So it definitely seems like something worth mentioning … a mere eight years after the fact, don’t you think? For this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look at the Toronto Blue Jays 2004 spring photo shoot in Flare Magazine.
The Blue Jays rounded up Reed Johnson, Chris Woodward, Miguel Batista, Orlando Hudson and Vernon Wells for this photo shoot. I don’t know the exact release date of the Blue Jays issue, but one can only assume it happened during March of 2004 during Spring Training.
”You see that Chris Gomez guy? He’s totally going to steal my job at shortstop.”
Miguel Batista practices “smizing” at opposing hitters.
And to think .. the other split-squad game had Joe West as their umpire.
"If I can run in these heels, then you can at least hit 30 home runs this season."
The Toronto Blue Jays made history by turning their fourth triple play in franchise history last night against the Kansas City Royals. It’s the first in 33 years, not since September 21st 1979.
Here are the dates of all the previous triple plays in Blue Jays history:
1.) April 22nd 1978 vs. Chicago White Sox
2.) September 7th 1979 vs. Cleveland Indians
3.) September 21st 1979 vs. New York Yankees
4.) April 20th 2012 vs. Kansas City Royals
Perhaps the most impressive thing about this list is not only did the Blue Jays turn three triple plays in two seasons, but the fact they turned two triple plays in the span of 15 days during the 1979 season.
Though, if you ask most Blue Jays fans, they’ll say the list should really be FIVE triple plays.
One of these days, I kind of wish that kids 14 and older had a chance to run the bases during Jr. Jays Saturdays.
It’s cool that little kids get the chance to run around the bases just like the real baseball players, but I think people such as myself from the previous generation are a little jealous we didn’t get the same opportunity.
As you’re reading this on Tumblr, I’m sure you’re very aware that Animated GIF’s make up a huge portion of posts on Tumblr.
While the inner rebellion in me wants to lash out against MLB and MLB Advanced Media, I can see see it from both sides. MLB wants to protect its content at all costs and drive people to THEIR website and collect all the hits.
On that same token, Animated GIF’s are a short and fun way to enjoy quirky, funny and interesting moments during a game that otherwise might not be seen on the highlight reel.
Up until not very long ago, MLB videos weren’t even embeddable in blog posts, which made baseball highlights even more inaccessible. That’s probably why people stared making the GIF’s in the first place.
In the end, it’s all promoting Major League Baseball anyway … but I guess it’s the principle of “stealing” content which they are taking issue with. Even though it’s not coming from a malicious place, Animated GIF’s are in that grey area when it comes to content.
I think if MLB made its content much more accessible and user-friendly, this wouldn’t have happened in the first place. The NBA and NHL were very quick to adopt the formula and have done a great job of streamlining online content so that it gets out to as many fans as possible.
It seems like something stupid to get worked up about, but people really do love their Animated GIF’s … especially their baseball GIF’s.
If they do in fact decide to ban Animated GIF’s, I guess that’s just a decision we’ll have to live with. But I believe MLB is doing more harm than good by clamping down on Animated GIF’s.
Just in time for the Blue Jays Home Opener … it’s the Rogers Centre Beer Locator! It gives you the location of each and every beer stand in the stadium. Check out the full post with locations over at Blue Jay Hunter.
Oh, you East Coasters, I bet you’re relishing your living situation now, huh? Sure, you put up with the disgusting winter, but then you get sixteen full innings of baseball before I even got home for the night. Live it up, live it up.
But in case you missed the Blue Jays 7-4 victory in 14…