So, about yesterdays game quick…
I dont think there is a whole lot TO say. The Jays roughed up those other birds to get a 10-1 win and a sweep. Toronto is now 9-0 vs the Orioles this season. Thats the first time Toronto has won its first 9 games vs any opponant during any season. That being said, I think thats more of a testament to the Oriole’s skill level than it is to the Jays. Nice stat tho.
The undisputed MVP for yesterdays game was the nw guy, Yunel Escobar, who is fast wearing out that title. He was 3 for 4 yesterday with his first home run and Toronto’s first grand slam, 5 RBI’s and two runs scored. I like this kid! As far as I’ve heard, hes already making a lot of fans in Toronto and justifyably. I officially coined a new nickname for Escobar yesterday. He is…the Yuni-Bomber. Get it? Well, whatever, I like it. Go Yuni-Bomber!
I wanted to wait to post about what I did during Saturday’s game in Baltimore. We were in Baltimore vacationing so my mom and aunt passed that on to a few people in the Toronto camp that knew my uncle…namely Jerry Howarth, who was very good friends with him. I got to do a few things the casual fan couldnt have done. My dad and I got a few press passes to go on the field during BP. Jerry took us down to chat witha few people in the dugout and behind home plate. Cito was down in the dugout chatting with a few people. He was the hitting coach and later the manager when my uncle was pitching so Jerry took us over to meet him. I should add that Cito is a lot bigger than you would expect! I shook his hand and we chatted with him and Buck Martinez (who played and broadcasted with my uncle), Pat Tabler (who broadcasted with my uncle), Jose Bautista (who didnt know my uncle, but I met him and shook his hand!), Ron Sandelli (who knew my uncle as a broadcaster) and a few others.
We went up to the booth with Jerry and Alan Ashby for a few innings later on in the game to watch the masters at work. It was especially cool because thats who I listen to at home because I dont get Rogers. We chatted with them and Tom Young, the producer (who also knew my uncle as a broadcaster), and finally went back down to watch the Jays finish off the O’s.
Anyway, whoever we talked to, the conversations usually came back to my uncle. cito assured me that he and everyone there miss him. Tom Young told us about how he used to stop by the booth during broadcasts and silently say “good job” than run back to his own booth. Golf was also a big topic. A lot of people may not know that my uncle was a very avid and very good golfer. Most of the people I talked to, including Cito, Buck, Ron and Jerry had all golfed with him. Cito laughed about how far he could hit the ball and Ron joked about a story that was very smilar to the one my dad just told him about my uncle golfing with Roger Clemens (which I can get to on another day – remind me).
It was an amazing experience and something that I am extremely lucky to have had, expecially as a Jays fan. Hopefully thats not the last thing I get to do like that. Thanks to everyone to helped me out and who talked to me!