Some dots, unconnected, to wrap up another week.
I don’t tend to do a lot on weekend mornings, loafing around easing into the day seems to be the order of the day these weeks but there is going to be a weird feeling to this week.
I understand the Premier League kicks off tomorrow (I’ve got Spurs finishing at least six points ahead of the dastardly Arsenals; what say you, Miss Armstrong?) and not being able to watch it on my TV will, frankly, leave a hole in the mornings.
The league is gone from both Sportsnet and TSN – and it took some very, very good broadcasters off the air when it went – and the only way to check in each week is the streaming service DAZN.
I have nothing against them, per se, and I know I’ll eventually subscribe because I’ll have to in order to watch the FIBA World Cup, but this move away from over-the-air events bothers me.
It’s the same for tonight’s Canada-Nigeria game in Winnipeg and the Pan Am Games in Lima and I’m sure there will be more sports that go eventually to all-streaming, all the time.
The cost isn’t the big thing, although I would love to find a way to pay my cable company less because the networks they carry are reducing services (Hahahahahahaha!!!!!) but I’m of the age where getting used to watching things on “devices” is a pain, I know that reception and production values aren’t always up to snuff (remember DAZN and it’s ill-fated NFL debut?) and I just don’t like change too much.
Plus, and I’ve said this before and will say it again, not being able to sit around on stools with a bunch of the fellas and gals watching whatever game is on because saloons can’t get the service to show them takes away some shared fan experience that I bet a lot of people miss and that I know some bars miss.
I will say this one more time, with emphasis.
Raccoons are vile, sneaky, despicable over-sized rodents with absolutely no redeeming qualities and if the world were entirely free of them, the world would be a better place.
I gotta admit, these Blue Jays kids are a blast to watch when they’re hitting, aren’t they?
This Bichette kid’s unreal, he doesn’t ever get cheated on a swing and I was around when Carlos Delgado broke in, watched Roy Hobbs Lawrie catch fire right off the bat, I recall watching JP Arencibia homer on what I recall was his first big league swing the set off a torrid start but, man, this kid is redefining “torrid start.” Of course it’s not sustainable and the team still does lose its fair share of games but there does seem to be a palpable air of enthusiasm among these youngsters and Bichette’s been the perfect tonic for the post-deadline blahs and the fact the team basically has zero pitching it can count on consistently.
He strikes me as pretty well grounded, clobbers the ball all over the park, tends to field well and I know about all the rage and hype over Vladdy Jr. and he can sure hit, too, but there strikes me that there’s just as much to be excited about with Bichette than there is with his somewhat more celebrated young teammate.
Now, if he could pitch …
Anyway, two other quick notes.
I don’t know Charlie Montoyo at all and I don’t think he’s really getting a fair shake given the roster he had to manage early and the injuries but he sure went up in my estimation when I read Rosie’s tome off last night’s game, in which the locals hit a couple of homers, scorer six runs, mashed the ball and still lost by six.
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Discussing Bichette’s record-setting debut – the unprecedented nine doubles in nine games – the skipper said this:
It’s amazing what he’s done. Not even Babe Ruth has done it. Or (Roberto) Clemente. Or Mike Trout.”
That Montoyo put Clemente in those sentences makes me like the guy a ton. Of all the conversations about the greats, the true greats, I’ve always thought Clemente got short shrift and maybe one kid reads that, gets on The Google and learns just how brilliant he was.
Oh, and this:
Love the kids and the joy they have playing the game but when the first guy has to go on the DL and miss two weeks because he caught a sunflower seed in the eye during some post-homer celebration, that is going to be Peak Blue Jay 2019.
Speaking of Saturdays, it’s generally when I start looking closely at the mail for Sunday morning so, sometime today, click on email@example.com and ask something, would you?
The men dodged a bullet with the Kelly Olynyk injury as we dutifully reported yesterday and while he won’t play tonight in Winnipeg – he wasn’t going to anyway because he’s got a longstanding obligation back home that he needs to take care of – he should be back for the last three friendlies in Australia in a couple of weeks.
And on a team that I think is woefully undersized to deal with either Australia or Lithuania, the need for experience and frontcourt shooting to stretch defences is acute. That’s Olynyk’s wheelhouse and he’s going to be a vital piece in those crucial first-round games in China.