Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | by Ian Hunter
For the first time in 22 years, the banners atop the rafters at the Rogers Centre will finally get some company.
Thanks to this above photo by Steve Russell from the Toronto Star, there is now a discernible gap in between the existing banners at the Rogers Centre. Oddly enough, the gap is just big enough to fit an "2015 A.L. East Champs" banner.
Update: It has now been officially confirmed by the Blue Jays; they will recognize the team's 2015 AL East pennant as part of the pre-game ceremony ahea of Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday afternoon in Toronto.
To me, this is somewhat of a surprising move as the Blue Jays have typically commemorated any individual awards like Silver Sluggers or Gold Gloves during the following season's Home Opener.
However, the Blue Jays have not had the pleasure of commemorating a playoff berth in an incredibly long time. It's a wise idea to at least honour the accomplishments of the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays while they're fresh in everyone's minds.
Also of note, it looks like the configuration of the banners is now slightly different than before. Prior to this new addition, everything was in chronological order; whether it was a division title,World Series title, or simply a banner to commemorate an All-Star Game.
For the time being, the All-Star Game banner has been moved to the far right of the sequence, just before the Roberto Alomar Hall of Fame commemorative banner.
The brand new banner may not look exactly like this, but I fashioned this Photoshop of the brand new flag which very likely will be flying at the Rogers Centre come Thursday afternoon. Bring on the playoffs!
Image via Steve Russell/Toronto Star
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 | by Ian Hunter
It's early October, the regular season is over and there's a void in Blue Jays Land. Not because the team has packed it in for another year; it's because fans have to wait two more days to see their beloved Blue Jays take the field once again.
With the slew of off-days until the Blue Jays are back in action, now seems like as good a time as any to catch up on any Blue Jays-related reading and viewing. One such example is the latest offering in honour of Josh Donaldson.
Kelly McMichael (AKA Renders) has released a song devoted solely to the Toronto Blue Jays third baseman, Josh Donaldson. It's pretty damn catchy and has the accompanying visuals of Josh Donaldson below.
Here's how Kelly describes her motivation behind writing the song:
"I started writing the song after the September 8th vs Boston game when he hit that wild physics-defying triple off the corner of the back wall in the 10th inning.
At that moment it erupted to the point where I needed to express it in something beyond words. It was like the song was playing in my head, it all came out pretty quickly.
I had to grab the guitar and play along while watching the rest of the game. I considered trying to write some more clever lyrics, but the simplicity and the almost stalker-ish vibe just felt right.
I wanted to make sure it had that "jock jam" vibe, which isn't usually my style but i think I did alright for a first try.
So what exactly was it that drew Kelly towards Josh Donaldson in particular?
"I think my favourite thing about him is his ability to come up with these glorious achievements in key moments where you just can't believe your eyes.
He also always looks graceful and controlled, and doesn't have that meat-head jock vibe that rubs me the wrong way.
The team overall seems to have a more sophisticated vibe than some teams (excusing the celebration of the AL east division clinch, which was totally much deserved)."
So does she have any plans to writing any other Blue Jays-centric songs in the future?
"I would love to write more Blue Jays themed songs, especially if I could generate some sort of income off of it. Russell Martin would be next on the list, and Bautista definitely deserves one after all this time.
Price and Stroman would be great song candidates as well."
Image via Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP
Monday, October 5, 2015 | by Ian Hunter
Josh Donaldson's 2015 season was one for the ages. Donaldson was a revelation for the Toronto Blue Jays not only offensively, but defensively, and strangely ... folically?
Strangely enough, it was a banner year for Josh Donaldson in the hairstyle department as well. He managed to popularize a brand new hairstyle across the country as schoolyards are littered with kids sporting the "Donaldson".
Josh Donaldson's hair has undergone many iterations throughout the year. So after the jump, the complete visual retrospective of Josh Donaldson's hair throughout the 2015 regular season. Hat tip to @ruhee_ for the idea behind this.