Baseball Bizarre

Did this really happen???  You have just entered the ‘twilight zone!’  Do, do, do, do ….. do, do, do, do!

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If believe dreams can come true, then it did happen!!!  Ha, ha!  You can’t make out those players in the background at all!  Ha, ha!  Yep, they are all Blue Jays. uh huh … totally for sure!  

It happened in another parraell universe where the Jays didn’t go on a 9-game losing streak in late-May???  Instead, it was a nine game winning streak, and the Jays rode that momentum to the promise land baby!

What else happened in the parallel universe?

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Ahhh!!  Yankee/Red Sox fans!  I just blew ya freakin mind didn’t I?  Being a Jays fan I can get away with this.  We are of a different breed.  I’m your worst nightmare!  What kind of universe would let this happen?  Could this happen?  I’m still bitter over the Halladay trade.  That is what inspired this piece.

Now get ready to enter the crazy nickname zone!  Do, do, do, do …. do, do, do, do!

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One of my favorite Blue Jays right now is Adam Lind.  He had a mammoth year at the plate last season hitting .305 with 35 HR’s, 46 doubles and 114 RBI’s.  I love Lindor Chocolate made by Lindt … absolutely delicious!  Naturally, Adam Lind was bestowed this nickname by me.  Lindor Chocolate!  Which may, or may not, be catergorized as a performance enhancing drug?

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Here is one that I didn’t even make up.  It was a shame to hear that Jays middle-reliever, Dirk Hayhurst, will be out most of the season with right shoulder surgery – or as he puts it, ‘Ninjas attacking his shoulder.’  I have his Twitter, and the guy is hilarious!  His book,  “The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran,” is scheduled to be released on March 30.  He has an excellent imagination, especially the infamous bullpen ledgend of ‘The Garfoose.’   Hilarious story!  A very interesting ballplayer, and I am waiting for his book.

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I didn’t make this one up either, but I always thought it was cool!  While Kevin Youkilus was thriving in the minors, Oakland GM Billy Beane had his sights set on acquiring him.  Like no other, Youkilus fits the ‘Moneyball’ ideal of production, working long at-bats and maintaining a high .OBP (on base percentage).  They called him ‘Youcules the Greek God of Walks’ for this reason, and salavated over him for good reason.  Youkilus is a slightly under-rated ‘grinder’ in my opinion, and a huge asset to the Red Sox!

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Everyone knows how much I love Japanese food, that is how this name evolved.  And, it is fun to say!  Try it … quite fun!  I’ve always respected Matsui as a player.  I think that he will missed by the Yankees next year.  Matsui had a way of grinding out at-bats, and annoying opposing pitchers that tried to cope with the relief of not facing AROD, Giambi (in his prime) or Teixera.

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Now, this might be the worst one of the nicknames.  I call Bobby Abreu, ‘Booby Abooba,’ just because it is fun to say.  The guy has abnormally large pectoral muscles.  I can’t help that.  God, this blog has just reached a new all-time low!  Sorry Bobby Abreu.  You are a very good player, and a key contributor to my keeper ‘fantasy baseball team.’  I’m just a weirdo!

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As we get ready for Spring, I will end with one of my personal favorite Blue Jays.  John MacDonald is an absolute delight to have on the Jays.  He is always interacting with fans before the game, he does anything the club tells him to do in a utility role and although he is small, the guy gives 100% every time he is called upon.  Mothers, like mine, all across Canada love this guy and can’t wait for him get on the field.  You can tell he has a genuine love for the game, even though he has never been in primary role.

In essence, he is the ‘Tiny Tim’ of the low-market Blue Jays club.  Would John MacDonald ever have any place on the Yankees or Red Sox?  No way.  He’d be weeded out by ‘big names,’ ‘big talent’ and ‘big money!’  However, it is guys like him that represent ‘the good of the game’ and keep me watching!

Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope I didn’t freak anyone out too much.

15 Comments

I see we share a love of photoshop…lol You know what Abreu’s real nickname is? El Comedulce – the Candy Eater. Maybe that explains the pecks…ha, ha!

