Originally from the great Canadian province of Ontario, my family and I now reside in Spokane, Washington — quite a ways from Toronto. Therefore, our closest opportunity to see our Blue Jays play is Safeco Field in Seattle — about a four-hour drive from our home. But, unfortunately, neither I nor any of my family members will be able to make it this year.
Our seventeen-year-old daughter — "G1" as she's affectionately known on the @BlueJaysDad Twitter — is graduating from high school this weekend! We are so proud of her — especially since she's had to navigate the challenges of dyslexia, Type 1 Diabetes (diagnosed at age 12), and moving away from her childhood friends and family to a new country just after completing her first year of high school (her freshman year) in Canada. We can't wait to see her walk the stage as she has completed one phase of her life and is transitioning into a new one. Bo Jackson may know baseball and football, but G1 knows CHANGE — and how to engage it with confidence and poise. Once again, WE ARE SO PROUD OF HER!
Honestly, we tried to come up with a way we could "zip over" to the coast to catch at least one game as a part of her graduation celebration but without a private jet it'd be too (TU?) much to (TU?) pull off. And that's TOTALLY fine. We've shared our days enjoying games in the past. And I'm sure we'll enjoy more in the future. But this weekend is reserved for her. Her accomplishments. Her future. And our love for our firstborn child with whom we are so pleased with — the young woman she has become — and is becoming.
(C5 — our 11-year-old son is extremely disappointed we don't get to go but... LIFE LESSONS!)
To the Blue Jays Fans Invading Safeco Field This Weekend:
Say, "Hello Seattle" for me — in the best auto-tuned Owl City voice you can muster.
And to all my dear @BlueJaysDad fans: The 2018 return to Safeco Field shall be legendary.
EE is back. Don't boo. But let's cheer real loud when we defeat him and his new team. Just like Jose Bautista who — after making some public comments about the Blue Jays organization always looking back, celebrating the past, rather than focusing on the present — crushed a home run off of Roy Halladay — the day after Doc was honoured on the field by the appreciative crowd at the Rogers Centre.
Take a lookie:
Back in Spring Training, it looked iffy whether Devon Travis would be ready for Opening Day. I remember thinking to myself, "This could be Ryan Goins last chance to prove he can hit decently enough to stay with the Toronto Blue Jays."
But then Devon got healthy.
Therefore a move needed to be made between parting ways with Ryan Goins or Melvin Upton Jr.
Writers, bloggers and tweeters were surprised to see the front office elect to let Upton walk —contrary to what advanced metrics and many other metrics would say -- paving the way for Goins to capture the 25th spot on the Opening Day roster.
Then Josh Donaldson got hurt. More playing time for Goins.
Then Tulo. Full-time playing time was finally Ryan's.
This is Ryan Goins' time to shine — or at least prove he can hit Major League pitching decent enough to go along with his Gold Golce caliber (thank you, Buck!) defense.
Defensively, Ryan has been extremely valuable utility player. And we've all been rooting for his offensive abilities to improve and remain consistent. But once regulars return, roster decisions will need to be made. He needs to put it together now.
Goins had a terrific game in Yankee stadium earlier this week — a two-run home run to right field , a two RBI 408 foot sacrifice fly to straight away cent(e)r(e), as well as a laser beam lineout to left field. If Ryan can somehow harness the ability to barrel up the ball to all fields, his value dramatically increases — and so do his chances at remaining a Blue Jay..
If not, 2017 might be the season we say Goins, Goins, Gone! for the last time.
You go, Go-Go!
If you're like me, you're checking Twitter repeatedly for any news, rumors or hot takes about possible trades involving the Blue Jays in the final hours leading up
to the 4pm EDT non-waiver trade deadline.
If you're like me, you also have an Official Blue Jays calendar that needs to be "flipped" from a successful July record of 16-8 to.... David Price???
If you're like me — while you appreciate David Price's contribution to the 2015 team — you don't want to be staring at a Boston Red Sox starting pitcher during a pennant race.
And if you're like me, I have an idea for you.
Remember Price's original press conference which centred mostly around his fondness for Rogers Centre popcorn? He also mentioned a Photoshopped picture of him in a Blue Jays uniform the organization was using to announce his arrival. While the face was his, Price said the body in the picture didn't HAPPen to be his. He said his arms weren't that big. Whose slim, left handed throwing body did it HAPPen to be?
So I figure it's time for calendar flipping Blue Jays fans to make another appropriate alteration: find a picture of JA Happ's head, cut it out and glue it on to David Price's face.
HAPPy Trade Deadline Day! And HAPPy cutting and pasting your way to a HAPPy August.
Blue Jays Dad