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The Jersday Blog December 6, 2018

The Jersey Round-Up

Brock Badgers Basketball Jersey

Last year the Badger’s mens basketball team was second in the OUA and first in the Western Conference with a record of 21-3 which was good enough to qualify for the USports championship as the seventh seed in Canada. This year’s team is 7-4 and the word on the street is the team looks noticeably worse.

Some would say the difference this year is the fact that face of the program Dani Elgadi graduated to play pro basketball in Germany. Others would point to the fact that unofficial season ticket-holders Adam and I haven’t been to a game since last season. It’s tough to say which is the reason.

Mats Sundin Quebec Nodiques Jersey

Zut alors what a jersey. Pour one out for the Nordiques team that never was. When the Nordiques got bounced to Colorado in 1995, they were the smallest market in the NHL and the second smallest market to Green Bay of the Big 4 Leagues. The unfortunate part is the team was on the upswing and won North East Division with a 30-13-5 record in the lockout shortened 1994-95 season. The following year the Avalanche won the 1996 Cup with this beauty of a roster:

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Imagine how much crazier this roster would’ve been had the Nordiques not traded a 22 year-old Mats Sundin for 1 season of Wendel Clark?

Teemu Selanne Winnipeg Jets Jersey

The Finnish Flash. 76 goals and 132 points as rookie. Teemu was a sick sick puppy. While he may have played more seasons as a Duck and won a Cup in Anaheim, Winnipeg is where it all started. While I’m a big fan of the Winnipeg Jets revamped look, their old look is an absolute classic.

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Throwback to better days

Aaron Sanchez Toronto Blue Jays Jersey

Troy Tulowitzki Toronto Blue Jays Jersey

It was just over three years ago that the Blue Jays traded for the best shortstop in the game, 22 year-old Aaron Sanchez was throwing bullets from the bullpen and the Blue Jays were the hottest team in baseball heading into the 2013 playoffs.

Here’s my defense of the Tulowitzki purchase: Tulo was my favourite non-Blue Jay before the trade, he had been one of the best shortstops in baseball and the Jays shop at the Rogers Center was sold out of Donaldson, Bautista, and Encarnacion. Right from the get go Tulo has been a let down and now he gets paid a lot of money to chill on the DL. As long as I have money in my bank account I’ll continue to buy bad jerseys.

As for Sanchez, when he doesn’t have blister issues, has shown the ability of an ace. He’s shown some command issues and might traded for prospects that better fit the Blue Jays timeline. But when he’s on, he has one of the best fastball curveball combos out there.

The Jays might be kind of crappy right now but at least we’ve had a few good seasons in the last 2 decades.

Drew Bledsoe Buffalo Bills Black Reebok Jersey

“The guy before Brady”. The four-time Pro Bowler has become a footnote in the story of the Bellichick era. If he didn’t have a net worth estimated at $48 million I’d actually feel bad that Bledsoe got cucked by Tom Brady.

This gem of a jersey screams early 2000’s. While I love the Bufflo Bills colour scheme and would puke if this were their current jerseys, ugly throwbacks always play. This is some very nice tailgate attire.

Boston Bruins Classic Dark and 1995/96 – 2005/06 Alternate Bear Jerseys

As much as I hate the Bruins I also hate how much I like their jerseys. The jersey on the left was their main jersey in the 80’s up until 95. This jersey was worn by legends like Ray Bourque, Cam Neely and Happy Gilmore.

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As for the Pooh Bear Jersey, as I’ve said above, ugly throwback jerseys always play. I’d rock a Jumbo Joe Thornton Pooh Bear jersey in a heart beat. Bruins hate aside they have some clean looks.

Jersey Dump

Drake doesn’t wear nobodies. This bodes well for RJ “the real Maple Jordan” Barrett.

Very cool.

Nike>Under Armour any day of the week.

#freeBortles

I kind of want a Jerry Garcia Grateful Dead jersey now.

