Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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It's a double-sided, two-in-one, totally integrated, intertwined, interdimensional Game and Draft Thread. This should be...interesting?

(Although let's be honest: Our knowledge of the amateur baseball talent pool ranges somewhere between none and SFA. So we'll be making up our opinions on the fly. As per usual.)

The most fun part about this evening is that we get to watch the draft online and pretend for an evening that the MLB Network is available in Canada. It would be really nice if someone at Rogers (Tony? Rael? Guys?) could look into getting this on the air for us soon. But we'll settle for them telling Bud Selig to keep his filthy money and paying above slot for tonight's draft picks.

(For this year.)

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As for the game: The Summer of Tallet continues, against Doug Mathis, who has precisely one inning of Big League action this year. It's play ball time sometime around 8ish.

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Earlier today, we mentioned that we wished that we had a screengrab of Vernon Wells Sr.'s reaction to his sonny boy staring at strike three. Well, a fine and noble man amongst you went and found it for us:

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Tao of Stieb said...

Oh yeah, and Jesse Litsch? Tommy John.

We totally called it.

Tao of Stieb said...

RTing ourselves here, but:

Wouldn't the MLB Draft be better with Peter Gammons announcing the picks? (Or anyone other than Selig?)

josh9 said...

I love his reaction after Mike Minor was picked and the crowd was cheering. Priceless

Ian H. said...

Papa Wells reaction is priceless.

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You'd also think that for all of the money that Selig makes, that he could buy himself a suit that fits.

Five more picks until the Jays.

Tao of Stieb said...

Vernon isn't so much a son as he is a clone of his old man.

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Is he sitting next to Xavier Mcdaniel's dad?

Tao of Stieb said...

Whoever goes in the next few minutes, we're going to spend way too much time talking about him and waiting on him over the next few years.

Shawon Dunston in '82? Holy crap, he's old.

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Chad Jenkins, small college pitcher.

Ugly as sin.

Older than Travis Snider.

http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/draft/y2009/reports.jsp?content=cjenkins

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Jenkins had been attached to the Nats at 10, so I'm not sure if it's a windfall that he fell to us, or if it would have been a huge overdraft for them.

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Well, might as well watch some baseball while we wait for these picks to arrive.

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I see AJ Burnett is good for whatever is ailing Big Papi.

Tao of Stieb said...

Even when he grounds out, he still rocks it.

Adam Lind Can't Lose.

Tao of Stieb said...

Ooof. Elvis is not having a good night.

Good for us, though.

Tao of Stieb said...

Would have been nice to see the Jays score a run with the bases loaded...at least they are locked in on this tomato can pitching for the Rangers.

Three picks away from the Jays' second pick of the night.

I'm just going to assume that everyone is watching hockey tonight, which is why I'm here, talking to myself. Which isn't as sad as it sounds. REally!

Tao of Stieb said...

Jays pick James Paxton...A Boras client.

Fucking A. Because we need a little more drama around here.

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The Ack approves the Paxton pick.

And this sweet 4-0 lead right now.

Tao of Stieb said...

It's probably a little optimistic that Paxton (with Boras) will be a good Canadian kid and take a reasonable deal from the Jays.

Still, it couldn't hurt. Could it?

What's nice about this is that it will hopefully at some point shut up some of the mouthbreathers who complain about the Jays not drafting Canadians.

Like the look of both early picks. Next one comes at 68, then 99.

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I was cursing Ricciardi and Beeston after the Jenkins pick, but only because the dreaded "signability" tag was attached to him, and the Jays brass were making noise about ignoring slot. I guess if they want Paxton in the fold, they'll have to bust it.

The Ack said...

....and Lind goes yard AGAIN.

....accompanied by one of the worst home run calls I've ever heard. Come on, Campbell.

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I couldn't find my trusty Sony AM/FM radio when the game began...you wouldn't believe how FRANTIC I got at the prospect of listening to Jamie Campbell all game.

Tore the house apart, but I found it. Thankfully, I heard Jerry Howarth's call. (Which seemed uncertain right until the end.)

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Summer! Of! Tallet!

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Tao, you haven't been getting nearly enough credit for the Summer of Tallet, backing him way before anyone else. No longer!


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Tallet is probably the one player on the Jays I would blow.

Gay Jays Fan said...

err, I wouldn't blow.

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Summer of Tallet > Summer of George

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