Blue Jays Morning Brew: Happy Thanksgiving Edition


Jun 26, 2013; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) reacts after throwing a compete game 2-hit shut out against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I want to start this morning’s Blue Jays Morning Brew off with a hearty “Happy Thanksgiving” to our loyal readers and our hard-working staff members who are taking the day off to celebrate the holiday with their families in Canada. I am tremendously thankful for the efforts that our staff members for their efforts at Jays Journal throughout the year, and well as being thankful to you the readers for coming out daily to read it.

Unfortunately, I am one of two staff members based out of the United States, so while we have Columbus Day going on here in the U.S.A., I don’t actually have it off myself, so it’s on to business as usual.

One of those staff members mentioned above is Jay Blue, who runs a site called Blue Jays From Away and is also a co-editor at Grading On The Curve here at FanSided. He’s taken the rest of the weekend off, but show him some love anyway by checking out his respective work at both locations.

One thing I will be thankful for in 2014 is a closed dome when R.A. Dickey is on the mound. As Jon Hale at The Mockingbird details, Dickey’s splits when the dome is open and the dome is closed are pretty wide. Hey, if the Rockies can put their baseballs in a humidor to take out the environmental factor of Coors field, then I have no problem with the Blue Jays closing the dome for R.A. Dickey.

Want to make me really thankful, have the Blue Jays land Masahiro Tanaka! Joel Sherman at the New York Times relays that the New York Yankees are expected to be big players for Tanaka, and have the extra cash to get a deal done. However, he also says that the Blue Jays are one of the many teams interested in the Japanese right-hander. That said, it would be tough to imagine the Blue Jays winning a bidding war against the New York Yankees, even in a blind bid, without going to an outrageous point. Do we really see Rogers as going to outrageous to get a winning bid in?

And finally, since we are being thankful, Tom Dakers over at BlueBird Banter is asking Blue Jays fans about their favorite moments from the 2013 season. Tom’s favorite was Munenori Kawasaki‘s game-winner and subsequent “I am Japanese” interview. Mine was Dickey’s 2-hit shut-out of Tampa Bay on June 26th. Make sure you stop in and let Tom know your favorite moment.