Tagged: Escobar

En Fuego!

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. 
Grow up! 
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. 

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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. 

The Yuni-Bomber Struck Baltimore!

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!

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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!

Welcome To The Club!…And Welcome Back To The Club!

Finally. It took long enough but I’d put money on Aaron Hill for the second half. Hill went 3 for 4 tonight with a homer in the 2nd and scoring 2 of Toronto’s 4 runs. Him returning to any semblance of his former self would be a big part in Toronto getting good for the second half. If he and Lind could get hot, we could have a pretty good ballclub on our hands. Oh, and I have to say, I got a picture before the game of City talking hitting to Hill (Cito is swinging his little air bat). I’m taking all the credit for photographing the beginning of Hill’s comeback. 

I’m officially a fan of the new “new-guy”. In the first inning after Fred Lewis’s double, Yunel Escobar bunted (completely on his own) to advance Lewis to third (who later scored on Wells sac fly) as well as making it safely to first. He worked an 8-pitch walk in the second and made a few great defensive plays including a sick catch in the 9th to help finish out the 9th. Anyway, I like him. So far. Yeah, new guy!
Shoutout to Romero, too! Here’s his line…
7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO
Baltimore’s only two runs came on errors by Fred Lewis and Edwin Encarnacion who, apparently, decided to just watch balls roll by them. Come on! Anyone else feel like there have been way too many dropped balls and missed catches lately? Toronto has the seventh least number of errors committed over the season but in the last thirty days, theyre up to number 16. I’m hoping that really doesn’t mean anything…
Last but not least, congrats to Dirk Hayhurst (@TheGarfoose) on a great interview on today’s episode of the Baseball Today podcast. Great story, Dirk, I’m honored to follow you and good luck on your recovery! Everyone should listen to this!
Thats all for tonight, folks. I’ll be at the game again tomorrow night as well as going on the field during BP thanks to a very good friend of my uncle’s, Jerry Howarth. Psyched! I’ll be tweeting the whole game and probably have another post after it or by Sunday morning. Follow me here: @ADKSherpa5344
Thanks guys! 
Go Jays. 

Uhhhh Hey!

So…yea. I’ve been pretty actively “tweeting” about the Jays lately and my following has grown so I figured I should get a blog going again. I’ve had a few in the past but nothing I really cared enough to keep up on but I got a nice new computer and am planning on keeping this one going…and hopefully finding a few people that like what I have to say…like two or three. 

Anyway, if you don’t know me, I’m a huge Toronto fan living in Upstate New York, USA. My uncle was John Cerutti, former pitcher and broadcaster for the Jays. I hate the Yankees (as I’m sure you will see). But thats enough of me. 
Now to the important stuff. The All-Star break is just about over. The second half will begin tonight in Baltimore. Eventful break for the Jays? I guess you could say that. I’m a fan of the Escobar trade and I’m excited to see him play tonight. I like what The Honorable Jordan Bastian says about the topic on BlueJays.com. I’ll also say AA just keeps making me more and more of a fan. I really havent seen a bad thing hes done since taking over for JP.
Uhm, so I know this post was probably pretty lame but believe me it’ll get better when theres some news or when I get pissed. I’ll be at the game tonight and tomorrow in Baltimore, tweeting the whole time (@ADKSherpa5344). Having connections in Toronto is great. A great friend of my uncle, Jerry Howarth with the Fan 590, is hooking us up with tickets for tomorrow night as well as tickets to go on the field during BP tomorrow. Psyched! I’m sure I’ll have more to talk about after tonight. Go Jays. 
OH BONUS! Everyone be sure to check out today’s ESPN Baseball Today podcast featuring Blue Jays pitcher Dirk Hayhurst! (@TheGarfoose)