Acid Flashback Friday: Blue Jays Javex Commercial

Ever had laundry that was Jim Clancy tough to clean? Just grab a bottle of Javex from the Blue Jays clubhouse and start scrubbing!

For this week’s Acid Flashback Friday, we take a look back at this Javex commercial from 1988 featuring members of the Toronto Blue Jays. 


This video prominently features Blue Jays Equipment Manager Jeff Ross, and amazingly enough Jeff is still with the club. In fact, he is one of the few remaining original employees of the Blue Jays, along with Paul Beeston.

Jim Clancy even makes a cameo in the video, and around the 5 second mark, there’s a mysterious moustachioed man in the background that appears to be Dave Steib. Then again, it could just be an extra with a moustache.

At the four second mark, there’s a player diving for a ball with the number 2 on his jersey. A little bit of detective work helped me discover that #2 on the Blue Jays that year was Nelson Liriano. Again, it could just be an extra, but we’ll never know.

My favourite thing about the video is that it appears Jeff Ross has trouble keeping it together, almost laughing through his lines. It was reminiscent of Jimmy Fallon’s years on Saturday Night Live. And once again at the end, Ross cracks up again when he gets a towel thrown at him.

Then again, if you can’t have a sense of humour about baseball players throwing dirty towels and jock straps at you, then I guess you really can’t have a sense of humour about anything.

Video courtesy of the ever-awesome Retrontario Channel
Hat tip to Toronto Mike.

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.

2 thoughts on “Acid Flashback Friday: Blue Jays Javex Commercial

  • August 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Extra handy for your mysterious white shirts!

  • August 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    boshalladay, good idea! I guess that's how the "Man in White" has managed to keep his shirt so sparkling white all these years.

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