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Signs of Spring

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That’s a good idea, Dan- Ok, you know it’s spring training when:

  1. Frank Thomas is Bunting (upwards, it appears)
  2. Frank thomas bunting

    (AP Photo/Frank Gunn)

  3. The team is sporting haircuts that are not ready for media exposure (the “winter mullets” are still out).
  4. talletaccardoBurnett

    (AP Photo/Frank Gunn)

  5. Reed Johnson is about to be attacked with shaving cream in an incident that has nothing to do with giving an interview or pie.
  6. reedlook

    (AP Photo/Frank Gunn)

  7. The media is dragging the bottom of the barrell and writing entire articles on meaningless things like said haircuts and facial hair:
  8. http://www.thestar.com/Sports/article/185628

  9. Josh Towers is kicking some ass:
  10. josh towers bringing the pain

    (AP Photo/Frank Gunn)

  11. Fringe players are bargaining/begging for scraps:
  12. Taubenheim, who dropped about 15 pounds in the offseason, said he doesn’t care what role he’s asked to fill. “I don’t care if it’s as a reliever, if it’s as a starter,” Taubenheim said. “If they come up with a new pitching position they want me to fill, I’ll do it.”

    “The No.1 thing is whatever it takes to help these guys (win) is my job,” Stairs said of his anticipated role this year. “I’ll never complain about playing time. I’ll be 39 when the season starts and I know I can still hit. It’s whatever they want me to do.

    A cautiously optimistic Josh Towers said he would do whatever it took to help the team win. “It’s all about knowing your role. Of course I would like the opportunity to prove myself again in the rotation, but I’m willing to work out of the pen, start in AAA, anything. Heck, if they think I can help the team most by selling hotdogs in the stands to offset my 2.3 million dollar salary, I’m totally willing to do that.”

  13. Gabe Gross leads the league in Home Runs
  14. Roy Halladay just gave up 2 Home Runs in an inning and he’s smiling and laughing
  15. Chugging contests are still allowed on-fieldchugging.jpg
  16. (AP Photo/Frank Gunn)

  17. Love is in the air.
  18. burn

Written by halejon

February 27, 2007 at 11:32 pm

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  1. Haha, those are fantastic pictures….but you forgot the best one from last year (though there’s still plenty of time left this spring). And it really goes to show one of the most obvious dichotomys in professional sports – some dudes make 20 mil a season, and other dudes make league minimum.

    Here’s the original article about the whole fiasco:

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Baseball/MLB/Toronto/2006/03/30/1512322-sun.html

    And here’s a pic of Russ Adams’ car after:

    So, the rookies show up, thinking they’re all hot shit with t-shirts printed with Roy and A.J.’s pictures and the caption “Brokeback Mound” – in obvious reference to their new roles 1 – 2 starters. Cute guys, cute.

    Well, the dudes making 20 mil had other ideas:

    Step 1: Halladay and Burnett hired a plane to fly over the field before a game against the Phillies with a sign that read, “Aaron, will you marry me? I love you. Russ.”

    Step 2: They arranged for Hill and Adams to be married. Really. They decorated the clubhouse with wedding decorations, hired a caterer, a DJ, a videographer, had wedding gifts and everything. Hill’s car had blue and white balloons all over it, with signs, including one that said, “Watch us turn two later tonight.”

    Nice try rooks. Nice try.

    Dan

    February 28, 2007 at 1:23 am

  2. Not only was an article written, but TSN did a report on it as well. Do they share the same brain? I bet JP told the media “Today, you’re going to do a story on why we’re exactly opposite to the Yankees, but without mentioning the fact that it’s been 14 years since we made the playoffs.”

    But I feel secure knowing that our catcher in Syracuse has one bad-ass Fu Manchu.

    Although it’s not like the Jays were prim and proper last year: Tallet, Ryan, Accardo, League, Marcum, Johnson…they all head facial hair or mullets.

    Chris

    February 28, 2007 at 2:20 am

  3. Hey, what the heck – I posted a huge add-on to this, any idea of what happened to my post? Is it still under review, since I used the word “shit”?