Didn’t realize Jrue had two brothers.

Best of Seattle Concept Jerseys

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The Jersday Blog November 15, 2018

Jersey Round-Up

2003 Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training St. Patrick’s Day Jersey

As found in a Value Village for a crisp $5 bill, this Blue Jays jersey is quite the find. You know it’s a winner when you Google the jersey and one of the top results is Eric Hinske.

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Off the top of my head, here are all of the Blue Jays’ Opening Day first basemen since Hinske left in 2006: Lyle Overbay, Adam Lind, Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Colabello, Justin Smoak…

And survey says… I missed Steve Pearce in 2017… As Blue Jays era Steve Pearce apologist, this is a tough look for me. I guess when I think of Steve Pearce as a Blue Jay I remember him absolutely fighting for bloopers and his cement feet in left field. For the record, had Pearce been healthy and Justin Smoak not broken out at first base forcing Pearce to platoon in left, Steve Pearce would’ve been fine for the Blue Jays.

Arian Foster Houston Texans Jersey

Throwback to high school where Arian Foster was the NFL’s premier running back. In 2011 I did my first fantasy football draft and was hoping to have Foster drop to me at 4th overall. He ended up going first so I took Maurice Jones-Drew after Calvin Johnson and Ben Roethlisberger (that guy was an idiot) were off the board. That was 7 years ago… Life comes at you fast…

Chris Osgood Winter Classic Alumni Jersey

Ray brings the jersey heat once again. The Wizard of Oz was a weird goalie in the sense that he was both incredibly overrated with his .905 save percentage across 744 career regular season games, but also was underrated as a playoff performer. 74 career playoff wins and three Stanley Cups show that Osgood knew how to turn it on when it mattered most. And his funky goalie mask? Incredible.

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Jay Ajayi Philadelphia Eagles 2018 Super Bowl Jersey

Fly Eagles Fly. While this year’s poor showing probably proves that the Eagles are a flash in the plan, it was one hell of a flash. Last year’s Super Bowl run was incredible in hindsight. The Eagles were a well-oiled machine despite having Nick freaking Foles at the wheel of the offence (even if some people wildly claim that “Big Dick” Nick should still be the starter).

This Jay Ajayi jersey is especially cool since Ajayi changed his number going into year making his #36 a Super Bowl exclusive.

Isiah Thomas Throwback Detroit Pistons Adidas Jersey

Before he was a broadcaster or the failed Knicks head coach, Isiash Thomas was widely regarded as one of the best point guards of all-time. Too many think of the short Isaiah Thomas currently guarding point for the Denver Nuggets when they hear the name, Isiash was the face of the infamous Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons of the 80’s.

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As per Wikipedia, Isaiah was actually named after the Pistons great:

Thomas was named after former Detroit Pistons Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas when his father, James, bet his friend that his favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, would defeat the Pistons in the 1989 NBA Finals (which the Pistons won in a four-game sweep). The younger Thomas ended up being born months before the Finals took place, but James had already warmed to the name, which his mother, Tina Baldtrip, insisted on spelling Isaiah, as she desired a biblical name.

This is a very cool jersey.

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The Weekly Jersey Dump

NBA City Jersey Power Rankings

30. Memphis

Men's Memphis Grizzlies Mike Conley Nike Gray 2018/19 Swingman Jersey – City Edition

Yuck

29. Orlando

Evan Fournier City Edition Swingman (Orlando Magic) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

You’d think a team with the nickname “Magic” would go out on a limb and not be so boring. For a basketball team neighbouring Disney World that hasn’t been relevant since Dwight Howard, they should be trying out crazy new designs on a monthly basis. They should be trying out as many loud looks as a 90’s expansion hockey team. Bright colours, Tie Die, comets, Mickey Mouse, anything. Let’s get weird.

28. Indiana

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Another yellow on grey. Yuck x2

27. Dallas

Dirk Nowitzki City Edition Swingman (Dallas Mavericks) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Swing and a miss Mark Cuban.

