October 05, 2016

Blue Jays Beat Orioles, Advance to Face Rangers: The Toronto Blue Jays added another bat flip to their playoff highlight reel, a three-run, 11th-inning Edwin Encarnacion moon shot that won the AL wild card game 5-2 over the Baltimore Orioles. The Jays move on to face the Texas Rangers. In a less pleasant flashback to last year's playoffs, a Jays fan threw a beer, nearly hitting Orioles left fielder Hyun Soo Kim as he caught a fly ball.

posted by rcade to baseball at 08:08 AM - 28 comments

So...that was a hell of an AL Wild Card game.

/passes out

posted by grum@work at 12:27 AM on October 05

I stole this from Twitter just now:

Zach Britton ERA this season:

April: 2.70

May: 0.00

June: 0.00

July: 0.00

Aug: 0.96

Sept: 0.00

Oct: 0.00

Postseason: DID NOT PITCH

posted by tommytrump at 12:32 AM on October 05

So...that was a hell of an AL Wild Card game.

/passes out

Watch Matt Wieters after the pitch.

posted by tommytrump at 12:35 AM on October 05

Watch Matt Wieters after the pitch.

I wonder if he was looking for a bat for which to club Showalter to death.

There is no logic in the world that can explain not having Britton warming up after the Travis single, and in there after walking EE to set up the force (and double play) against Bautista.

Saving Britton for the save that never came is beyond stupid.

Oh, and Toronto is now UNDEFEATED IN OCTOBER!

posted by grum@work at 12:40 AM on October 05

Posted online:

posted by grum@work at 12:44 AM on October 05

Jays-Rangers, baby! Rougned Odor is working the heavy bag to prepare.

posted by rcade at 08:10 AM on October 05

Let's be honest, it was a bat-drop, not a flip:

posted by grum@work at 08:58 AM on October 05

Jays-Rangers, baby! Rougned Odor is working the heavy bag to prepare

Make sure Andrus is practicing his fielding!

posted by grum@work at 08:58 AM on October 05

grum is correct, EE was channeling his inner Roberto Alomar.

posted by tommytrump at 09:47 AM on October 05

You sure about that?

posted by rcade at 01:15 PM on October 05

It was a drop. Unlike when Odor punched Bautista. No one dropped then.

posted by tommytrump at 01:23 PM on October 05

I was in the stadium and can confirm: it was nuts.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:40 PM on October 05

You sure about that?

Yes, I'm sure.

0:13 mark, you can see him holding the bat up, and then he simply lets it go and it drops to the ground.

Favourite meme about last night: merging Phil Kessel's tweet about Team USA with last night:

posted by grum@work at 01:45 PM on October 05

I'm calling it a semi-flip. There's a little upwards wrist motion.

This argument won't be necessary in the next series.

posted by rcade at 01:52 PM on October 05

I'm hoping Bautista doffs his cap during the pre-game ceremonies when his name is called, and then flips it in the air before putting it back on his head.

posted by grum@work at 02:27 PM on October 05

From @DownGoesBrown :

My top suspect for the beer-tosser is Rougned Odor, because they threw as hard as they could,
it landed, and they didn't knock anyone down.

posted by tommytrump at 02:59 PM on October 05

I watched yesterday's PTI today at lunch. They picked the Orioles because of:

A. Britton
B. Showalter's managerial acumen

posted by yerfatma at 03:29 PM on October 05

An out-by-out breakdown of when to use Britton.

(Just turn off the unnecessary video at the top of the article. It has nothing to do with the text.)

posted by grum@work at 04:29 PM on October 05

Video of the beer chucker?

Photo of the area it was thrown after the fact:

posted by grum@work at 04:50 PM on October 05

That guy was shown with a beer in his hand after the incident. I think it's more likely the thrower is sitting down out of sight behind the backwards-cap man. The guy behind the suspect is looking down at something and smiling. It could be the thrower.

posted by rcade at 07:56 PM on October 05

You're assuming he threw his own beer.

Besides, there is a sophisticated camera system in Roger Centre that can pinpoint every person in the building (think about that) that the cops would have access to after the fact.

They released his picture this evening.

So I hope they are right...

posted by grum@work at 08:32 PM on October 05

Deadspin makes an interesting case that it ain't Pagan.

They're filming everybody? Genius!

posted by rcade at 09:20 PM on October 05

Here's enhanced video that claims it is Pagan throwing sidearm with a beer in his other hand.

posted by rcade at 09:31 PM on October 05

As a Canadian sports fan I am again embarrassed by any potential association of Canada with the Blue Jays organization or their fans.

Please direct your anger at the Blue Jays organization and the Toronto fans just as the rest of true Canadian sports fans do.

The Jays organization better get it's head out of it's ass real quick and take steps to prevent another similar incident or MLB will need to start moving home games to a neutral site.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:46 PM on October 05

As a Canadian sports fan I am again embarrassed by any potential association of Canada with the Blue Jays organization or their fans.

Please direct your anger at the Blue Jays organization and the Toronto fans just as the rest of true Canadian sports fans do.

Over react, much?

I'm pretty sure that 99% of the people understand it's not a reflection on Canada. Otherwise, Vancouver and Montreal would have already ruined it for everyone already with their repeated rioting during/after hockey playoffs.

The Jays organization better get it's head out of it's ass real quick and take steps to prevent another similar incident or MLB will need to start moving home games to a neutral site.

Yes, I'm sure that's the case.

It's why there are no sports played in Boston (beer cans), New York (batteries, coins, bags of urine), Philadelphia (snowballs, batteries), Cincinnati (beer bottles), or Chicago (multiple beer can incidents, people pummeling coaches).

Rogers Centre is going to be implementing a change in the alcohol distribution policy when the ALDS returns to Toronto. I think that's really all that needs to be done.

posted by grum@work at 11:25 PM on October 05

Rogers Centre is going to be implementing a change in the alcohol distribution policy when the ALDS returns to Toronto. I think that's really all that needs to be done.

You have to chug the beer at the concession stand. No more bringing it back to your seat.

posted by opel70 at 08:34 AM on October 06

You have to chug the beer at the concession stand. No more bringing it back to your seat.

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Euros in France you can drink from a bottle in the concourse, but to enter seating area all drinks had to be in a cup.

It's why there are no sports played in Boston (beer cans), New York (batteries, coins, bags of urine), Philadelphia (snowballs, batteries), Cincinnati (beer bottles), or Chicago (multiple beer can incidents, people pummeling coaches).

Not sure if it is true or not, but I heard the San Diego Chargers do not have drinking straws, at least during Raiders games, because of a few incidents with urine.

posted by prof at 09:40 AM on October 06

It's why there are no sports played in Boston (beer cans)

Hey, don't short-change us!

posted by yerfatma at 10:02 AM on October 06

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