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I'm first again. Goody. How about those Indians. Corey Kluber pitched another gem. He's so awesome. Anyway, Franky Lindor hit a home run as well. How about those Diamondbacks. Another great win. Lots of homers. Three by Paul Goldschmidt, two by Brandon Drury, and one by JD Martinez. My Orioles didn't do very well though. They lost again.

August 4, 2017 @ 9:07 AM


Happy Friday all..

If you like the blues..check out Gary Clark Jr :)

August 4, 2017 @ 9:26 AM

Rob J

Kluber is definitely on a mega-roll: 12 straight games of 8+ strikeouts, done previously only by Pedro, Nolan Ryan, and Randy Johnson. Gotta love dominant starting pitchers, especially in a bullpen-driven era.

August 4, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@Rob J

Is Orel Hershiser still playing?

August 4, 2017 @ 10:20 AM

Rob J

Wow, that name always brings the feels...59 straight shutout innings in 1988...Cy Young that year, MVP of NLCS and World Series...

He's currently the colour commentator for Dodger games on TV.

August 4, 2017 @ 10:31 AM

The Voice of Reason

It appears that Jose Bautista will not be a Blue Jay beyond this year.
Great memories.
Salut Jose.

August 4, 2017 @ 10:36 AM

Urooj Islam


I was amazed that they even brought him back this season, probably out of fear of too much change on the team after losing Edwin.

But yeah, the Batflip alone has made him a legend among Blue Jays fans and helped cultivate new ones. Easily one of the greatest Blue Jays ever.

August 4, 2017 @ 12:04 PM


It's August, and we starting to see ads for the CNE, and yesterday I saw that some things there are already being set up. It's interesting to look at some of these old maps to see how things have changed over the decades.

I had no idea that the streets being named after the provinces and territories was a relatively recent thing -- maybe in the mid to late 1960s? You can see their former names like Connaught, Strathcona, and Dundonald on the older maps, along with older versions of the grandstand that burned down, and buildings that no longer exist.
Like I mentioned a couple of months ago, I still think a new indoor concert venue of about 5 or 6000 seats would be a good idea for Exhibition Place.

August 4, 2017 @ 12:07 PM


^ "we are starting"

August 4, 2017 @ 12:09 PM

The Voice of Reason

@Urooj Islam

I look forward to watching him being inducted to the Blue Jays Level of Excellence.

August 4, 2017 @ 12:19 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I'm going to see the Spoons on Saturday night. Taking my wife and oldest daughter. Gord Deppe has promised to drop by the homestead in the very near future.

August 4, 2017 @ 2:47 PM


Imagine getting a 500% increase in your property taxes.

August 4, 2017 @ 3:24 PM

twins from bolton

Moved to Bolton in 1999 & taxes were just under $2000/yr & now 18 years later over $5000/yr & 2018 with another increase of 4-5%.

August 4, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

Urooj Islam


That is a ways away but I agree.

I don't think Roy Halladay is even on the Level of Excellence yet and he has been retired for 4+ years.

August 4, 2017 @ 9:02 PM

Rick C in Oakville

@Twins, if it doubled in one year, definitely would be too much to absorb. With all the Condo development, never understand why the City of Toronto never has any cash.

August 4, 2017 @ 10:00 PM

Rob J

@ TM

Saw your tweet regarding the thunderstorm...caught in one myself this afternoon. It started and continued when I was an hour's walk away from my vehicle with no shelter. I had no idea I knew so many swear words. My shoes should be dry by Labour Day.

August 4, 2017 @ 10:16 PM

Blind Dave


It may be the Dodgers year for a world series. I like baseball but I am not a hard core sports fan. I used to be passionate about hockey and baseball, but that was a long time ago.

I am enjoying the Jams series that TO Mike is doing on his podcast. Lots of great music in there. Wilner & Elvis were standouts.

We had two very hot weeks on the prairies (yay!) but seem to have drifted back into low to mid twenties again. Still getting out walking pretty much every day and loving it! I've lost close to 20 pounds this year, all done properly.

I remember The Spoons. So that inspired me to do a google search on "old bands still touring". Wow! I knew a few of them were still around but the actual list blew me away. Give it a try.

August 4, 2017 @ 11:10 PM

Dawn Keibals

@ Rick C in Oakville Rob Ford had a great and true quote years ago.He said
" The city of Toronto brings in more than ample dollars from property taxes,the problem is how city counsel chooses to spend it"

That quote is even more true in 2017

August 5, 2017 @ 5:31 AM


Well, how about those Indians. Yes, Corey Kluber is awesome, but Trevor Bauer pitched a great game last night. My Diamondbacks also won. My Orioles blew it though, but Tim Beckham hit a home run. Anyway, hopefully I get three wins tonight. That would be great.

August 5, 2017 @ 8:26 AM


@Dawn Keibals,

Ford also campaigned on cutting "the gravy train" and once in office found like ... tens of thousands of dollars to save.

August 5, 2017 @ 10:56 AM

Rob J

If it is true that the problem is the spending, you would be able to dig up quotes from less disgraced and more credible sources than Rob F'n Ford.