    Dan

    February 28, 2007 at 2:38 pm

  4. I just got a great idea….a spring training fantasy league! It would be totally ridiculous trying to guess who’s going to be letting it all hang out and who is too good to care about anything but practicing what they need to improve. And with my first pick, I select…Jason Smith!

    halejon

    February 28, 2007 at 6:48 pm

  5. I’ll take Gabe Gross.

    hroman

    March 1, 2007 at 2:44 am

  6. Hmmm….for my starting pitcher I can’t decide who will be gunning harder, Matumoto or Towers…go with the first chance ever, or last chance ever?

    halejon

    March 1, 2007 at 5:31 am

  7. I’ll take Zambrano, well until his arm falls off, or he kills somebody “Rick Vaughn” style.

    (I’m still looking a picture from that scene where he kills that practice target)

    “Zambrano worked an inning of an intrasquad game on a breezy, hot early afternoon and made enough of an impression that both manager John Gibbons and general manager J.P. Ricciardi said he was now in the picture to head north with the Blue Jays. Surprised? Considering there was talk of a mid-May target date — June, even — surprised is an apt word.

    “He was a little tired there at the end, but he’s way ahead of where I thought he’d be,” said Ricciardi, who looked on as Zambrano mixed in two-seam fastballs and breaking balls and changeups.

    It was a typical veteran’s initial outing: some good, some bad. A broken bat, couple of nasty pitches, a three-run home run allowed and a hit batter. Zambrano, a 31-year-old right-hander who is less than 10 months removed from Tommy John tendon-transplant surgery, ended his afternoon by cussing loudly and stalking off the mound after the third out, like a craftsman angry at his tools.

    “He got a little pissed off,” pitching coach Brad Arnsberg said later. ‘I like that.’ ”

    (editors note: Arnsberg later mentioned that a ‘soon to be signed’ Al Leiter was also in the mix to head north, based on raw emotion and use of expletives alone – http://images.si.com/baseball/mlb/2000/world_series/news/2000/10/26/harsanyi-mets_locker/t1_mets_ap-01.jpg )

    Ok, now since I have some free time, I will re-create the post that this damn thing cruelly murderd two days ago……you know its spring training when:

    Well, here’s the original article of my favorite “you know its spring training moment” last season:

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Baseball/MLB/Toronto/2006/03/30/1512322-sun.html

    I loved this, it was a perfect example of the fantastic dichomy in professional sports salaries – on every team you’ve got the guys making 20 mil and the guys barely making league minimum. Well, this just a small taste of what happens when you try and pull a prank on the “big guns”.

    (brief editors note: unfortunatly for Adams he isn’t quite the “hot shit” he was a year ago today……to quote yesterdays Star: “GM J.P. Ricciardi as far ago as last September said that it would be very difficult for Russ Adams to make the Jays opening day roster…….The only way he can make it back to the Jays is with a terrific season at Syracuse…as a second baseman.” Ouch.)

    Well, lets go back to last season, and happier times for our dynamic duo of first rounders of the future when the days were warmer and grass greener:

    Well, our two heroes noted that the freshly minted #1 and #2 starters were spending considerable time together, so Hill and Adams had a couple of t-shirts printed up with Burnett’s and Halladay’s pictures on them – with the caption “Brokeback Mound.”

    Well, that’s when the whole “revenge with unlimited resources” kicks in…

    Step 1: Halladay and Burnett hired a plane to fly over the field before a Phillies game with a sign that read, “Aaron, will you marry me? I love you. Russ.”

    Step 2: They then arranged for Hill and Adams to be married. Really. They decorated the clubhouse with wedding decorations, hired a caterer, a DJ, a videographer, had wedding gifts and everything. Hill’s car had blue and white balloons all over it, with signs, including one that said, “Watch us turn two later tonight.”

    How freaking amazing is that…..

    Nice try Rooks. Nice try.

    Dan

    March 1, 2007 at 5:11 pm

  8. Hey wait, my original post showed up. I’m so confused.

    Blogs have now officially ruined my brain.

    Dan

    March 1, 2007 at 5:45 pm

  9. So blogs have ruined Dan’s brain? Are you sure it isn’t something else?

    Chris

    March 2, 2007 at 2:10 am

  10. Ok, beer and drugs also helped.

    Dan

    March 2, 2007 at 3:11 pm

  11. Ok some more fantastic “you know its spring moments”.

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20070228&content_id=1820348&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

    Bill Hall strips down to a black spandex sprinter’s suit and spikes for the team’s 60m dash.

    Now that’s great material!

    Oh and don’t forget to….insert caption here:

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0703/gallery.mlb.postcards.camp.bluejays/content.1.html

    10 good jays pictures. Things to note:

    -One of our Cathchers can do a back flip? WTF?
    -Vernon wells REALLY REALLY loves to bat.
    -2 seconds later the Big Hurt actually lays the hurt on Zaun.

    Dan

    March 2, 2007 at 3:31 pm


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