26. San Antonio

Pau Gasol City Edition Swingman (San Antonio Spurs) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Not bad, I’m just not a huge fan of replacing words on the front of jerseys with the primary logo. Just doesn’t do it for me.

25. Phoenix

Devin Booker City Edition Swingman (Phoenix Suns) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Not a tonne of wow factor here. I do like that its a louder purple like their old Barkley-era jerseys but its not different enough from their normal jerseys.

24. Pistons

Blake Griffin City Edition Swingman (Detroit Pistons) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

At least the Pistons tried something different

23. Washington

John Wall City Edition Swingman (Washington Wizards) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Boring but less bad than the jerseys I ranked below.

22. Lakers

Lonzo Ball City Edition Swingman (Los Angeles Lakers) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Purple with black pinstripes just don’t pop. The Lakers have had some iconic looks but this ain’t it chief.

21. Clippers

Some people dig this jersey but I think it’s kind of a rip-off of the 76ers look. Also the LA logo on the front looks too much like the New Balance logo:

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20. Portland

Damian Lillard City Edition Swingman (Portland Trail Blazers) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

This year’s take on the Rip City jersey isn’t as good as the old sleeved Adidas jersey (one of the few sleeved jerseys that were actually popular), but are better than last year’s City jerseys.

19. Charlotte

Kind of cool. I’d pop on a Kemba City jersey.

18. Houston

James Harden City Edition Swingman (Houston Rockets) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

These are pretty decent. A lot of fine designs in the background of the jersey when you look closely. These will absolutely pop off in China.

17. Cleveland

I initially thought that the jerseys were fugly, but I’m actually warming up to these bad boys. I can’t wait for K Love to get healthy and zipping around the court for the 2-12 Cavaliers.

16. Milwaukee

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This is the type of weird that the lower-class NBA teams need to deploy.

15. Sacramento

Fox, Bagley, Cauley-Stein and Hield make this 8-7 Kings team kind of frisky. These jerseys are very frisky.

14. Philadelphia

Joel Embiid City Edition Swingman (Philadelphia 76ers) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

These have gotten some heat in the NBA twitterverse for being kind of ugly but I like the look of these. They look like a complete throwback. These jerseys are like Rocky meets Hoosiers.

13. Atlanta

Men's Atlanta Hawks John Collins Nike White 2018/19 Swingman Jersey – City Edition

A slight OVO rip-off but these are still pretty cool. Might have to scoop up a Trae Young City jersey.

12. Golden State

Stephen Curry City Edition Swingman (Golden State Warriors) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

The Warriors haven’t really missed on a jersey since the Baron Davis era

11. New York

Kristaps Porziņģis City Edition Swingman (New York Knicks) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

I’m a huge fan of the stripes down the side look that some basketball jerseys use. Marquette and the Bucks uniforms are both very solid.

10. Utah

Rudy Gobert City Edition Swingman (Utah Jazz) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

These are good but I docked them some spots because Utah is the only team rolling out the same City Jerseys as last year.

9. OKC

Russell Westbrook City Edition Swingman (Oklahoma City Thunder) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

I like these way better than OKC’s regular jerseys

8. Toronto

These look a lot cooler than last year’s black and gold OVO City Jerseys. If they aren’t sold out yet I’ll have to scoop up a Kawhi one before it’s too late.

7. Brooklyn

Men's Brooklyn Nets D'Angelo Russell Nike Black 2018/19 Swingman Jersey – City Edition

6. Boston

Kyrie Irving City Edition Swingman (Boston Celtics) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

Simple and effective.

5. Chicago

Men's Chicago Bulls Lauri Markkanen Nike Black 2018/19 Swingman Jersey – City Edition

Chicago’s city flag just looks so cool on a jersey.