Maybe use Bernie Madoff to prove a point about investing wisely?

August 5, 2017 @ 11:21 AM


@RickC - It is easy to understand why not just the City of Toronto, but just about any jurisdiction you want to pick "never has any cash". Most governments see no need to operate within their means. They always claim to have a revenue problem, when the truth is that they spend too much. We know that individuals cannot no do this for very long. Even businesses. Governments? "We'll just go borrow more." Even now, Greece, the poster child for a country living way, way beyond its means for decades, is still getting more loans to "help" them deal with their debt "crisis". There is an effective limit to how much a taxpayer, personal or private sector corporate, can "give". Apart from New Zealand hitting the debt wall in the early 1980s, there appears to be no effective limit to how much a government can borrow and spend, sticking taxpayers, especially those that cannot vote yet, with the bill.

August 5, 2017 @ 11:42 AM

Rob J

If you think about the federal governments in North America that did the best in terms of balanced budgets, the names that immediately spring to mind are Clinton, Chretien, and Martin. Then Harper and George W established deficits all over again with a combination of tax cuts for the super-rich and increased spending. And Harper was lauded as an 'economist'!

August 5, 2017 @ 3:16 PM


Whoops. Just noticed Lowest of the Low have a show at Danforth Music Hall September 9 (and a new album out the day before), but GA tickets are already sold out. Good for them!

There are some balcony seats still available but not sure I want to see them that way. Considering it.

August 6, 2017 @ 7:33 AM


So I was at the grocery store yesterday and while the shelves were full of Back To School specials, the aisles were overflowing with reams of Hallowe'en candy. WTF? Hallowe'en is months away. That amount of lead time seems excessive. What gives Marketers?

August 6, 2017 @ 8:12 AM


My Indians lost a heartbreaker. What a shame. Danny Salazar pitched a gem, but got no run support. Carlos Santana hit a home run, but that's all they got. They better win today. My Orioles won though. Home runs by Tim Beckham, Wellington Castillo, and Adam Jones. That's great. My Diamondbacks lost again though. They blew it.

August 6, 2017 @ 8:33 AM

Rick C in Oakville

@Mainz, noticed this too. Christmas decorations are next probably after labour day!

August 6, 2017 @ 11:56 AM


Thanks Blind Dave!

August 6, 2017 @ 1:27 PM

Rob J

Speaking of marketers, I get the feeling the upcoming "It" movie is gonna be a dog based on the months-long blanket coverage and hype across all media. Someone's trying waaaaay too hard.

August 6, 2017 @ 9:01 PM

Blind Dave


Two easy answers. One: it's too early and it's overkill (the usual reason). And two: the candy, especially the little chocolate bars, will get eaten by the buyer and more candy will need to be purchased the week before Halloween.

@ Elvis

You're welcome. Great tunes.

August 6, 2017 @ 9:42 PM


I hate certificate things. I finally got on without that fricken certificate. Anyway, there is this security certificate that gave me a yes button and a no button which don't do anything. Closing Internet Explorer didn't work either. I had to end task to get out of it. Finally I got the website to work. Well, Mike can't see it, and it doesn't happen anywhere else. Well, my Indians lost. This is awful. Michael Brantley hit a home run, but that's it. My orioles won though. Lots of homers by Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, and Chris Davis. Great game. My Diamondbacks lost though.

August 7, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Rob J

What's the worst thing about pro sports?

A) your team sucks
B) media homerism
C) outrageous salaries-lack of player loyalty
D) other fans
E) CBA issues-owners crying poor

August 7, 2017 @ 1:59 PM


I listened to an older Toronto Mike'd podcast with Humble Howard from May, 2013 this weekend. A few take-aways:

- HH was jumping around, topic-wise, so you asked him to pretend you were Jian Ghomeshi (made me laugh given all that's gone on with him)
- HH talked about wanting to marry Lady Friend (oops...)
- while you were talking about your upcoming wedding celebration, HH seemed really keen to know if there'd be any speeches (haha! Turns out there was one of particular note)

Life. Funny how it all goes, isn't it?

August 7, 2017 @ 5:11 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Very interesting....

With Lady Friend, I'm pretty sure the deal breaker was when HH decided he didn't want anymore kids. For me, it would have been the same, only I was willing to have more and HH was not.

August 7, 2017 @ 5:58 PM


@ Rob J
F) Play-By-Play mouths & Sidekicks

August 8, 2017 @ 2:20 AM

The Voice of Reason

Just noticed that failed Fox Sports One broadcasters Jay and Dan are returning to TSN. It seems like a huge step backwards for Sports Centre to bring this jokers back.

August 8, 2017 @ 6:39 AM


Well, no certificate error, thank goodness. My Orioles won last night. That's great. Dylan Bundy pitched another gem. Manny Machado hit a home run. That's great. My Indians and Diamondbacks had the day off. Football starts soon. Ravens, Cardinals and Browns will all do well I think.

