Are boos the new cheers?

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Been gone for a good time, not a long time. But now I’m back. Feeling a bit rusty, so bear with me (or not) as I expell things in point form…

• Was out of town last weekend and not paying attention. You know what’s a pretty shocking way to start paying attention again? Seeing Rusty Adams step into the batter’s box. That was (I think) Sunday, and it was literally the first Jays-related thing I saw in a few days. I had a little trouble believing what was happening.

Good for Rusty to get another chance, but too bad Voodoo Joe Inglett had to get sent down. Sure, he was producing very well, but what can you expect from a guy who’d only had limited AAA-experience so far this year and then was called up to the Bigs as soon as he came off the DL? People usually go down after a stint on the DL, not the other way around.

• Vernon (Boo) Wells appears to be fixed and that’s great news. Honeslty though, I don’t know if I’m happier that he’s hitting again or that he know has the best nickname on the team.

• The second half of the Tao’s post on Boo Wells asks an interesting question: Who’s your favourite rookie pitcher on the Jays? I like them all, but anybody who’s followed this blog knows that unequivocally, my favourite is Captain Canada, Scott (Kool-aid) Richmond.

Dude just continues to impress no matter how often he gets demoted to the bullpen and people seemingly give up on him. He’s got great stuff and great character. I hope he’s in the rotation for good now.

• There are no words left to describe Scott Rolen’s greatness. If you’ve seen any of the stellar defensive plays he’s rolled off lately, you know what I’m talking about.

• Speaking of Rolen, it’s interesting that both he and Rod Barajas seemed to feed off the incredibly negative treatment from the fans in Philly. Take that, combine it with Wells’ new nickname and we seem to have a bit of a theme going with this team. Are boos the new cheers?

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Roster moves!

Joe's back, and he didn't even need a Voodoo Whammy!

Joe's back, and he didn't even need a Voodoo Whammy!

Travis (Amazing Sniderman) Snider, Brett Cecil and Bobby Ray have all been sent down to Vegas.

Rickey Romero, Casey Janssen and Voodoo Joe Inglett are all on their way back to Toronto.

Janssen’s going to be starting tomorrow against Atlanta, and Romero’s getting the nod Tuesday in Baltimore.

Voodoo Joe is exactly the type of player that Cito doesn’t seem to like using and that’s too bad, because Inglett’s got the scrap that will keep the dummies happy. (And yeah, I enjoy that kind of play too.)

T. Snides going down isn’t all that surprising. He’s been struggling lately and his playing time has gone down accordingly. Lunch Box should mash completely in the PCL. Before you know it, the Great Pasty White Hope will likely be back in Toronto and better than ever.

As fro Cecil and Ray, they performed generally awesome while with the big boys, but they had to know coming up that they weren’t destined to be here for long. Hopefully they don’t take their respective starts against Boston to heart.

Let me just put a stamp on this

Started living life again during the long weekend and forgot to post something here, so here’s a shitty roundup sort of thing for your enjoyment!

The Drunks try to end The Summer of Tallet

In this great post, Stoeten of the Drunks puts together an interesting argument as to why Brian Tallet, despite rocking in the starting role, may be headed back to the bullpen before long. (Spoiler: It’s because Jesse Carlsson ain’t been so hot lately.) I love what Tallet’s been doing in the rotation so far, but if moving him to the ‘pen is best for the team, then I’m all for it.

The real question is, what will The Tao and his Moustache Riders think of this theory?

Don’t doubt the Arnsberg

Before the series against the White Sox, it seemed to be a popular kind of thing to say “Robert Ray is going to be demoted” and also to say “Scott Richmond has been figured out and should be sent to the bullpen/Las Vegas.”

If you said those things, you’d be wrong on both counts (and not just because Rob Ray wants to go by Bobby now).

Basically all you have to do is look at their starts against the Pale Hose to know that Captain Canada (7 IP, 7 K, 5 hits, 1 BB 0 ER) and Robert Rob Bobby Ray (8 IP, 3 K, 3 hits, 1 BB, 0 ER) are going to be around for a while yet.

Rolen being Rolen


Hello Kevin Millar!

A man named Andrew made it through to Jays Talk the other night. You can hear him at the 37:40 mark. Definitely worth a listen. If you don’t know why, read this post by the Drunks, specifically the No. 1 item.

Closing thoughts

We just passed the quarter mark of the season, the Jays are in first (regardless of what happens in Boston) and things are great. So good in fact, that Voodoo Joe hasn’t enacted any whammies yet. Thanks, Joe! This won’t be forgotten!