Thanks for all the birthday wishes. It was a good day.
The Jays luncheon was ok....not much of a chance to talk to anyone. I said hi to PR person Jay Stenhouse, though I'm pretty sure he didn't remember who I was and I talked to Jamie Campbell for a moment, and he did remember who I was. It was a pretty decent steak lunch, Jamie got each of the players (Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Drew Hutchison, Kevin Pillar and Roberto Alomar) up on stage and asked them some quick questions, which, for the most part, received one word answers. There were some speeches and a few auctions, unfortunately, the bidding was too rich for my bank account.
There was no time for autographs, but my son went over and shook hands with the players and got a quick picture with Stroman and Sanchez.
Right after the Jays got on a plane for Vancouver.
In other stuff:
- Bob Elliott wrote 900 words (all in one sentence paragraphs) on how ignorant of baseball Edward Rogers III is proving to be, while tell us that he and his friends refuse to return phone calls. This is my favorite bit.
Who is saying we'll give you Hoffman for Duquette?
Is it Eddie Rogers, who has never been involved in the day-to-day involvement of the club?
Or Rai, a skybox regular when the Jays visit Yankee Stadium?
Or is it Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Media (the Jays fall under his umbrella)? For all of Pelley's years in sports broadcasting, he once shocked a meeting by asking, "What's a relief pitcher?"
- But then Stephen Brunt says that the Jays are giving up on getting Duquette. I don't know where he is getting this information, unless it comes from Mr. Rogers Jr, I'm gong to take it when a grain of salt. What he says makes a ton of sense, but thing nothing about this whole saga makes sense.
- Former Blue Jays pitcher, Ted Lilly may have been trying to scam an insurance company. It seems silly that a guy who made $80 million dollars in his career would try to scam a company out of $200,000.