August 8, 2017 @ 7:06 AM

Rob J

Darren Daulton, Don Baylor, nor Glen Campbell deserve a TM obit?

(Baylor only 1 of 4 to win a league MVP and league Manager of the Year: Torre, Gibson, and Robinson the others)

August 8, 2017 @ 6:48 PM


I know I'm several days late to the party on this one (as I sadly rely on library
'net), but I was also at the Spoons show on Saturday night. Unlike yourself, I was not
brave enough to venture into that massive Spoons mosh pit upfront, but I nevertheless
enjoyed the show immensely from my seated perch in the fourth row. Plus, as I had never
been to that park previously I found it a great venue to watch a concert at. My only beef, if I
had one, was that once again I was denied the chance to hear "Be Alone Tonight" in a live
version. This song had a video on MuchMusic back in the day so I can't be the only one
who remembers it fondly, can I? Perhaps next year the brain trust behind this great event
will consider booking a heavier group such as Anvil!

August 8, 2017 @ 7:26 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


Goddo played there Friday night!

At that venue (Sam Smith Park) I have seen the following artists:

Glass Tiger
Kim Mitchell
Sass Jordan

August 8, 2017 @ 10:19 PM

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@Rob J

All three do... I have some catching up to do. Been crazy busy.

August 8, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

Rob J

It's actually come to the point where when a celebrity dies, I go to your blog to get a nice little remembrance. It's a neat feature of the TM experience. But yeah, I'm sure 3 in short order makes it hard to keep up! I knew Daulton and Campbell were ill, but the Baylor news was shocking and quite sad. He obviously touched a lot of people both as a player and manager.

August 8, 2017 @ 10:43 PM


Well, my Indians had a walkoff win. I was worried they were going to lose it, but they didn't lose it. Yan Gomes hit a three run homer in the bottom of the ninth. That's great. My Indians play this afternoon and hopefully will win. My Diamondbacks also won which is great. Chris Ianetta hit a home run and Jake Lamb hit two homers including a grand slam. My Orioles lost though. That was not a good thing. Yes, Ravens, Cardinals and Browns are all going to make the playoffs this year. I know it. One of them will win the Superbowl.

August 9, 2017 @ 8:49 AM


I'm still mad that I missed the Helix concert last year. I never would have known
about it if I hadn't seen it mentioned on here the next day. Funny bit of useless
trivia: Back in 1987 I met several members of Helix down at the CNE when Toronto
Rocks was doing a live broadcast from the Bandshell. The drummer, Fritz, offered to share his
can of pop with me but I had to firmly decline, as I had no idea where his mouth had been!
P.S., Goddo is nowhere near as awesome or as heavy as Anvil!!!

August 9, 2017 @ 9:40 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I did see the Anvil documentary and loved it!

August 9, 2017 @ 9:45 AM


I wonder if Lips from Anvil would be worthy of an episode or two?!?

August 9, 2017 @ 10:04 AM


I also saw 54-40 in that park at Lake Shore and Kipling, and I certainly would have gone to see Helix if I had known about it. I would also go see Anvil there, although I'm not sure it would be the most appropriate setting for a band that has songs like "F#*%en Eh!".

August 9, 2017 @ 10:27 AM


I think that Anvil would be a suitable choice for that Park as long as
they didn't play "March Of The Crabs" or "Bushpig!"

August 9, 2017 @ 10:34 AM

Jason from Sudbury

Love Anvil. I highly recommend their documentary. Even if you're not into metal, it's a great story!

August 9, 2017 @ 4:41 PM

Rob J

Hey, did you guys know this was the 29th anniversary of the Gretzky trade?!

I guarantee the Oilers made the deal in August so that lazy sportswriters and talk show hosts would be able to pontificate on the fallout during the hockey doldrums year after year after year after year, etc etc.

August 9, 2017 @ 8:58 PM


@Rob J,

re: Gretzky trade,

I love this ditty/video from TPOH:

August 9, 2017 @ 10:18 PM

Rob J


Yikes. You and I may have similar tastes in podcasts, but not necessarily in 'ditties'!

I'm already "looking forward" to next year's 30th anniversary spectacular.

August 9, 2017 @ 10:56 PM


@Rob J,

Hah. Looked up the 'open call to kick out the jams' post where you specifically denigrate 90s cancon. We can at least find common ground over R.E.M.?

August 9, 2017 @ 11:34 PM

Rob J


August 10, 2017 @ 1:17 AM


Baseball sucked yesterday. My Indians lost. Franky Lindor hit a home run, but my Indians didn't close it out. This sucks. Trevor Bauer pitched a gem as well and my Indians couldn't hit. Same with my Orioles. No hitting. My Diamondbacks lost as well. Why does this have to happen. Well, as I said, Browns, Ravens or Cardinals will win the Superbowl.

August 10, 2017 @ 7:05 AM


Perhaps you should look into inquiring whether or not Pro-Line or Gamblers
Anonymous ever sponsor top-shelf podcasts? Oftentimes this section feels like
a very eclectic betting parlour!!

August 10, 2017 @ 9:15 AM

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