Win It For

Win it for Roy Halladay, the greatest starting pitcher in Blue Jays history. He won 148 games, a Cy Young Award and was all class during a dozen seasons in Toronto. To pitch in the postseason, he had to leave for Philadelphia.

Win it for Carlos Delgado, the all-time leader for home runs, doubles, runs scored, walks and RBIs as a Toronto Blue Jay. He wasn't just deadly at the plate, he was also drenched in integrity. 12 seasons as a Jay, zero at-bats in the playoffs.

Win it for Vernon Wells, another 12-year Blue Jay who deserved a far better fate. Classy guy who just hit and hit but never got a sniff of the postseason.

Win it for Edwin Encarnacion, a man who speaks softly but carries a big stick. 1353 games without a postseason at-bat is finally coming to a deserved end.

Most of all, win it for Jose Bautista. This one's for him. Joey Bats had little success in Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Kansas City or Pittsburgh before coming to Toronto and reinventing himself as the greatest slugger this franchise has ever seen. In darker days, we had Bautista and his bombs, 54 in 2010 and 43 during an unbelievable 2011. Today, he plays his 1404th career game, his very first in the postseason. Win it for him.

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 137: Kelly Cutrara

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 137In this 137th episode, Mike chats with radio host Kelly Cutrara about her years at 102.1 the Edge, Mix 99.9, CFRB, CBC Radio 2, Fresh FM and what she's up to now. This episode is exactly 1:14:41.

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The Maple Leafs Forever...

Typically, I'm all over the Leafs in the preseason. This year, it's a different story.

This year, I've been so consumed by the Blue Jays I haven't had the time or desire to watch the Leafs. I saw ten minutes of a preseason game against the Red Wings, was reminded of how awful we'll be, and decided to watch an episode of Shameless with my wife instead.

Tonight, however, I'll be watching my Leafs. It's opening night vs. the Habs and the Jays don't start up again until tomorrow. Here's another brilliant montage by Tim Thompson set to the sweet sounds of Lowest of the Low lead singer Ron Hawkins. If this doesn't get you in the mood, nothing will.

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What's the Big Deal With Wearing a Niqab?

This election has gone on far too long. Shame on Harper. It's so long, a usually informed and engaged chap like me has yet to truly plug-in.

I was at a wedding Saturday and chatted with a buddy who noticed I haven't written about our federal election. The fact is, I did write one entry, but that's it. I just haven't dove in yet.

But I do read the news, listen to the news, and follow the zeitgeist via Twitter, and there's an awful lot of noise about women wearing a niqab during citizenship ceremonies. People seemed outraged that this could one day be permitted. In fact, actual issues of importance have been drowned out by this debate. It's sad.

What am I missing here? Is this plain and simple Islamophobia? Why does it matter if a woman wears a niqab during a citizenship ceremony?

I'm not a fan of any religion. I think it's a big honkin' slice of bullshit designed to oppress and suppress, and I believe we'd all be far better off without any of it, but I respect one's right to follow a religion, even Islam.

I think some people confuse issues, and think women will not be identifying themselves before reciting the oath. The fact is, would-be Canadians are required to provide multiple proofs of identity and those who wear face coverings must remove them before the ceremony in private before a citizenship official. The citizenship ceremony comes after these key steps.

Harper might not be a very good Prime Minister, but he's a very clever campaigner. He's managed to tap into Canadians' racism to win a minority government.

I hope I'm wrong. I hope Canada is better than that.


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Cottage on Oxtongue Lake Next Summer

I intended to write this entry a month ago, but the Jays have me all flustered. I can barely get my fingers to write about anything else.

The last few summers, I've rented a cottage on Oxtongue Lake near Algonquin Park. I'll never be able to afford a cottage of my own, so for a week each summer, I pretend I own waterfront property and enjoy the mess out of the several kayaks, canoes, and other boats available 24/7.


It really is heaven. The lake is warm, the scenery stunning, and the facilities are amazing, but the purpose of this entry is to tell you about the Jenny factor.


Jenny owns and operates the White Birches Cottage Resort with her son. Jenny isn't just super sweet and fun to chat with, but she goes above and beyond to make sure everyone enjoys their stay at one of her cottages. I can't say enough kind things about this woman!

So, if you're thinking of escaping for a week or two next summer to enjoy the beauty that is Oxtongue Lake, do yourself a favour and call Jenny at 1-800-263-4794. Trust me.


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The Ron Oliver Show

At some point in the very early 90s (or was it the very late 80s?), I stumbled upon a YTV show called "The Ron Oliver Show". I was hooked.

For some reason, this show tickled my funny bone. It was great fun while it lasted, which wasn't very long. I've been trying to find evidence of this show online but it's surprisingly difficult.

Ron Oliver's IMDB page doesn't even list the show in his credits. A search of YouTube for "Ron Oliver Show" comes up empty. Did I dream this show up?

Thanks to Retrontario, there's now evidence I'm not completely delusional. Oliver's Twist was a YTV clip show that used the best bits of YTV Hits and the Ron Oliver Show and he's posted five minutes to his YouTube channel.

Does anyone else remember The Ron Oliver Show on YTV?

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Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 136: Mike Wilner

Toronto Mike'd Podcast Episode 136In this 136th episode, Mike chats with Blue Jays Radio play-by-play broadcaster and host of BlueJaysTalk Mike Wilner about the playoff-bound Toronto Blue Jays, whether they care about winning the AL regular season crown, how things have changed in this city and the fun to come. They also spin some retro Blue Jays songs and Tom Cheek calls. This episode is exactly 1:13:40.

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Open Mike

Welcome to this week's Open Mike. I'm Mike and I'll be your master of ceremonies for the day.

Feel free to use this space to vent, rant, share a story and/or ask a question of the hivemind.

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