There are little bits of Blue Jays stuff this morning:
- Charlie says that the top of the lineup will be Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Lourdes Gurriel and Vladimir Guerrero.
- Then likely Travis Shaw, Randal Grichuk, and Teoscar Hernandez.
- And Anthony Alford will get a lot of playing time early in camp. There was a mention from Scott Mitchell that the team doesn’t see Alford as a center fielder any more. This I don’t understand, they saw Teoscar Hernandez as a center fielder. Alford can’t be worse than that.
Real fake baseball is almost here.
Saturday’s Grapefruit League opener starts with Trent Throton, while Sam Gaviglio, Yensy Diaz, Jordan Romano, AJ Cole, Bryan Moran, Jake Petricka, Philip Aumont and Kirby Snead are slated to work. Radio coverage starts at 12:30p. #bluejays— Ben Wagner (@benwag247) February 20, 2020
Joseph Caleb has talents beyond catching.
There is a longish interview with Mark Shapiro in the Sun. This one I liked:
When did you start feeling like a Torontonian?
“Maybe when my kids started using colloquialisms. My son says ‘cheers’ and ‘eh’ all the time. Part of their formative life was spent here. There’s a point of pride in being here and an appreciation for what the opportunity is.
“It’s so incredible to be in a place where race, religion, ethnicity and country of origin are not that relevant to how someone is viewed. The lack of gun violence. The approach to immigration. I appreciate that every day.”
I didn’t know that we said ‘cheers’ more than others. It is a nice positive piece.
Honestly he could hardly do worse:
I am ready to be baseball's next commissioner— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) February 20, 2020
The Athletic has a ranking of “every stadium by craft beer offerings”. Not surprisingly Rogers Centre is at the bottom of the list:
I could list the beers, but I’m not trying to shame anyone. Let’s just say there’s not really any local craft beer in this park. It’s sad, too, because they’re leaving money on the table in Toronto, as they are in New York. Toronto has Bellwood’s, Left Field, nearby Collective Arts — there’s a great beer scene in Ontario. There are people who will spend more on craft beer. There are people who will walk down the concourse to get to craft beer. There are people who will come to a craft beer night at the park. I promise. They read this post, they represent a thirsty coalition, and they are being let down.
I don’t understand why we can’t have decent beer at the games. It isn’t like Toronto doesn’t have good breweries around. I do agree with T-Mobile Park in Seattle being at the top of the list. They have a ton of choices at the ballpark.
I see Kauffman Stadium is number 5 on the list and I’m hoping to get there this summer.