4. New Orleans

Anthony Davis (NBA) City Edition Swingman (New Orleans Pelicans) Men's Nike NBA Connected Jersey

These are infinitely better than the Pelicans main jerseys. Why is tan/beige a prominent colour in their design? Give me more Mardi Gras!

3. Denver

Shout out Alex English and the rainbow era Nuggets

2. Minnesota

1. Miami

The only thing that could’ve made these jerseys more MIAMI is if they somehow included Pitbull. The King of Miami. Mr. Worldwide.

If you want to show off a sweet jersey or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4

The Jersday Blog November 1, 2018

This week’s round-up marks the official end of baseball with a call for MLB jerseys. I’m going to cool my jets on the whole critiquing of entire collections. It takes a lot out of you to be as critical as I am. Also late in the blog I do a very quick power ranking of the NBA city jerseys that have been released. Buckle in.

Jersey Round-Up

Mid-2000’s Blue Jays Home Jerseys

With last night being Halloween, this is a double whammy jersey post. Growing up Roy Halladay was by far my favourite athlete (again gone too soon) and I wanted nothing more than too grow up to be him. Now unfortunately I was very small with an awful arm so those dreams would’ve been better spent on a profession that I could achieve like an accountant or horse jockey. Either way, in backyard wiffle ball (against my brother who is 4 years younger than me) I may as well have been Roy Halladay. We’re talking slicing cutters, wipeout sliders and some sweet chin music to keep Phillip honest.

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Now I couldn’t find my Halladay jersey but my brother’s Wells is still lying around. While the Jays current look is the best uniform set that they’ve ever had, I kind of miss these grey and silver bad boys. The “angry bird” logo on the front evokes flashbacks of Orlando Hudson smiles and Miguel Batista blown saves. If I could get my hands on a “new” Halladay jersey in one of their old jerseys nothing would make me happier. Because, contrary to what the losers and haters may say, I can’t squeeze into a Youth Large.

David Ortiz Home Jersey

Daaaa Jankees lose.

It sounds like Cam is still a little shaken up over my breakdown of his collection but quite frankly he should just move on and get back in the gym to refine his jersey game.

While I’m pretty indifferent about the Red Sox, Big Papi and his big dingers warrant some jersey appreciation. As a retired Red Sock(x?) Big Papi certainly isn’t afraid to show his bias as a member of the media:

Who cares? Papi is the man.

Dennis Eckersley Oakland A’s Home Jersey

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Oh buddy. Here we go.

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Sweet stache, the 1992 AL Cy Young AND MVP, a 1987 World Series ring, a lifetime 3.50 ERA, 361 games started and 390 career saves. Eckersley was an absolute cowboy. After over a decade as one of the best starters in the game for the Indians, Red Sox and Cubs, Eckersley reinvented himself as one of the best closers of all-time when he was traded to the Oakland A’s in 1987.

As for the jersey itself, I’ve always thought that the A’s jereseys have a clean look. The green and yellow colour scheme is very utilized with only the Green Bay Packers coming to mind as another obvious team that rocks the look.

Another Oakland A’s great hitting the blog. There is nobody better at stealing bases. Ricky Henderson is to base stealing as Joey Chestnut is to hot dog eating. He’s the best and it isn’t even close. Henderson holds the major league records for career stolen bases, runs, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs.

Rickey is also regarded as one of the biggest characters in baseball history. Supposedly he used to practice his swing naked in front of the mirror before every game while yelling “Rickey’s the best!”.

Well, Rickey is the best.

This is a very cool jersey. I’ve actually seen this jersey pop up once or twice in a Brock Sport Management class or at a bar in downtown St. Catharines. As someone who sides with Jordan in the heated MJ v Lebron debates and as a huge fan of Space Jam this jersey speaks to me. I for one want to believe the conspiracy theory that MJ turned to a career in baseball because David Stern secretly suspended behind closed doors for excessive gambling debts.