Jenn
http://philliesphollowers.mlblogs.com/

You really were in the Twilight Zone with this post! LOL. Does Abreu have large pectoral muscles? I never noticed. I love his man bra though.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

I actually have reserved a copy of Dirk’s book on Amazon.com for March.
Excited to hear more tales from the Bullpen side of things.
And you got to love his take on baseball related things.
I have ran the post on “The Garfoose” a few times, and the story only get better and better.
Hey, I actually dreamed I was on the field during a World Series game and I dove into the stands and came up with a hotdog in my mouth and the ball snowconed in my glove for an out once………..
Sometimes reality sucks, but I am anxious to see another great Jesse Litsch curveball this Spring.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Jane,

Sorry. I’m making Yankee/Red Sox fans really upset with this! All in good fun, we are division rivals!

Jenn,

Thank you for the kind words. I heard of his ‘actual’ nickname before. I hope the one I made up doesn’t catch on.

Rays Renegade,

Cool! I’m going to reserve my copy right now! I didn’t know you could get it pre-ordered. I’ve checked out his site a number of times. Great dream! Especially since it involves one of my favorite foods! Litsch is working on that curveball. It is still a development pitch for him. I hope that he got all the sink and cut knowledge he could while Halladay was here.

AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DUDE! The Jeter pic alone was enough to make this a hit post *clicking “RECOMMEND” again*!
–Jeff
http://redstatebluestate.mlblogs.com/
http://mtrredstatebluestate.com

WLR,
Well, another book to add to my To Read list.
Abreau probably can fill that bra!
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/
http://DodgersBlueBlog.com/

Love the pic of Abreu with a pink bra – LOL!!! Now I’ll never be able to get Booby Abooba out of my mind. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

So if you buy some of that chocolate, you can get Adam Lind, too? Cool…
Lind is really awesome, and he’s a ridiculously good hitter. He can play a bunch of different positions, right?

Haha wow!!! Those are great :)
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Jeff,

Ya, I was really stirring up a lot with that Jeter picture. Still doesn’t look right. I’m glad you liked it.

Emma,

Abreu is definately a double-D if you were to judge men’s pectoral muscle that way. lol.

Sue,

Thanks for stopping by my blog as well. Booby Abooba kinda just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?

xcicix,

Ya! I believe that is what the ad says! No fine print either. ha ha. Lind’s bat is big enough that he can play any position on the field. The Jays will use him as their primary DH though, since he is not very mobile in the outfield. Lind and Lindor Chocolate should really hook up for some kind of ad campaign!

Kaybee,

Thank you for the kind words. I had this idea a while ago but finally acted on it.

I’m loving that shot of Jeter in a Sox uni! Could you maybe do one with Zack Greinke in a Royals jersey circa 2012?? Now THAT will be a longshot! Haha!
http://ridiculouslyroyals.mlblogs.com

Royals,

ha, ha! Ya, I wish I could photoship Halladay circa 2010 into a Blue Jay jersey as well.

Interesting pictures, for sure.
http://catlovesthedodgers.mlblogs.com

omg that Jeter picture is surreal! It almost looks real which is just… plain weird!!!! Great photoshop hahahaha! Had me laughing all the way through.

Matt-sushi hahahahahaha that was my favorite!

http://mimi.mlblogs.com

Um, yeah…that Jeter photo is just WRONG! The Jays winning the WS has actually happened, so that is not as startling (just not in 09). And yeah, the “Greek god of Walks” thing, like “Mat-Sushi”, was certainly entertaining, and with Youk’s OBP, not entirely unjustified. Youk himself just rolls his eyes at the concept–“I’ll take a walk, but wouldn’t you rather I hit an XBH?”. Tito Francona also said, “Looking at Youk, I wouldn’t call him the Greek god of anything!” ;) I’m not sure that that is the way Abreu wants to float his boat, but…
But that Jeter photo…no, no….(exits parallel universe, heads straight to therapy…) ACK!

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