Man, I'd love to apply for this:
Having just retired, the timing's perfect. Of the nine duties and qualifications, though, I fulfill exactly one of them ("interest and enthusiasm for baseball"), leaving me at the back of the line with this guy. (Or behind--he's got the Yankees on his resumé.)
― clemenza, Monday, 8 July 2019 19:37 (three years ago) link
fuck dude - no harm in trying. use me as a reference. i'll tell them how you can't shut up about baseball!
― Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:05 (three years ago) link
I think that's a better reference than my last principal would give me...
― clemenza, Tuesday, 9 July 2019 14:07 (three years ago) link
The HOF was pretty good. Not a lot to see--there are 5 or 6 rooms--but they've inducted 100+ people, a good mix of Canadians and relevant non-Canadians, and reading some of the bios was instructive. Merchandise is pricey; I did buy the card set of all the inductees for $50. Four baseball field surround the museum, and they were nice.
Best thing about the day was deciding that when I vacate the city--which I seriously plan to do within the next year or so--St. Mary's is at the top of my list now. The town is beautiful, the houses are 1/3-1/2 of what you pay in Toronto, and I think I'd be very happy there.
― clemenza, Thursday, 11 July 2019 12:36 (three years ago) link
Happy retirement clem!
I have to admit that I didn't know where the Canadian Baseball HOF was ...
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Thursday, 11 July 2019 14:12 (three years ago) link
― Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:03 (three years ago) link
always the last place you look
― Screamin' Jay Gould (The Yellow Kid), Thursday, 11 July 2019 17:47 (three years ago) link
Q: Who is the only player to represent the Montreal Expos and the Toronto Blue Jays in the MLB All-Star Game? A: Ron Fairly (Expos,1973; Blue Jays,1977) He turns 81 today. Happy Birthday to him! pic.twitter.com/eNAB33DLJr— Kevin Glew (@coopincanada) July 12, 2019
― mookieproof, Friday, 12 July 2019 15:11 (three years ago) link
never in a million years would i have guessed.
― Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Friday, 12 July 2019 17:16 (three years ago) link
Wow--my post just above is where I decided to move to St. Mary's...No HOF class this year, and the induction of Olerud/Morneau/Ward/Doucet still on hold.
Now that I'm on the inside, out there pulling weeds, I'm going to lobby hard for Munenori.
― clemenza, Friday, 5 February 2021 16:51 (two years ago) link
St. Marys...St. Marys...I even have a T-shirt that says "St. Marys: Apostrophe-Free Since 1864."
― clemenza, Friday, 5 February 2021 16:53 (two years ago) link
They're still doing catch up from COVID, but this year's Canadian HOF inductees:
Posting these days for me is often like the final scene of Seinfeld--I think I've told this story before, but I'm never quite sure. Anyway, I got a card autographed by Barfield once (right in the Skydome, I think), and I mentioned to him that I was there the night he became the first Blue Jay to hit 40 HR (1986). He remembered not just the pitcher (of course), but the pitch, the count, where he hit it, everything. It was probably 10 or 15 years later.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 1 February 2023 22:14 (four months ago) link
This is interesting from his little bio:
In 1985, the right-handed hitting slugger helped lead the Blue Jays to their first American League East title when he had 27 home runs, 22 stolen bases and 22 outfield assists. This made him just the second player (Willie Mays was the first in 1955) in big league history to have at least 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 20 outfield assists in the same campaign.
Wonder if that's still true.
― clemenza, Wednesday, 1 February 2023 22:17 (four months ago) link