The Weekly Jersey Dump

An Impromptu Power Ranking of the new NBA “City” Jerseys

1. Miami Heat

2. Minnesota Timberwolves

3. Denver Nuggets

4. Chicago Bulls

5. Brooklyn Nets

6. OKC Thunder

7. Philadelphia 76ers

8. Charlotte Hornets

9. Detroit Pistons

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic

If you want to show off a sweet jersey or want to put a buddy with a jersey-buying problem on blast, be sure to send your submissions to me over Twitter @twaind4

Bench Talk Episode 10: Mike Scott’s Emojis

(0:00-18:32) NHL Playoffs
(18:33) Ray’s Red Wings Draft Lottery Simulator
(20:13) NBA Payoffs
(41:54) Toronto Blue Jays Facebook Live Stream Discussion
(44:18) Big 15-5 Blue Jays win + some Luke Maile love
(48:33) The Yankees STINK
(51:57) Sporcle Quiz: Every Stanley Cup Final and Conn Smythe winner since 1980
(58:29) This or That
Pool or Beach
Hot Dogs or Burgers
Campfire or Patio
Favourite Lawn Games

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Bench Talk Episode 9: Playoffs?!

 

(1:40) Toronto Blue Jays are hot
(7:50) Roberto Osuna’s 100th career save
(10:50) Shohei Otani aka The Japanese Babe Ruth
(14:31) Bartolo Colon International Man of Mystery
(16:50) Timberwolves vs. Nuggets
(24:10) Toronto Raptors Playoffs Outlook
(34:30) NHL Playoff Bracket Breakdown
(1:05:00) Cam calls in

For more NHL playoff coverage check out the Eastern Conference First Rund Preview from Cameron and the Western Preview from Ray:

EASTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREVIEW: FIRST ROUND BREAKDOWN AND PREDICTIONS

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFF PREVIEW: FIRST ROUND BREAKDOWN AND PREDICTIONS

Overreacting to Game 1 of 162

There’s no better way to take the wind out of your sails like a deflating 6-1 loss on Opening Day. A five run loss isn’t quite a complete demolition job by any means. But the fact that the Jays only mustered two hits while the Yankees wracked up 11 hits and 24 total bases makes me feel fortunate that they only lost by five runs.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no stranger to a Blue Jays Opening Day loss, so this game should just be another drop in the bucket. But after watching how Toronto lost game, this is easily the most worried that I’ve been after game # 1 on the schedule.

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Making sense of Toronto’s offseason so far

Last week the Jays made a couple of moves that gave off a flicker on heat in an otherwise dormant hot stove. First they signed 36 year old outfielder Curtis Granderson to a one year $5 mil deal and followed up that huge pickup by trading for Randal Grichuk by sending reliever Dominic Leon and prospect Connor Greene to the St. Louis Cardinals. Old Man Granderson still has some life in his bat and his 2017 splits versus right handers (21 home runs and a 114 OPS+) should at the very least make him a good platoon guy in a corner outfield spot. The 26 year-old Grichuk is under team control through 2020, plays all three outfield spots well and makes up for a low .285 OBP with some 20+ home run pop.

In a vacuum both moves are smart seeing as they didn’t cost the Blue Jays a lot and improve the Jays incrementally by bolstering their big league depth. In spite of that both moves have been surprisingly divisive among the fan base. While I’d like to think there’s a large group of fans that understand that these moves are low risk, medium reward moves, a lot of fans are waiting for the Blue Jays answer to the Giancarlo signing (or to blow the team up with a Josh Donaldson trade). As is stands right now, assuming the Jays carry a typical seven man bullpen, here’s how their lineup looks:

C: Russel Martin
1B: Justin Smoak
2B: Devon Travis
SS: Troy Tulowitski
3B: Josh Donaldson
LF: Curtis Granderson
CF: Kevin Pillar
RF: Randal Grichuk
DH: Kendrys Morales
C2: Luke Maile
IF: Yangervis Solarte
OF: Ezequiel Carrera
OF: Steve Pearce

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After the moves last week the Jays have an estimated $10-15 mil left in their budget to acquire a fifth starter and upgrade the backup catcher and bullpen. This team is not a finished product right now and there are good moves to be had. But all of Jays Nation seems to have the same question that I have: what’s the end game here?

