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Joe Vs. Joe

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Tonight (Thursday) at 11pm on Spike TV, Joe Carter will be humiliating some poor amateur sucker by jacking clutch home runs to destroy his confidence and self-esteem, possibly leading to long-term, heavily repressed mental problems. God, how I wish that sucker was me.

Joe will also be in town next year on September 7th (Flashback Friday) for all your powder-blue wearing, glory-day revisiting needs. I’ve never seen this angle before, so once more with feeling…:

Update: Not one bomb from Jolting Joe! I guess that’s what happens when you have to swing at all kinds of garbage to match the frenetic pace of a game show. At least he didn’t lose badly to a Joe at his own sport like Marlon Anderson…

Written by halejon

February 6, 2008 at 10:39 am

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Ah, good times. However it makes we now realize that we’re coming up on 15 years of no playoff baseball in Toronto (and we haven’t really ever been close).

    The one thing I hate about Carter’s Home run is that it’s so fricking hard to actually see the ball leave the yard.

    Oh and Comicbookguy wants you to know it was Kenny, not Marlon. He’s also curious if Joe was actually here in the powder-blue era? He thinks they had gone to grey at that point.

    scamper

    February 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm

  2. Hey….that’s not fair…there was that time at the all-star break where everyone on the team was playing wildly over their head and the team was only 3 games back. That’s close- just ask the Kansas City Royals. *sob*

    That might actually be a good thing- it sorta tricks you into thinking it was a mammoth blast because it’s so high when really it JUST sneaks over the fence at the shortest part of the fence. It’s too bad this wasn’t the cell phone/video era or there would be 25,000 different angles you can piece it together but I’ve never even seen that other angle of his swing until now.

    Right…I knew I had that wrong. That’s why my basketball blog is incredibly unpopular.

    Yep, it was before his time. There’s no way. Hmmm….I wonder when the last year they were on the field was?

    halejon

    February 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm

  3. And how are things going on at The Blockingbird? I haven’t checked it out in awhile…

    I think I when they made the announcement they said it was after the ’89 season that they stopped using the powders. So, not that long before the best baseball trade of all time.

    scamper

    February 8, 2008 at 7:13 pm

  4. Awesome name. Just for the possibility of that sister site I’m going to go out and study baseketball for the next six…ZZZzzzzzzzz

    Me and Dan were talking about that trade the other day. Seminal, yes, but Mcgriff continued to be amazing and he had his own moments of postseason heroics as well with Atlanta. And dspite Joe Carter’s eternal place in my heart and subconscious, he was amazingly mediocre during his time with the Jays. Still an great trade because the Jays needed to play Olerud and Fernandez snuck out in the middle of the night and came back, but we did give up a (almost) Hall of Famer to get Alomar.

    halejon

    February 8, 2008 at 7:55 pm

  5. I didn’t mean it to come off like I thought it was a one-sided deal…both sides got excellent players, which is why it was so amazing. No salary dumps, no prospects…just 4 players at (or reaching, in Alomar’s case) their prime.

    I’d say Alomar has a better chance at the Hall than McGriff. And by “better chance” I mean he should definitely make it.

    scamper

    February 8, 2008 at 8:09 pm

  6. Yah, I guess you could call it the biggest blockbuster of all time. I just always have thought that (and I think a lot of fans do as well) that it was the biggest steal of all time and a main reason the Jays won the WS, but it was just a good fit, really.

    Alomar first-ballot? I think McGriff’ll be overlooked…classic case: just missed an arbitrary cutoff and nobody cares about OBP for some reason. Why couldn’t Tampa Bay have continued to throw him out there?! That was a classy move, btw. “We accept our team is a joke right now so who cares, let’s try to give a great what he deserves”…

    halejon

    February 8, 2008 at 8:29 pm

  7. Yeah, I think he should be first ballot…or maybe I’m just hoping that’s the case since I assume he’ll go in as a Blue Jay. He was the best player of his era at his position.

    He’s got better numbers than Ryne Sandberg across the board (save homers), plus he was the gold standard for defense. I could see some holier-than-thou writers holding off on voting for him right away because of the Hirshbeck incident, but otherwise he’s a lock.

    McGriff was a solid enough player, but when you were watching him, you probably weren’t thinking “Wow, this is one of the best first basemen ever.”

    As for Tampa…why didn’t they let him get to 500? He was 7 short, and it’s not like they were doing anything in 2004. Was Tino Martinez that much of an upgrade?

    scamper

    February 9, 2008 at 6:57 pm

  8. It’s true that he was more consistent than dominant…I just find it bizarre when it’s something totally arbitrary that would have made the difference. Actually it would have been interesting if he had crept over 500- might have been the first player to break that as a guaranteed entry.

    I think Tampa had a couple of other 1B at the time, and he wasn’t even hitting the mendoza line at that point (.181). It would have taken him 350 at bats to make it, and that might be a little much for a nice gesture/blatant manipulation of the BBWAA…

    halejon

    February 9, 2008 at 7:18 pm


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