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How Derek Jeter Restored Our Faith In Baseball - And Showed Us How To Live

John Stackhouse | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada
John Stackhouse

In an age when superstars think they're bigger than the team, and the ownership, Jeter knew otherwise. Even a 14-time all-star was still an employee, and George Steinbrenner, until he passed away in 2010, was the boss. Jeter revered the boss, but also managed to connect him with the crowd. One of their better moments together was a VISA commercial, in which they're filmed in a conga line at a Manhattan night club.

Drake Is Cheating on Toronto With Houston

Giselle Phelps | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Music
Giselle Phelps

Fans of Drake's music will know he often raps about Houston too, and has a huge affinity for the city. He's reportedly recorded a lot of his music there. But this past weekend, his loyalties really seemed to blur a bit. Drake was rocking a Houston Astros MLB jersey at a game. Shouldn't he be doing that with the Toronto Blue Jays?

Hold Out a Little Hope For the Toronto Blue Jays

Andy Juniper | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Over the course of a long baseball season, unforeseeable and unimaginable things happen on a regular basis and what purported experts deem to be inevitable isn't always inevitable. So-called 'sure things' stumble with surprising regularity and even those universally considered to be without hope can rightfully harbour hope.

The Week In Review: A-Rod Should Be Free To Dope If He Wants To

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 08.08.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

Are performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) an unnatural advantage? Sure. But so are many of the extreme training methods and nutritional regimens that are all now a regular part of almost all professional sports, including baseball. If PEDs were permitted, MLB could at least take the significant money it would save on expensive detection schemes, investigations, and mediation (players' unions don't tend to take kindly to 100-game suspensions) and use it instead to educate players about the health dangers of PEDs and the doses at which they are safest.

The Bubblegum World Of Major League Baseball

Andy Juniper | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

At some point during Major League Baseball's Opening Week -- in the fog of having watched more games than I can clearly recall, or care to admit -- I became wildly jealous of the denizens of the diamond's dugouts, and not solely because they're placed on a pedestal, pampered and obscenely overpaid.

OK, Blue Jays, Let's (Finally) Play Ball

Andy Juniper | Posted 06.02.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

It's Opening Day in Toronto. All of which is to say that as of around 7 p.m., when 125-million-dollars-worth of terrific talent takes the field for the home side at the Rogers Centre, and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey lets fly (or lets float) that first pitch -- we will be finally able to utter those three beautiful words: Baseball Is Back.

New York Yankees 2013: The Unspeakable Tragedy

Andy Juniper | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Sports
Andy Juniper

With Major League Baseball's Opening Day only six sleeps away, the polls are in, predictions have been posted, the sport's sages and seers have spoken -- and you know these guys are never wrong -- and apparently the New York Yankees are, in the words of Ed Grimley, "as doomed as doomed can be."

Paying A Queen's Ransom For Hallowed Hosiery

Andy Juniper | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

At a live auction in New York City on Saturday night, the bloodied sock worn by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling in Game Two of the 2004 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals was sold for (wait for it) $92,613. For a sock. Soaked in old sweat. Soiled with blood.

The MLB Is the Biggest Cheater in Baseball

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 03.11.2013 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Let's stop pretending that we're so offended by our All-Stars cheating over an entire career and over an entire life. Steroids are to sports what sex is to the White House. The MLB is the biggest cheater in baseball. They're just better at hiding the syringes.

Blue Jays Trade: For a Minute, Toronto Was Happy

Andy Juniper | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada
Andy Juniper

The Toronto Blue Jays pulled off a historic 12-player deal with the Florida Marlins. As last evening wore on, the hype and hoopla on Sports Talk Radio in The Big Smoke was ratcheted. Ah, but Toronto being Toronto, all that giddiness, all that love, all that manic mirth was short-lived. By the time I turned on Sports Talk Radio this morning at 6 a.m., confidence in the trade had turned to caution.

Baseball’s Most Eyebrow-Raising Contracts

Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada

It ain’t easy keeping up with the New York Yankees and their payroll that exceeds $195 million (U.S.) a year. Of course, many try, which is why base...

The Most Exciting Part About the World Series? Kate Upton

Andy Juniper | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada
Andy Juniper

Not to suggest that the world revolves around Kate Upton, but given all the hoopla and hype afforded in recent days to the star-spangled awesome actress and supermodel, an observer could easily conclude that the World Series most surely revolves around her. But as one writer put it: "an entire city breathlessly awaits an answer to what fans really want to know. Is [Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander] really dating supermodel Kate Upton?"

Why Everyone Loves the Oakland A's

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Somewhere, somehow -- in some corner of the baseball universe or the baseball-watching universe -- there is somebody who does not understand why everyone loves the Oakland Athletics. Moneyball is not the reason. It's not their salary or their ongoing rivalry with the concept of capitalism. That's too easy.

The 8 Greatest Canadian Baseball Players

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 10.03.2012 | Canada

We may only have one Major League Baseball team, but Canada is no stranger to the good old game of baseball. Our historical ties to baseball date back...

Blink and You'd Have Missed Escobar's Suspension

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

Yunel Escobar has served his three-game suspension for writing a gay slur on his eye black last Saturday, and will return to the Toronto Blue Jays lineup tonight. Wait, didn't that happen, like, yesterday? We've barely had time to breathe, and now Escobar is returning?

Baseball Is a Job, So Fire Escobar

Ryan Doyle | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada
Ryan Doyle

Imagine walking into your workplace tomorrow morning, grabbing a marker from the supply closet, walking into the boardroom and writing the words "You are a Faggot" on the company white board. How do you think the boss would react? The Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escoba wrote those words in his black eye and received a three-game suspension. Three games? For offending every homosexual watching at home? For telling every athlete out there that even in 2012 you shouldn't feel comfortable coming out of the closet? The Jays should be ashamed of themselves.

An (Unproven) Lack of Integrity Doesn't Affect Batting Averages

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Withholding the honour to Barry Bonds is petty beyond belief -- except that it's happening. The Hall of Fame guys are so damned sanctimonious and dogmatic that it curdles belief. Criteria for entry into the Hall should only be a player's record in the game, none of this drivel about "integrity" that the MLB is judging without proof.

Blue Jays Are Too Comfortable With 50/50

Peter Worthington | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada Living
Peter Worthington

This is a good team with considerable potential that is not being tapped. The management is arguably the best in baseball, the players excel at every position, and they are exciting to watch -- but frustrating. What's puzzling to us fans is when the Jays are three or four games above .500 they go into a dive and lose three or four. Their comfort zone is .500. Maybe they'll come alive July. If not, another .500 season beckons -- if they're lucky.

Hitting a Homerun Lunch with Drunk Jays Fan

Mary Warner | Posted 04.12.2012 | Canada
Mary Warner

This week, I sat down for lunch with Drunk Jays Fan Andrew Stoeten at X on Front Street. We spoke about everything baseball, from sabermetrics to Alex Anthopoulos, to exactly what a baseball blog and podcast can talk about during the off-season!

Leave Baseball's Playoffs Alone

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 11.30.2011 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

And, so, after the greatest night of regular season baseball in this 24-year-old man's history, the $41 million Tampa Bay Rays are in the post-season ...