February 16, 2020

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 7 comments

Toronto Blue Jays legend Tony Fernandez dies at 57

posted by tommytrump at 10:57 AM on February 16

What a drag. I heard he was very ill.

I thought the Jays were well set at shortstop with Alfredo Griffin and was stunned when they traded him. Then I got to see Fernandez play and understood.

posted by beaverboard at 11:07 AM on February 16

Tony was one of 'our' 1st real stars. So easy to cheer for, smooth defensively, a terrific hitter. Four different times he wore the Blue Jays uniform. I was so angry when we traded him and Fred McGriff for Carter and Alomar. Turned out okay for Toronto, and Tony returned in the '93 season to be a big part of the World Series championship that year. From everything I've ever heard, or read about him, a better man than a ballplayer. Rest in Peace.

posted by tommytrump at 12:00 PM on February 16

I hate to say it, but the dude has a knack for milking the moment and jacking his base.

posted by beaverboard at 05:35 PM on February 16

It was nice showmanship but his appearance made the interminable prerace even longer than normal. The race ended up getting postponed by rain after a tiny number of laps were completed.

posted by rcade at 07:06 PM on February 16

President ZoomZoom!

posted by billsaysthis at 11:29 AM on February 17

Would have been more fitting driving backwards and to the extreme right.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:28 PM on February 18

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