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Blue Jays, Bautista and Bat Flips

Your Toronto Blue Jays have won their first playoff series since 1993. And like that last series win, this one was punctuated by a memorable home run. Although this one by Jose Bautista is not the same (Joe Carter’s won a World Series) it has quickly become the most talked about home run. Why? Well, for one thing, media. If you’re reading this chances are you’ve seen hundreds of images, gifs and videos of the home run. And Bautista’s epic bat flip.

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Blue Jays: Circa 1985

This is one of my earliest Blue Jays memories. 1985 was an amazing season. In 1983 the Blue Jays traded for Doyle Alexander. In 1985, Doyle pitched a complete game against the New York Yankees to win their first American League East Championship. My favourite player, George Bell caught the final out for the win!

In 1986, the Jays traded Doyle to the Atlanta Braves for future star Duane Ward who helped the Jays win their back-to-back World Series in 1992 and 1993.

Toronto Blue Jays nicknames

My son and I like to celebrate each of the Toronto Blue Jays’ home runs. We do so by calling out their home run nicknames. For example, “Bautista Bomb!”

Here’s our list (so far):

  • Josh Donaldson – Making It Rain
  • Jose Bautista – Bautista Bomb
  • Edwin Encarnacion – Taking The Parrot For A Walk
  • Troy Tulowitski – TnT
  • Justin Smoak – Smoak Smoked It!
  • Chris Colabello – Canonball
  • Ezequiel Carrera – Easy
  • Ryan Goins – Goins, Goins, Gone!

Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson


#PitchTalks turn One – Episode #13

I don’t know if PitchTalks creator, Kevin Kennedy, know this or not but this monthly event has quickly become the must attend event for sports fans (not just baseball) across the Greater Toronto Area. For me, it’s the highlight of my month.

Alexis Brudnicki and Scott Crawford

Scott Crawford is the Director of Operations for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Mary’s, Ontario. Alexis Brudnicki is the lead writer for the Canadian Baseball Network and former statistician for the Toronto Blue Jays.

Alexis Brudnicki, Ashley Stephenson and Autumn Mills

Ashley Stephenson (a full-time teacher) has been a member of the Canadian women’s baseball team since 2004 and has already participated in five world championships. Autumn Mills (a full-time policewoman) has been with the team since 2005, primarily as a pitcher.

Why I do what I do.

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I love Toronto.  And not just the Blue Jays baseball team or the CN Tower.  I mean what makes Toronto, well, Toronto.

Her people.  Especially those people who are making things happen.  Whether it be community activists like the folks at the Toronto Green Community or the start-up/tech space that I have been involved in for the past couple of years.

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to chat with Canadian entrepreneur, angel investor and venture capitalist Boris Wertz.  He appeared as my guest on The XConnect Show.  It was our 19th episode and the first time we had a live audience.

The reason we invited a select audience was because our team knew that many people in the start-up space would love the opportunity to listen and learn from Boris.  So we had about 10 guests sit in on the session.

Before our taping I introduced Boris to every member of the studio audience.  And that made me feel happy and proud.  Happy that I could do it and proud that I had the chance to do it.

What made me more happier was receiving an email from one friend a few minutes ago who apologized for leaving without talking to me so he could share with Boris a cab ride across the city.

No need to apologize.

It’s why I do what I do.