Friday, May 22, 2009

Viva Las Vegas for the Pasty White Hope

We pretty much saw this coming a few weeks ago, but yesterday the Jays confirmed that they were sending Travis Snider to Triple-A Las Vegas to get his shit together.

This is likely for the best, given the fact that playing time had become increasingly sporadic for the phenom over the past few weeks. Getting three starts per week and hiding him away from lefthanders isn't any way to help Snider straighten himself out. Since his breakout series in Minnesota more than a month ago, Snider has posted a Johnny Mac-like .480 OPS, with two doubles and five RsBI. Here's hoping that with some regular plate appearances, he'll be back and better than ever.

(Side note: While no one wants to question the infinite wisdom of Cito Gaston, are we the only ones having flashbacks to the way that the skipper handled Carlos Delgado and Shawn Green in their early years?)

A final thought on the Boston series
Let's move on, shall we?

But before we move on, we'll take a moment to recall the fly ball that eluded the Blissfully Oblivious Gazelle in right field last night and bounced off the top of the towering four foot fence for a homer. And now we'll take a moment to smash our head against the corner of our desk.

There. All better. Moving on...

Tomahawk this
It's the Jays and the Braves this weekend, so dig out your 1992 upside-down Canada flag t-shirts and your Kelly Gruber Mullet Fluff Hair Spray and get ready to watch an old rivalry(?) rekindled. Roy Halladay starts tonight (not a moment too soon) versus the Braves' vaguely touted Japanese import Kenshin Kawakami.

We note that there's no local coverage (Hooray for junior hockey! Woooooo!). We will get to watch Turner's Peachtree TV broadcast tonight, which will hopefully scrub away the memory of three nights worth of Dennis Eckersley's brain farts being expelled over the air on the NESN feed.

22 comments:

Darren Priest said...

Seems like a good time to link to this.

To the warning track/to the wall/no sweat off Devo's balls...

Didn't Little Jon have a song like that?

Tao of Stieb said...

You mean Little John from Rocket Robin Hood?

DoubleA said...

I would have liked to have seen how Scotty Rich did against the BoSox. I would feel better knowing that his bad outing against the Yanks was just an off night, and not that he can't hack it against the better teams.

Voodoo Matt said...

The Atlanta series just won't be the same without Sid Bream and that scaffolding he had around his nee to keep everything together.

Scott Rolen should get a mullet wig and smear toxic waste on his batting helmet so we can feel nostalgic about this rivalry.

Dennis Eckersley's idiocy about cheese has made me lactose intolerant.

Come back soon Travis!

eyebleaf said...

Shawn Green and Carlos Delgado turned out alright, no?

As for the series, you live by the long ball, some nights you die by the long ball.

The offence pounded out 25 hits over the last two games; they just didn't get the big hit. A jack or two here, and a catch from Alex fucking Rios in yesterday's game, and we win one, for sure.

Lots of positives to take, especially Tallet's start and the fact the bullpen didn't give up a run in three games (and Uncle BJ pitched twice!).

I can't wait until the 29th. I'm definitely getting into a fight with some Masshole douchebag down at the Centre.

Tao of Stieb said...

Green and Delgado turned out okay, but they really started to thrive after Cito left. (And when Jose Canseco came to town, but that's not a line of thinking we'd like to pursue.)

As for the pitching: Ray didn't pitch terribly yesterday and Cecil's ass whuppin' seems like it might have been character building.

Still, you can't really take yourself seriously if you go into a three game series against a rival hoping and praying and talking about how they were lucky to miss Halladay.

Here's hoping an awesomely reconstructed Janssen and the April version of LL Cool Rick Romero are back soon.

Darren Priest said...

It's ridiculously early to score-board watching, but if you look at who the Red Sox are facing and who we have going tonight, odds seem decent we will get a game back.

Hopefully, Peachtree doesn't have a Dos Equis account. Great commercial, but after the 1000th viewing, ugh.

Stedron said...

Roy Halladay once had an awkward moment.....just to see how it felt.

He also lives vicariously through himself.

Tao of Stieb said...

EXACTLY re: the Dos Equis commercial.

That one isn't the best of the series, and seeing it in every single commercial break just about drove us to distraction.

By the end, I was yelling at the TV: Okay! Okay! I'll stay thirsty!

eyebleaf said...

Darren, bite your (tongue?) keyboard! That commercial is the greatest. Ever.

And Stedron, you are wise.

Darren Priest said...

Well, that commercial did cause me to google jai alai. I found this. Kinda funny.

Anonymous said...

I don't even drink beer but I really want to try Dos Equis. I like to pretend the tip of the bottle is Doc's penis and the cold beer is his hot sperm rushing down my throat.

Tao of Stieb said...

Wow. Gross.

Tao of Stieb said...

So that comment has probably finished off this thread, no?

There is nothing more to say really.

Probably time for the Rock Out.

eyebleaf said...

Good call.

Darren Priest said...

I was just doing some unsolicited Rock Out research. Here's my short list (which I expect you to disregard):

Georgia Satellites: Hands to Yourself
Charlie Daniels: Devil Went Down to Georgia
Gladys Knight: Midnight Train to Georgia
Outkast: ATliens
B-52s: Rock Lobster (they're from Athens)
The Band: The night they drove ol Dixie down.

Tao of Stieb said...

Funny, because we had Outkast on the brain today...but we already had something chosen.

Darren Priest said...

Now that I re-read it, most of that list is embarrassingly literal. I fear I've lost whatever touch I may have once had.

Nevertheless, I remain excited to see your choice. It's Friday, it's May, it's sunny and hot here. I'm ready to roque out with my coque out.

Gay Jays Fan said...

I am ready to suck said coque.

Alex said...

tsn2 replaces the commercials with their own crap, that's why we had it coming back in the middle of at bats, and so we'll be seeing more of shamwow guy and Senor Equis

Strings said...

viva vas legas

mathesond said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gPfQEnnuUk&eurl=http://www.adrants.com/2009/05/possibly-the-best-climate-change.php&feature=player_embedded

Any commercial that features douchebag pie is ok in my books...