Start with a few notes from Monday’s game…
The Escobomber had another bunt single, home run, and ended up getting hit in the hand trying to bunt again later on. What is there to say about this kid? He knows how to make fans.
And than there’s Kevin Gregg. Two nights ago, you have some nastly control issuses and walk the bases loaded on the Orioles in the ninth inning and when Cito pulls you, you get all huffy-puffy.
It’s to prevent you from pulling the same crap you pulled Monday night. You went into the inning with a lead, promptly gave up two runs, and left the game with the Kansas City Royals storming the field celebrating their comeback win.
I told ya so?
Also thought I should note that Monday night, Jays prospect JP Arencibia his his 28th home run to lead all of baseball.
Can you say ON FIRE?
Can you imagine if he was in Toronto with success like that? Where would this team be, right now?
His average with PCL Las Vegas is .321 with a slugging percentage of .673 (!) and an OPS of 1.046. He has 28 homers, 71 RBI’s and 28 doubles in 81 games. Monday night’s MVP is a split between JP and the Yuni Bomber.
And on to last nights game…
This is more like it, espacially against Kansas City. Toronto routed them 13-1 after pounding out 16 hits including a pair of homers.
Jose Bautista launched his (fricking MONSTER) MLB-leading 26th and Lind hit his 13th to extend his streak to 13 games.
And Aaron Hill is above the Mendoza Line! Who called it, biatchhhhh?!
But unfortunately, Escobar wasnt in the lineup because he hurt his hand trying to bunt the other day. Sigh.
So yeah, Scrabble takes the mound tonight against Kansas City. Looking for the series win. I’ll be tweeting. Go Jays.
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!
You know what? Screw Kevin Gregg. I definitely don’t believe you have to both live and die by your closer. The closer had a job and last night, Gregg didn’t do his job.
Of course, I’m talking about the ninth inning during which Gregg got two outs while at the same time walking the bases loaded. In any other game, I would say he should’ve been left in but in a one-run game I think Cito made the right decision in yanking him for Shawn Camp. Like I said, Gregg didn’t do his job. Sure, I dont blame him for being mad. Maybe he did have it but than again, maybe he couldve walked in the tying run. Cito didn’t want to stick around and play that game and I don’t blame him. I think everyone needs to relax about this. Saw this as I was writing…
@MLBastian: Kevin Gregg had no interest in talking more about last night’s controversy: “Yesterday’s over. We won. That’s first and foremost.”
Well thank you! By the way, Bastian, what made this so much of a “controversy”? Nobody was murdered, there wasnt a bad call. A manager, pulled his closer after he walked the bases loaded. I’m just not getting this…
On to other game notes…
Once again, the Jays only runs came on homers. Fred Lewis launched the first pitch of the game over the outfield walls for his 6th home run. His personal best over an entire season is 9 dingers. After the O’s scored a couple a few innings later, Jose Bautista blasted his MLB leading 25th home run. The two run shot gave the Jays their 3-2 lead that they would finish with. You can imagine how excited I was to see my first live #BautistaBomb! Adam Lind also doubled in the top of the fourth to extend his hit streak to 10 games.
Cito was doing some managing yesterday, on and off the field. Some interesting roster moves both before and after the game. Marcum will be starting today, frech off the DL. Both Litsch and Rzep will start in the upcoming days, giving the Jays a temporary 6 man rotation. This was intended to give Morrow some time off and make sure he can pitch into September…which I cant say I’m against. Not having to loose a bunch of arms at the end of the year would be great. However, to be able to do that, the Jays are sitting one man down on the bench…also meaning Travis Snider will be stuck in Double-A for at least 10 days. I like Snider a lot and its nice to hear he was doing so well down in the minors and I’d like to see him up with the big club again. I feel like AA could’ve done something else or put someone else down so he could be back on top…unless he’s planning something before the deadline. Sneaky. Oh and Nick Green was designated for assignment. Okay, whatever.
Yesterday was a sweet day for me, too, but I’ll have that in another post. I’m also planning on doing an intro into why I hate the Yankees so much. Just so we’re clear on that. Should be good. So yea, pass this site on, subscribe to me on Twitter and enjoy! Go Jays.