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PLAYOFFS!!!1

You may not have noticed, but I’ve been away. I’ve missed some things in Jays Land — Bautista going oppo, Cito’s departure, E5 flashing his power again — and while it would have been nice to see all those things, I can’t say I missed them.

When confronted by someone who makes a claim like “I don’t care about the Jays and I won’t until they play meaningful baseball in September,” I’ve often responded with something along the lines of “there is no such thing as meaningless baseball,” and I still believe that. But having spent a few days in San Francisco while the Giants were fighting for a division title, my perspective’s changed.

I grew up on the East Coast, far from any professional sports teams. When the Jays won the World Series it was exciting, but I didn’t get to experience the buzz that I’m sure existed in Toronto. Until last week, I had never attended an MLB game anywhere except the Dome. What I’m trying to say is that my first-hand experience with pro ball is pretty limited.

Being in San Fran, seeing Giants gear everywhere, seeing the Giants on TV through every window at almost all hours, having strangers walk up and talk baseball in bars, having a man who runs an ice cream shop in a small town hours outside of San Fran start a conversation about the Giants — the city, and a big chunk of the state, almost seemed to be living and breathing Giants baseball.

I’ve always had a soft spot for Los Gigantes and, since the Expos left, they’ve been my go-to National League team. It was easy for me to get swept up in the excitement. What surprised me is that my girlfriend, who normally doesn’t care about baseball in the least, got swept up in it, too.

And then I finally got it. I was not wrong, but I was wrong. There is no such thing as meaningless baseball, but there is such a thing as meaningful baseball.

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The last post before embracing the building

So Brandon League has joined the ranks of the fallen along with Scott Rolen, Alex Rios, Rod Barajas, Marco (Stroodles) Scutaro and Roy Halladay.

I’m a bit out of the loop right now — not so much that I don’t know that the trade happened, but enough that I’ve got nothing useful to say about it. I guess spending 6+ hours on an airplane for what is supposed to be a two-hour flight will do that to you.

Ah, air travel during Canadian winters.

In honour of the fallen and in lieu of anything useful to say, I’ll give you an animated gif. I’m sure you’ve all seen it before, but it is definitely worth seeing again: The moment I called my favourite of the year, Stroodles stealing second on a walk…

And that’s that. We’ll probably be off until the new year. And when we’re back, we’re embracing building and we’re looking forward.

PLAYOFFS!!!1

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Twins win beautiful game

Twinkies!

After suffering through the Jays’ season, last night’s AL Central tiebreaker is exactly what I needed. It was easily the best baseball game I have seen in a long, long time. People call soccer the beautiful game, but it doesn’t hold a candle to playoff baseball.

Here are a couple of quotes I’m ripping from facebook that describe my feelings from last night exactly:

I would have suffered several nervous break downs if I had to watch the Jays play a game of this magnitude to get into the playoffs.

thanks, Twins and Tigers, for reminding me that baseball doesn’t have to be about mind-numbing frustration.

The authors of those quotes do visit this site, they can claim them in the comments section if they wish.

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More bad McGowan news

Dustin McGowan

Just over a week ago, Alex Antholopous made an appearance on Prime Time Sports and, as the Drunks pointed out, was somewhere south of optimistic when asked about Dustin McGowan’s rehab and if he’d ever pitch again.

I recommend you read the Drunks’ post if you haven’t already, but here’s the main point that Anthopolous made during the interview:

I can comment to say that it’s been a long road back, and it’s been up and down. He made a lot of progress, then he did have a little bit of a setback. I don’t know that we’re prepared to say that he’s never going to come back, I think we’re just going to continue to be hopeful, continue to work with him, and hopefully we’ll have more informati0n at the end of the year.

Doesn’t sound good.

Hot on the heels of that sadness, J.P. is also saying some discouraging things about our favourite mutton chops. Erika Gilbert, Bastian’s intern over at bluejays.com, asked the GM about McGowan:

“Dustin is slow. He’s been a slower process,” Ricciardi said. “I don’t know when he’ll come back.”

When asked if McGowan would ever pitch in the Major Leagues again, Ricciardi could not give a definite answer.

“He’s playing catch,” Ricciardi said. “He can’t get beyond playing catch right now.”

“I don’t know if he’s never going to throw again, but right now, he’s struggling. He’s not where he should be from a rehab standpoint.”

McGowan began throwing again in late May, but he has not made much progress from that point.

Can’t get beyond playing catch. Yikes.

I’m really hoping McGowan can get back to being his old self, the 2010 World Series won’t be the same without him.

Good news for the Shaun Marcum Fan Club though. We all know that Marcum’s ahead of schedule in his recovery, but J.P. went out of his way to allay the fan club’s worst fears, saying that Marcum won’t be rushed back, no matter how tempting it might be.

Marcum’s a huge talent and I don’t think I could ever forgive Jays’ brass if they wreck his chances at long-term awesome by rushing him.

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