Monday, September 27, 2010

You meet the nicest people on the internet

We won't bore you too much by talking about yesterday's Jays Nerds FanFest Non-Kegger Nachosplotation Graphics Interchange Format ShenanigansPalooza 2010. (Full rundowns have been posted over at Blue Jay Hunter and Sports and the City, which contains claims that we can neither confirm nor deny.)

But suffice to say that there is a lesson to be learned from such a meeting of the minds (aside from the need for sunscreen in September...Yowza!): The people who are clever, fun and engaging on the internet are doubly so in person.

(Except for Jordan Bastian. Who is a creep. Or so we've heard.)

Things noticed in passing as we yakked our way through the game
As has been noted elsewhere, yesterday's nail biter between the OriLOLes and our heroes kinda faded into the background as we kvetched and horsed around in section 211. But there were a few things that registered. Such as:

Leading off: Travis Snider is taking this leadoff thing way too literally. He's out there running the bases like he's Vince Coleman, getting his feet on the turf, stealing bags and getting tossed out like a goof on a fly ball to centrefield. For shame. We love us the Rosy Cheeked Phenom, but we hope that someone finds a nice place in the middle of the lineup for him so that he can slow it all down and focus on hitting jacks.

Hating your AL East rivals is fun! Buck Showalter would like to send a message to the Jays. And it is this: We're gonna throw shit at your guys, because we are a shitty team with nothing to play for but moral victories. "Guard yo' grill son! Here comes a reliever to plunk your best offensive player for the second time! On our last meeting of the year! Yoinks!"

Maybe hating the O's is like hating a two-legged puppy, but we want to see Baltimore suffer for the foreseeable future. And we hope Matt Wieters turns into the bust of the decade, and that all of their young pitching has unplanned meetings with Drs. Andrews and Jobe.

15 comments:

sarah said...

Excellent picture choice, but are you sure you don't want to use a .gif? Why don't you have a seat over there.

GSJays said...

Interesting what you say about Bastian.."Who is a creep. Or so we've heard."...It does explain a bunch of his actions-like trying to jinx the Jays pitcher every time he's throwing a no-no..Funny at the start of the season he posted some really good stuff on his blog and virtually nothing ever since...Maybe he just doesn't want to be here any more.

Tao of Stieb said...

Actually, I don't really think that Bastian is a creep. I was being funny, or so I thought.

Just so that is clear, Bastian is NOT a creep from what I've heard.

He's just slow.

The Ack said...

The Ack, on the other hand....total creep.

Ian - BJH said...

Tao, good to hear I'm not the only one who got sunburned yesterday.

I mean seriously, who gets a sunburn in September? This guy.

Tao of Stieb said...

Ack: You were certainly there in spirit yesterday. Everyone asked about you, and spoke of how nice it would have been to have you there.

And I told them that you liked to drown kittens, because I prefer when people are fawning over me.

SP said...

Why does Snider lead off at all? Escobar is an experienced lead-off hitter.

Big Bill said...

Psssst! I heard that Bastian personally RUINED every single one of the Jays' no-no's this year with negative mojo and other tomfoolery.

Pass it on. Cause it's the truth.

Anonymous said...

Should the Jays kick tires on Prince in the offseason? http://tiny.cc/4638o180hg

Navin Vaswani (@eyebleaf) said...

I was done being an asshole to the Orioles. Until yesterday. It's on. Good times, man. Pleasure to finally meet the legend that is the Tao of Stieb. Gotta do it again next season.

Drew said...

The best part of Sunday was me big-leaguing the Tao, pretending I didn't know him because I completely didn't recognize him.

/dealwithit!

Tao of Stieb said...

Argh! It's like a trident straight into my heart. It still stings.

I was promised fawning if I came to the game, but unfortunately, all the fawning was directed towards Drew.

This is what happens when you drop the veil a mystery just a little bit.

Parker said...

If this gathering is going to happen again next season I would love to get in on it. I'd just need a little advance warning to put the trip together.

Drew GROF said...

In fairness, the Tao's "DANCE DINGER MONKEY" comment was my favorite of the day

Tao of Stieb said...

I've got a feeling the "Dinger Monkey" meme has only just begun.

Because when people are wondering why José Bautista isn't hitting a homer in every at bat next year...