While I didn't see the reunion game in Toronto (the Manitoba Senior Baseball League finals were assigned to me), I did see the uniform choice the Jays made.
If the New York Yankees can keep the same uniforms for decades, why can't the Jays go back to their original shirts, or the 1992 vintage? Combine the Friday Blues as a button up and the 1992 whites and you've got a winner.
• Word has it Paul Beeston will have a replacement for himself in 30-60 days. Here's hoping he hires himself.
• The BC Lions have finally figured out exactly how to win a football game. Please don't pass the secret to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers or we won't hear the end of it from Mike Kelly (shout out to Jordie, who seemingly requested my Mike slam. You're welcome).
• Bring back the Jets. Surely they won't require $23 million worth of incentives per year to keep the franchise afloat in Winnipeg. You could put that team in Kamloops, B.C., and not require that. And you'd get better attendance too. That, and in both locations, there's no territorial conflict with the Toronto Maple Leafs, or anyone else in the NHL.
• Red Deer will be reconstructed in Nerf before the NHL changes their minds about Jim Balsille. If you read James Mirtle's blog and the extra documents he posts, you can kind of see their point.
• If Balsille wins the auction for the Coyotes, given the NHL's mistrust of him, would they take the bold step of disbanding the franchise?
• Hank Aaron has asked for the list of steroid users to be released en masse. It may not pass the fourth amendment test, but it would pass the smell test once and for all.
• But here's the thing. If as Jose Cansenco claims 95 per cent of MLB ball players were steriod users, would it really affect the Hall of Fame? Don't people make comparisons amongst other players of the same time period, at least at some level, to determine greatness? Does anyone compare Dave Stewart with Catfish Hunter? I don't. But I would and should compare his record to the one put up by Jack Morris. Same goes for David Cone. The absolute best players of their time should make the cut. Right Tim Raines?
• On Pete Rose, what has a greater effect on the integrity of baseball? Taking a banned substance or gambling on baseball? I'd argue gambling on the game you take part in could have a greater impact, as proven in other sports where point shaving has taken place. That said, if you make a case for Barry Bonds and Ty Cobb, you make a case for Pete Rose. They are a package deal, and take Shoeless Joe Jackson with them.
• Jack Morris has pitched in Winnipeg as a member of the Northern League's St. Paul Saints. (The Saints play in the American Association now.) It didn't go well for him. I was at that game, I believe it was in 1996, in the old ball park/football stadium, now known as CanadInns Stadium, has a gap between two sets of stand that at 7 p.m., sometimes sent a powerful ray of sunlight directly to the pitcher's mound. Jack didn't like this and protested for a delay. As everyone else just played on, he was expected to as well. He didn't last much past the third and gave up on his playing career that year.
• Theo Fleury wants back in the NHL because his stint in senior hockey, which included a season playing with the Steinbach North Stars and an appearace at the 2009 Allan Cup. No doubt, he could play in his day, but there's a lesson Jack Morris displayed all too well in Winnipeg. Cue Kenny Rogers. Know when to fold'em. Everybody now....
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