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Just when it looked like there was a chance the Blue Jays would field a healthy lineup for the first time since the 7th game of the season, at the end of yesterday’s “Off the Record,” Paul Godfrey mentioned that Aaron Hill will be going on the 15-day DL with a knee problem. So Johnny Mac will shift over to second for the time being, Royce Clayton will be getting playing time again at SS, and a AAA infielder will be called up. Could this be the long-awaited return of Russ Adams?! Despite all the talk about Thigpen being converted, he’s not ready- he only played a couple games at 2b in the minors and looked pretty terrible.

Also during the segment, Warren Sawkiw said (and Landsberg picked up and repeated) that the Blue Jays had not won more than 4 games since May 2004. I thought I’d heard this particular inaccurate stat bite before (the Blue Jays won 5 last year between June 27 and July 1), and sure enough- it’s from the Star (under “Streaks”) this week!

This is what happens when you write for a major paper and don’t fact check (I’m looking at you, Richard Griffin): pretty soon all the talking heads in the city are recycling your mistake and it becomes common knowledge. If Jamie Campbell quotes this as fact the next time we get to 4 games, I am muting the TV and turning on the radio for the rest of the season (which other than the delay, is not such a bad idea anyway- Alan Ashby is amazing.)

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Written by halejon

July 11, 2007 at 4:37 pm

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  1. Wow, that’s unreal – I’ve heard that tidbit all over. They even mentioned it on “primetime” on the Fan the other day in the afternoon.

    Thank goodness for fact-checkers, eh?

    Though, later in the show, I was impressed with the cudos they actually gave to bloggers, rather then they poison they usually spit on anyone without “credentials” or not in the mainstream media. Though it might have just been a slow news day.

    It was all courtesy of the “open letter” sent by the USS Mariner to King Felix:

    http://ussmariner.com/2007/06/27/an-open-letter-to-rafael-chaves/

    And a little comentary on the result:

    http://deadspin.com/sports/listen-to-the-internet-and-its-sweet-secrets/felix-hernandez-informed-by-internet-that-he-has-other-pitches-besides-fastball-276042.php

    So basically, we are the “fact-checkers” – and the “Griffins” of the world better watch out.

    Oh, and if they don’t bring Adams up, it means they took him back behind the barn and was put down (for the sake of everyone else involved).

    Either that or he’s been frozen, so in a couple years when the technology exists, they will graft Eddie Zosky’s “major league standard for the next 10 years” throwing arm just below his current arm (you wouldn’t want to step to the plate with any of Zosky’s body parts). All we can hope is that the statue of limitations hasn’t run out on Zosky – you stay in shape working part time for a production company. Which oddly enough also employes David Cone and David Wells??

    Honestly, wft is ‘Rocco’s Jobbers’? Anyone know?

    Dan

    July 12, 2007 at 2:04 pm

  2. Dammit – stupid “moderation”.

    Dan

    July 12, 2007 at 2:05 pm

  3. And here’s the only tidbit I’ve found so far:

    “Additionally, Wells has drawn the ire of the right-wing conservatives for his continued support of Rocco’s Jobbers, a production company involving his friend and former Yankee and Blue Jay teammate, David Cone.”

    Conservatives? Made at David Wells? Impossible. What the heck do they do at ‘Rocco’s Jobbers’?

    Dan

    July 12, 2007 at 2:07 pm

  4. From the Rob Ducey wiki entry:

    He was part of the Canadian production company, Rocco’s Jobbers, that aimed to raise funds for Baseball Canada. With the help of then existing Toronto Blue Jay players, the project was a success and brought much needed support to the development of Canadian baseball players.

    Also involved: Kelly Gruber (who was shot down by Wells when he tried to launch a bid to take it over because he thought he was an idiot), Sandy Alomar Jr. (who started the thing) and Ed Sprague.

    Hahahaha…and ALMOST Rocco Baldelli, purely because of his first name:

    In May of 2004, Baldelli was offered a $10,000,000 promotional contract to act as the lead spokesman for a production company called Rocco’s Jobbers. The offer was revoked, however, when it became apparent that Baldelli’s persona did not meet the standards of the company’s executives, which included ex-Major Leaguers David Cone and David Wells.

    halejon

    July 12, 2007 at 4:24 pm

  5. But how can a company have $10,000,000 to throw around when they don’t even have a website or any info on the web at all, aside from small wikki snipits.

    Money laundering???

    Dan

    July 12, 2007 at 6:08 pm

  6. Seeing that was the last edit made to Baldelli’s profile, I think it’s probably just made up. I doubt baseball Canada has 10 million bucks.

    Jon

    July 12, 2007 at 6:53 pm

  7. I don’t think Baseball Canada has any bucks. They still hold annual charity dinners, at about $150 a plate – they’re not making millions.

    Dan

    July 12, 2007 at 7:12 pm

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