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This might be my favorite post of the year, our annual introduction post. Yeah, mostly because the baseball season is soon to start, but also because it is fun to see where everyone is from and learn a little bit about the folks who come to the site.

The second title comes from an old Kris Kristofferson song, The Silver Tongued Devil And I. Back when Hugo was on the site, he would use song lyrics as titles for his posts (generally from some obscure song that only he had ever heard of), and it gave the site an identity, making it different than all the other Blue Jays sites out there. I kept up the tradition for a while, but SEO interests I ended that.

What we’d like is for you to copy and paste the following questions into the comment thread and give us your answers.

Name:

Location:

Favourite Current Jay:

Favourite All-Time Jay:

Favourite Non-Jay:

Favourite Blue Jays Prospect:

Metaphysical Position on the Diamond:

Ballpark I’d Most Like to Visit:

Favourite Baseball Movie:

Stepping up to the Plate Music:

When Not Bantering, I:

On Twitter I am:

Baseball Card Back Fun Fact:


Here are some of the people that keep the site running:

Name: Tom Dakers. I’ve been around here since April of 2008, a few months before Jose Bautista was a Blue Jay.

Location: Third star on the right, straight on till morning. Also known as Calgary.

Favourite Current Jay: It changes constantly, often it is whoever got the last hit, or the last one to pitch well. Maybe Aaron Sanchez.

Favourite All-Time Jay: Lloyd Moseby or Scott Downs or well, any of a couple of hundred guys.

Favourite Non-Jay: Gary Carter

Favorite Blue Jays Prospect: Anthony Alford

Metaphysical Position on the Diamond: Second base. Don’t have the arm for short.

Ballpark I’d Most Like to Visit: Wrigley? I’ve been to many of the parks, but no Wrigley yet.

Favourite Baseball Movie: Bull Durham. I was going to put Trouble with the Curve, just to see if anyone was reading this.

Stepping up to the Plate Music: How’m I Gonna Find You Now, by James McMurtry. Gotta keep up the site’s tradition of songs no one has ever heard.

When Not Bantering, I: Am trying to perfect myself in my own peculiar way. I’m a husband, father, hopefully friend. I’ve been trying to crave out moments to work at the guitar. I bought a charango on holiday this winter, trying to figure out how to make music with it. I’m doing a charity bike ride this summer, so trying to get into shape for that. If you would like to donate, I’d appreciate it.

On Twitter I am: @bluebirdbanter

Baseball Card Back Fun Fact: Once (well five times) appeared on stage with the Alberta Ballet.


Name: Kate

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Favourite Current Jays: Danny Jansen and Ryan Borucki (Team #JanBo)

Favourite Non-Jay: Clayton Kershaw

Favorite Blue Jays Prospect: Nate Pearson

Metaphysical Position on the Diamond: Motivational coach

Favourite Baseball Movie: Sandlot

Ballpark I’d Most Like to Visit: Bowen Field in Bluefield, WV

Stepping up to the Plate Music: Dancing in the Moonlight - Toploader

When Not Bantering, I: make TV shows

On Twitter I am: @OhKStan

Baseball Card Back Fun Fact: I have now been to more minor league parks (7) than I have major league parks (5)


Name: Erik

Location: Saskatoon

Favourite Current Jay: Gurriel

Favourite All-Time Jay: Halladay

Favourite Non-Jay: Votto

Favorite Blue Jays Prospect: Pardinho

Metaphysical Position on the Diamond: Pitcher

Ballpark I’d Most Like to Visit: Minute Maid Park

Favourite Baseball Movie: Major League

Stepping up to the Plate Music: Put me in Coach

When Not Bantering, I: am renovating my new house

On Twitter I am: @Erik_G_T

Baseball Card Back Fun Fact: I ate 40 perogies at my 10th birthday party


Name: Chris (Bowling_Guy25_)

Location: Toronto

Favourite Current Jay: Vlad Jr

Favourite All-Time Jay: Delgado

Favourite Non-Jay: Yasiel Puig (Players should have more fun on the field)

Metaphysical Position on the Diamond: Foul Lines (tell fair from foul? I am so clever)

Favourite Baseball Movie: Sandlot

Stepping up to the Plate Music: AC/DC - Hells Bells

When Not Bantering I: Work in IT, play video games (League of legends name: Koija)...Bowling

On Twitter I am: No Twitterino

Baseball Card Back Fun Fact: I was pitching and knocked the helmet off a girl at bat. She retired...she was 9!


Name: Bryant (dexfarkin)

Location: Toronto

Favourite Current Jay: Danny Jansen

Favourite All-Time Jay: Lloyd Moseby

Favourite Non-Jay: Russell Martin

Favorite Blue Jays Prospect: Bo Bichette

Metaphysical Position on the Diamond: OF defensive replacement

Ballpark I’d Most Like to Visit: Dodgers Stadium

Favourite Baseball Movie: Bull Durham

Stepping up to the Plate Music: Poets by The Tragically Hip

When Not Bantering, I: Write sci-fi, read a book every couple of days, and maintain the sad longing of being a foodie with little money.

On Twitter I am: @dexfarkin

Baseball Card Back Fun Fact: Despite being taught how he throws a knuckleball by Joe Niekro in 1985, I remain confident that after at least several thousand attempts, I have never, indeed, made a ball knuckle.


Name: Leo / Minor Leaguer

Location: Toronto

Favourite Current Jay: Devon Travis

Favourite All-Time Jay: Roy Halladay

Favourite Non-Jay: Probably José Altuve?

Favourite Blue Jays Prospect: I can’t say Vlad or Bo, so Jordan Romano (hey that rhymes)

Metaphysical Position on the Diamond: The extended netting on top of the dugouts (I might not be pretty to look at but eventually you’ll get used to me and some day I might just save someone’s life)

Ballpark I’d Most Like to Visit: Koshien Stadium

Favourite Baseball Movie: Angels in the Outfield (one of the first baseball movies I remember seeing)

Stepping up to the Plate Music: Rush B from ~2:20 to ~2:32 (https://youtu.be/5zo7BYoaqAA?t=140)

When Not Bantering, I: Am on Twitter

On Twitter I am: @Minor_Leaguer

Baseball Card Back Fun Fact: Minor Leaguer suffered a season-ending injury on July 29 by tearing his ankle tendons as he fell down the stairs. As he was laying on the floor in a pool of blood and writhing in pain (he had also cut a cash on my scalp) he heard on the upstairs TV that Lourdes Gurriel got hurt minutes after he did. (Tom’s note: I don’t see the fun part in this fun fact).


Name: Matt W

Location: GTA

Favourite Current Jay: Pillar I suppose, by default of being the only drafted/developed regular in the last 15 years

Favourite All-Time Jay: Halladay

Favourite Non-Jay: I barely watch any non-Jays baseball. Let’s say Matt Boyd.

Favourite Blue Jays Prospect: On the advice of counsel, I decline to answer the question. How could I choose just one?!? Relative to consensus, let’s say Chavez Young.

Favourite Baseball Movie: Major League

Ballpark I’d Most Like to Visit: Vancouver

Stepping up to the Plate Music: No idea

When Not Bantering, I: am probably listening to minor league baseball

On Twitter I am: not; a decision that seemingly ages like a fine wine with each passing year

Baseball Card Back Fun Fact: I am now about 90% sure the first Blue Jays game I watched was August 8th, 1997. If you were born after this date, get off BBB’s lawn.


Your turn.