Showing posts with label Bobblehead. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bobblehead. Show all posts

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Weekend That Was

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Image courtesy of Daylife via AP
I have a confession to make; I was a horrible Blue Jays fan this past weekend. Of the three games against the New York Yankees, I only watched one. It's not something I'm proud of, but just wanted to get that out of the way.

So you'll have to forgive this mishmash of topics, as there really isn't one cohesive theme to this post. Just a grouping of a bunch of random thoughts in one place.

First off, congratulations to Brandon Morrow on what was likely his best start of the season. And of course I decided to let him go off my fantasy team this week, and he throws eight innings out shutout baseball.

Just another Saturday morning garage sale

I was at the game on Saturday, and the Blue Jays had their annual Jays Care Garage Sale. Having never been to one of these, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But they did have some pretty interesting things for sale.

Most of it was just merchandise autographed by former players; baseballs, bats, hats, etc. I thought it was funny they were selling a Brett Wallace game used bat. Did he even ever have a major league at bat before he was traded?

Nothing really peaked my interest at the table, so I ventured down to the Jays Shop where everything was 50% off. And also being a sucker for bobbleheads, I couldn't stop myself from purchasing a $3 dollar B.J. Ryan Bobblehead.

The weirdest thing was the guy right behind me in line had a B.J. Ryan Bobblehead as well. As the line snaked around the store, I overheard him say "I can't believe I'm standing in a line this long for something that's $3 dollars".

So I turned around, and low and behold the two of us had the exact same thing in our hands. We both acknowledged how odd the purchase was, but that at the price, it was too hard to resist.

C.B. Bucknor was kung fu fighting

As far as the game was concerned on Saturday, the thing I noticed the most was how home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor was having way too much fun calling third strikes on the Blue Jays.

Not to mention his strike zone was a little questionable, but he always called third strike with an emphatic punch. From my vantage point, it looked like he was doing kung fu or something.

And just to back up my suspicion that Bucknor was favouring the Yankees that game, any time the Yankees struck out, it was a very subdued version of his emphatic motion. I think C.B. wanted to look good on the highlight reel.

Let's go easy on Adam Lind

Lastly, I was reading John Lott's article on Adam Lind from Saturday's National Post and couldn't help but feel sorry for Lind. He's had a tough year, but some folks are writing him off completely and pulling the trigger on a trade to send him elsewhere.

We all have our own demons, and Adam Lind has obviously struggled with them this past year. The transition from DH to first base has taken a toll on him, and it has undoubtedly affected other aspects of his game. It's no secret to him, his manager, or the fans for that matter.

Baseball is an escape from the everyday for most of us, but the players have to live with it 24/7. If you or I have a bad day at work, we just go home and shake it off. But all the fans get to see Adam Lind's bad days at work, and after having that many bad days in a row, it must really add up.

All of Lind's hard work at first base has paid off, but it has some at the cost of his effectiveness at the plate. With the season winding down, I hope Adam Lind can clear his head and come back in 2012 as a renewed player.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Fans' Heads Are Bobbling Over Jose Bautista

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Bautista staredown pic courtesy of TheRealJeffS
First, let me begin by addressing the Jose Bautista Bobblehead debacle. I'm sure you saw on Twitter that these items were in very high demand this year and some folks were lined up for them as early as 10am.

In previous years, getting to the ballpark about 60 minutes in advance of the game is usually plenty of time to receive your giveaway at the gate. This year ... not so much. I waltzed up at about 11:50am to Gate 2 only to find all the Jose Bautista Bobbleheads were gone by around 11:45am.

I tried a couple of other gates just for kicks to see if they had any, but it was to no avail. All the "Baubbleheads", as Navin so cleverly coined them, were all gone. I learned from this experience that if you want your giveaway, make sure you're there when the gates open or prepare to go home empty-handed.

I'll admit, it was a little disappointing, but at the same time there was a silver lining to it all. It was very encouraging to know there were 10,000 fans who were already into the Rogers Centre at 12:00pm.

That just goes to show you that folks in Toronto either really love their bobbleheads or really love Jose Bautista. It might actually be a combination of both, but more so the latter than the former.

As far as the game was concerned, it was a very exciting contest. Other than the first few innings, Brett Cecil didn't really seem to be on his game. As the pitch count progressed, his fastball velocity trickled downward, which lead to him being yanked in the fifth.

The errors by Edwin Encarnacion were a little disheartening, but it was to be expected. Earlier in the game, fans were cheering him as he came up to bat. By the time his third at bat rolled around, they had already turned on him and were beginning to boo.

As questionable as some of Toronto's infielders have been during this series, they weren't nearly as bad as Minnesota's. Just ask the Twins how they feel about Tsuyoshi Nishioka after his big league debut this past weekend.

When the game rolled on into the late innings, the fans were on the edge of their seats. The air was let out of their sails when Jon Rauch gave up that solo shot to Denard Span in the top of the ninth. However, that didn't keep them from standing on their feet for nearly the entire bottom of the ninth.

