There's some excellent news for us Canadians: the Fan radio network is carrying today's game as a Good Friday treat for us, and it's a match-up between two cable television empires run by men named Ted! Needless to say, the game isn't on TV.
Can the Jays keep ahead of the surging Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Which Is In California and maintain sole possession of first place in the American League? Will this showdown prove once and for all which Ted is superior? Which is the Good Ted and which is the Evil Ted? Will a clever Box reader point out that Ted Turner no longer owns the Atlanta Braves? Can anyone think of a funnier way to work California into the official name of the Angels? Will someone figure out that NFH wrote this in the middle of the night but decided to post it as-is anyways?
From the Spring Training schedule, you'd suspect that the Minnesota Twins were being groomed by MLB to be the new rivals of the Toronto Blue Jays, but that just ain't so.
Instead, it's these guys. No Philadelphia radio feed today, and no Toronto radio, either, but there's a Toronto webcast available on Gameday.
Every year, it seems, there's one team that the Blue Jays seem to play over and over in the spring. Usually it's the Phillies, who train down the road in Clearwater, but this year it's the Twins, whom the Jays won't see again till the regular season, May 17th in Minneapolis. Dave Bush, the scheduled home-opener starter for Toronto, is slated to oppose Kyle Lohse. Expect the Jays to start sending their everyday lineup out there more frequently now, in an effort to get the squad cranked up earlier for the games that count and to avoid another disastrous April.
We saw Josh Towers shut down the Reds last year, and today we hope for the same against the other National League Central archrivals of the Toronto Blue Jays, the Pittsburgh Pirates. It's Roy Halladay versus Kip Wells, or so Spencer Fordin tells me.
Today in Spring Training action the Jays take on the mighty Reds, a team tabbed to battle it out for the big potato this October by a certain Batter's Box analyst who will remain nameless to protect his reputation.
Unfortunately, the Toronto Raptors, a team that's actually playing a regular season sport, have forced this game off of the dial in Toronto. The good news is that it appears that the Fan network is carrying the game on their other channels, so if you've got a radio with decent reception you should be able to pull in a signal even if you're a Torontonian.
For some unknown reason, I found myself drawn into the Astros' playoff run last year, and followed them via the magic of internet radio. Maybe it was their terrible jerseys, or maybe it was the silly name of their stadium, who knows.
Anyhow, our beloved home team faces the Houston Minute Maids this afternoon, and the game will be broadcast on the Fan 590 for those of us in the Toronto listening area.
It's the Bad Blood Brothers rematch! Of course, there were no fireworks last time and probably won't be any this time, either.
There's also no TV and no Toronto radio coverage. There is a TBay broadcast for you Gamedayers, so we're not totally in the dark on this one.
Looking at the schedule, a bunch of other grapefruit league games have already been cancelled due to rain, so I'm thinking that this game might not happen.
No TV, no radio from either side today, but those of you with Gameday can listen to a Toronto-helmed webcast. Well, you can if they play.
Apparently the Toronto Blue Jays are playing in the All-Twins division of the Grapefruit League this year. It doesn't bother me, but do the Twins fans get fed up with their former star being showcased at them over and over again?
I mean, think of what it would be like if we saw Carlos Delgado every other day during Spring Training! I feel a little bad for Twins followers.
It's another no TV, no radio extravaganza today, where every Jays run scored is assumed to be a home run by Gabe Gross until confirmed otherwise.
Yesterday's loss dropped Toronto to third place, behind Cleveland and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Detroit could find themselves in a tie with the Jays if they pull off a victory today.
With the Montréal Expos now in Washington, rumor has it that the Phillies are supposed to be our new rival for interleague play. So I guess that those of us who know nothing about them should read the upcoming Philadelphia preview next Monday.
The Jays have fallen to second place behind Cleveland, but only by the slimmest of margins. I recommend that they go in there today and show the new rivals who's boss and get that first place position back, killing two birds with one stone.
I was all set to say "hey, a new opponent", but the Jays played the Rays last week. One of these days we'll see some new people.
Last weekend's games showed up unheralded on the Fan 590. I suspect that we'll be lucky again today, since the Raptors are playing at night tonight. No plans to televise the game have been announced.
Maybe I've just never followed Spring Training this closely before -- do the Jays always play the Twins every other day? Are the two teams getting tired of each other?
Lucky for us, this game is also on Rogers Sportsnet this afternoon, with coverage starting at 1:00. Let's hope it's less like the last televised game and more like yesterday.
Last night was a rough one, but I'm betting that the Jays had a little bit of the "everyone's watching on TV" yips. This afternoon's game against the defending World Series champs isn't on television, so we can use it to put my theory to the test.
bluejays.com lists a "home" radio broadcast for the Jays but it is identified only as TOR, so I'm guessing it's not on the radio, just online. I'd gladly be wrong, though.
With yesterday's game being rained out, is this game seven or game eight? I say seven, but I'm happy to be corrected by baseball traditionalists.
Tonight's game is the first we'll see of our Fightin' Jays on television in 2005, on Rogers Sportsnet and mlb.tv (for free) tonight at 7:15.