From what I can tell the 2018 Toronto Blue Jays are going to field the best team possible within their budget, without mortgaging their future in their last season of the Donaldson contract. While these moves aren’t sexy the Jays  manage to win 76 games last year with a team despite some major setbacks. Donaldson was either on the DL or playing hurt for the majority of the year, 2016 Cy Young candidate Aaron Sanchez only pitched 36 innings, and the team had to hand 1,507 at bats to the dreadful trio of Darwin Barney, Ryan Goins and Jose Bautista (sporting OPS+ of 57, 68 and 76 and a combined WAR of -2.6). Even if Granderson, Grichuk and Solarte provide replacement-level production, which to be clear would be wildly disappointing, the Jays would be nearly 3 wins better than last year almost through addition by subtraction. Barring catastrophic injuries the Jays will be in the Wild Card hunt in 2018. But even given this, the Toronto offseason has been one of the most bleak in recent memory.

It’s easy to mock the ranting mouth breathers that light up the lines of Wilner’s Jays Talk. They generally don’t look at any numbers, they think everyone on the team is trash, but they feel that they can package the previously mentioned trash for a package including Mike Trout, a re-animated Babe Ruth, and left-handed pitcher Jésus Christ. But lost among the easily brushed off silly-talk is the backbone of sports: passion.

At the end of the day sports is an entertainment industry and is supposed to be an escape from from the daily grind of real life. Sports are nothing without the fans. But I feel as though the cold-calculating analytical thinking that runs front offices has started to bleed too much into fandom. I personally love to dive into the numbers and read up on nuanced numbers that go deeper than what we’re seeing on the field. But I feel like baseball has turned into a big game of math where the geniuses scoff at baseball fans who are simply looking to be entertained.

I actually like the Atkins and Shapiro front office. But I wouldn’t trade that last season of Alex Anthopolous for anything. Alex thought he had a winning hand, pushed the chips into the middle of the table and took his best shot at the World Series. Huge trades or signings can energize a fanbase like no other. Whether sincere or not it gives the basic appearance that ownership and management care about the product on the field. That 2015 Blue Jays season was the most exciting time I’ve had as a sports fan period.

Now after the fact there is a narrative among “smarter” Jays fans that, “Well Anthopolous jeopardized the team’s future. While the Blue Jays were at .500 when they made those trades, they had one of the best run differentials in the league and would’ve likely went on that stretch whether they had Price or not. Now they’re locked into a terrible Tulowitzki contract and a depleted farm system for one playoff run.” This is a real take that I’ve read multiple time over the past year and to that I say: baseball games aren’t played on a spreadsheet poindexter.

Fan perception does matter. Fans watch the games. Fans buy the tickets. Fans buy the merch. I do think the current Blue Jays front office has actually done a ton of good things to build a better organization from the big club down to Blue Field Blue Jays in rookie ball. But even they would have to admit that, what might be unfair because of the heat of the Anthopolous departure on day one of the job, Shapiro has not been received well by the majority of the fanbase,

The purpose of this piece is not to rip Blue Jays ownership for not spending more. The team had the fifth highest payroll in the league last year. Without the crazy lucrative television deals and sponsorships that the big American markets have, you can’t truly expect Rogers to shovel even more money at the roster. My biggest gripe is the million dollar nickel-and-diming economics lesson that baseball has turned into while the MLB has a handful of teams have unlimited budgets. It’s tough when you see the fun that Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers fans have every offseason while I cling to my Al Alburquerque minor-league deals. You’re always reminded that baseball is a business and that has never been more evident than this offseason.

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