With runners on second and third with two out, Jose Bautista came up to the plate poised to be the hero on his very own bobblehead day. He didn't tie the game, but he did extend the inning with yet another walk.

Adam Lind promptly swung at the very first pitch he saw from Joe Nathan which was ultimately the game-ending out. I'm not going to nitpick and say Lind should have known better than to swing at the first pitch, but obviously he was sitting fastball and Nathan countered with a breaking ball.

It was a comeback attempt that fell short, but it was an exciting game nonetheless. If the Blue Jays were going to lose that game, I can't think of a more exciting fashion for them to do it in.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dave Stieb Bobblehead Day Review

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I'm someone who truly believes in order to know where you're going, you have to know where you've been.

Even though Richard Griffin reported there was descention from players in the clubhouse last year regarding Flashback Fridays, personally I think it's important to acknowledge and respect the accomplishments from the past.

For the Toronto Blue Jays and fans alike, yesterday was a time to honour the accomplishments of perhaps the best starting pitcher this franchise has ever seen. None other than number 37, Dave Stieb.

On paper it was billed as Dave Stieb Bobblehead day, but it was surprisingly much more than that. Basically, it was a full-out tribute to the 20th Anniversary of Stieb's no-hitter on September 2nd 1990, and I was surprised it wasn't advertised as such.

Either way, it was great to see a mini-reunion of sorts with Jesse Barfield, Duane Ward, Tony Fernandez and Pat Hentgen all in attendance to pay tribute to Dave Stieb.

For those who couldn't make it down to the Rogers Centre, I urge you to check out the entire on-field tribute as well as the video package the Blue Jays made to honour Dave Stieb. Honestly, it's tough to watch this and not tear up just a little bit.

In my mind, the best part of the entire ceremony was when Shaun Marcum, Ricky Romero, Brandon Morrow and Brett Cecil presented Dave Stieb with the portrait made by Vernon Wells Sr.

It signified a passing of the torch from one era of starting pitchers to another. And aside from one man named Harry Leroy Halladay, I truly believe the next Dave Stieb is in that core four of starting pitchers ... but I'm not sure which one it is just yet.

Aside from the game itself, here's the only complaint I have: the inaccuracy of the Dave Stieb bobblehead. If you look carefully, he's wearing a home white-paneled cap and a road grey jersey.

Didheley on Twitter also pointed out that Dave Stieb is wearing a road grey jersey that says "Blue Jays" when in fact the Blue Jays have never had a road jersey that said anything other than "Toronto" on the front. It's minor nitpicking, but as a self-appointed bobblehead aficionado, you tend to pick up on these things.

Overall, it was a great day to pay tribute to Dave Stieb and it's hard to believe it's already been 20 years since his no-hitter happened. Let's hope it doesn't take another 20 years for the next Blue Jays no-hitter to come along.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Randy Ruiz is freed permanently (in bobblehead form)

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Image courtesy of Las Vegas 51's
After spending years in the minor leagues, I am proud to announce that Randy Ruiz has finally been freed permanently ... in bobblehead form.

This Saturday at Cashman Park in Las Vegas is Randy Ruiz Bobblehead Night in honour of last year's Pacific League Coast MVP and current member of the Blue Jays roster.

Unfortunately since the game is in Las Vegas, most of us will be unable to attend. However, for those in the vicinity of Sin City this weekend, this is a deal you cannot pass up:

Apparently if you go to the Golden Gate Casino in Vegas and sign up for their "Club 1906", you get FREE tickets to the Las Vegas 51's game, FREE transportation to the game, and of course the FREE Randy Ruiz bobblehead.

So what do you guys say - impromptu road trip to Vegas or what?

It'll be just like The Hangover, except it won't be a bachelor party, and there won't be any tigers in a hotel suite, and the Chinese mafia won't be out to get us ... but other than that, it'll almost be the exact same.

Plus, we'll have a Randy Ruiz bobblehead to remember everything by!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

For Sale: Alex Rios Paraphernalia

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  • One Alex Rios Figurine
  • One Alex Rios Bobblehead
  • One Alex Rios Powder Blue Toronto Blue Jays T-Shirt (not pictured)
          Asking price: Alex Rios to come back to the Blue Jays.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

And Your Savior Is … Kevin Mench?

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I can’t remember the last time the phrases “walk-off hit” and “Kevin Mench” were included in the same sentence. But thanks to that bald-headed bastard, the Jays won in dramatic fashion scoring 2 in the bottom of the 9th and beating the A’s 5-4.

I knew Mench’s head was big, but I had no idea his head was a size 8 - wow, that is an ogre of a fucking head. Originally it seemed like the only motivation for J.P. Ricciardi to sign Mench was for an eventual “Kevin Mench Oversized Bobblehead Day”, but now he’s actually doing okay as a utility player.

Aside from his obvious GINORMOUS melon, Mench is still sporting his Texas Rangers threads in all his profile pages on ESPN and Yahoo! Baseball. Dude - get over it, that was over two years ago you left Texas. Either that, or get on that fucking webmaster to change those pictures!
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