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The Rage of Kawasaki Sunday September 22, 2013 Links

A win against the hungover Red Sox isn't bad although it doesn't make up for the fact they celebrated clinching the AL East after beating the Jays.

You don't want to make him angry, ump.
You don't want to make him angry, ump.
Darren McCollester


Toronto Blue Jays deal Boston Red Sox’s Clay Buchholz first loss of season | National Post
AP's recap: Clay Buchholz lost for the first time this season, and the AL East champion Boston Red Sox rested a couple of regulars

Toronto Blue Jays at Boston Red Sox - September 21, 2013 | TOR Recap
Mark Buehrle surpassed the 200-inning plateau for the 13th consecutive season while leading the Blue Jays to a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox with another masterful performance on Saturday night at Fenway Park.


Why Alex Anthopoulos feels ‘guilty’ about the Blue Jays’ season | National Post
This big blue machine was a mess from the start; guys got hurt, guys started slow, guys threw the ball around like it was a live salamander. The problems were everywhere.

The Blue Jay Hunter: Flashback Friday: Vernon Wells' Walk-Off Home Run Against Mariano Rivera
Memories, Like the Corners of my mind...

Hum and Chuck: There Is Still Good in the Blue Jays World (Apparently)
After my baseball best friend, Edwin Encarnacion, was placed on the DL for the remainder of the season, I contemplated giving up completely on the season. I didn't feel like reading about anything, I didn't feel like listening to games on the radio and I sure as hell didn't feel like writing about it. I mean, Munenori Kawasaki was the DH.

Gregg Zaun on Blue Jays: ‘I’m not paid to sugar-coat reality’ | Toronto Star
Sportsnet analyst opens up about his criticism of Jays and discloses he was once disciplined for comments made about GM Alex Anthopoulos.

Blue Jays’ Colby Rasmus out for season after ball in face | Toronto Star
Centre fielder becomes eighth player from Jays’ opening-day roster to finish season on the DL.


The Worst of the Best: The Week(s)’s Wildest Swings | FanGraphs Baseball
Some very ugly swings as per usual.

The Worst of the Best: The Week(s)’s Wildest Pitches | FanGraphs Baseball
A Couple of weeks of futility. Anthony Gose was on the receiving end.

Writer’s View: The Best Players Not in the Hall of Fame | FanGraphs Baseball
Good news for Rock Fans.

Jonny Gomes Punts Beers, Hits Old Guy In The Dome
The Red Sox clinched the A.L. East last night against the Blue Jays and engaged in the usual champagne-and-beer-spraying celebration. Fun times. Jonny Gomes added to the fun by kicking beer cans all over the place and apparently hit an old dude in the stands. Looks like he got him pretty good, too.

Watch as the Dodgers anger the Diamondbacks by celebrating in their pool | National Post
The Dodgers insist they meant no disrespect, but that pool in the right field corner of Chase Field is as close to a landmark as the ballpark has.

Note: Old Man yells at cloud.

The best rookies of the ‘80s
A moonwalk down memory lane, remembering the top rookies of the decade when video killed the radio star.


Baseball History September 22nd - National Pastime - Baseball History
1987 Chicago sends Dickie Noles to the Tigers for a player to be named later. A month later the right handed pitcher is returned to the Cubs as that player to be named later. Note: Noles gave up the last Jays Game Winning hit of the season, a bases loaded triple to Juan Beniquez in the bottom of the 9th in one of the most exciting Jays games ever. And that was it, except for the seven straight losses and lots of tears.

1998 The Blue Jays' Jose Canseco hits his 45th and 46th home runs setting a new career high.

2005 An American Society of Microbiology's study of the number of people who wash their hands after using a public restroom reports 83 percent of patrons take advantage of the available soap and water. Of the 6,300 bathroom users monitored, the worst hygiene was found at Turner Field during a Braves game where approximately a quarter of the patrons (37% male and 16% female) did not wash their hands after using the facilities. Note: Eeeewwww.