Monday, March 7, 2011
Observations from the First Televised Game of the Year
By Ian Hunter
Overall, it was great to enjoy a lazy Sunday with some Blue Jays baseball on TV and I don't know how we managed five months without it.
Anyway, not like the Blue Jays 5-0 win over the Pirates was the preamble to a celebration down Yonge Street, but here are some random observations from yesterday's game:
Looks like Buck Martinez and Pat Tabler are shirt twins once again this season. The image at the top of this post wasn't lifted from yesterday's game, but from a road trip last year where they donned the same blue shirts.
One noticeable difference this time around that Archi noticed was that "Buck Martinez was made of fried chicken". I was immediately reminded of the episode of Seinfeld when Newman pictures Kramer as a delicious turkey.
Speaking of interesting looks, I'm still getting accustomed to those canary yellow Pittsburgh Pirates BP jerseys. They're so yellow that at any given moment, a member of their roster could very well burst out into "Peanut Butter Jelly Time".
We saw this a lot during the playoffs last year, but the Blue Jays broadcast sprinkled a few in-game interviews with players in the dugout. I hope it's something that's carried over into the regular season because it's very cool to get into the mindset of the players during the game.
One such interview was with Jose Bautista, and one of the most interesting things he said was that in addition to showing Brett Lawrie the ropes at third base, that Bautista is also picking up some pointers from Lawrie.
McKechnie Field is considered to be the Fenway Park of Spring Training facilities, and judging by the way some fly balls were carrying, it could also be considered the pre-humidor era Coors Field. It appeared as though balls in foul territory were really carrying long.
Then of course there was that tricky play where a pop up in foul territory floated into the infield and bounced just in front of Brett Lawrie. I'm sure the wind had something to do with it, but that was one of the weirdest plays I've ever seen.
I'm not sure of the outfielders that play in McKechnie Field get hazard play for having to deal with all those seagulls, but they certainly should. At times during the broadcast, it looked like we were watching a game take place at the city dump because of all the seagulls.