Today at THT

Things to read while recovering from a night of watching people go to parties on CNN:

  • I’ve heard an awful lot from Blue Jays’ fans about how unfair it is that they have to be in the same division as Boston and New York. Just yesterday I even had a commenter complain about this in the salary cap post thread. I wanted to feel sorry for them, but then I remembered: Toronto is a gigantic city. Bigger than Boston, brother, and when you realize that they’re the only game in the whole of Canada, they’re hooked up with a big cable company, and own their own stadium and all the revenue streams pursuant thereto, it’s hard to accept the crying poor of so many Blue Jays fans. They could be just as big a wheel as the Red Sox and maybe even the Yankees if they wanted to, but they don’t, and even though this out of the control of Jays’ fans, I fail to see why this makes things unfair for them.

    Why don’t they want to be a big wheel? John Brattain tells us today that its because they’re run by Selig loyalists.

  • Brian Borawski has the business of baseball roundup. Particularly interesting is a story about minor league attendance and Fenway Park’s mini-me.
  • Tuck! should get a bodyguard after daring to draw something critical about The Greatest Fans in Baseball ™.
  • Finally, over at Fantasy Focus, Derek Carty helps us figure out how to choose a closer. Whether this is better than my “pick the guy with the bushiest mustache” system won’t be clear until after the season.

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    TUCK!
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    TUCK!

    Just the ones on talk radio and/or the ‘Net.. wink

    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra

    C’mon, Tuck! Take a stand! Pick a fight!  I can think of nothing more entertaining than going head on against every Cardinals fan.

    Well, someone else doing it, anyway.  I’m not touching that with a ten foot pole.

    Wooden_U_Lykteneau
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    Wooden_U_Lykteneau

    Brattain’s diatribe is awfully familiar to folks in DC, who are convinced that the only reason that the Nationals are in last place is because the Lerners are cheap, not because MLB gutted the Expos farm system. It’s also very similar to what my children do when I say they can’t go to the toy store.

    TUCK!
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    TUCK!

    I think picking a fight just with what Mo called the “louder minority” is plenty, thankyouverymuch…!

    Pete Toms
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    Pete Toms
    Yes, Toronto is a huge market, but that doesn’t mean it’s a huge baseball market.  It’s Canada, baseball is an afterthought, unless you’re winning back to back WS and then…nothin draws a crowd, like a crowd. Yes, the Jays own their stadium.  But it’s crap and is their biggest liability.  It opened in 89 and we Ontario residents got screwed to the tune of $600 million.  In 04, the Jays bought it for $25 million!  The real estate, were it vacant, might be worth more than that, it’s smack downtown on the waterfront.  The ACC is there, theatre, shopping, convention… Read more »
    Ron
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    Ron

    If those wussies would just throw complete games, we wouldn’t have to worry about closers.

    Closers? We doan’ need no stinkin’ closers!!!

    Craig Calcaterra
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    Craig Calcaterra

    GM-Carson:  I deleted your post because I do not accept spam—even well-intentioned, non-commercial spam—in comments, and I prefer that links to other blog posts be at least vaguely on topic.

    I have my email address posted in the upper left corner. If you (or anyone else) would like to send me links to read or consider, that is the best way to contact me.

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