Blue Jays history. Shockingly, it wasn’t the game from 1987 when the Blue Jays lost the division on the final day of the season.
The fellas at More Hardball sent me a link to this interesting Blue Jays centric license plate. Why do I have a feeling that this mom in particular is a fan favourite in her neighbourhood? I bet all the kids love getting a ride from BJ Mom.
I guess when the initials for your team are “BJ”, it makes for some unfortunate yet hilarious interpretations.
And lastly, a couple of my friends just returned from vacationing in Jamaica, and look what they found … a Jamaica Jays hat! Nice to see they are catering to the Blue Jays fans in the Caribbean.