Blue Jays Morning Brew: Sunglasses and Advil…


Let’s start this official playoff version of the Blue Jays Morning Brew by observing a moment of silence for the clubhouse staff who stayed behind last night to clean up after the Toronto Blue Jays. Not all heroes wear capes…

The Blue Jays let loose after clinching their first playoff appearance in 22 years on Saturday afternoon. Remember guys, a Gatorade before you go to bed and one on the dresser for when you wake up. From longtime Jays who have suffered through many trying seasons to newcomers that have completed one of baseball’s strongest rosters, this team is deserving in every sense of the word.

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Toronto’s focus will quickly shift back to baseball, though,with Mark Buehrle taking the mound in search of a sweep this afternoon at the Rogers Centre. With top spot in the American League now the new goal and the tiebreaker over Kansas City in hand, the celebrations might not be over.

Former spare parts  –  Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins have earned their success as much as anyone on this roster, and Sportsnet’s Jeff Blair takes a great look at the two former “spare parts”. Their work ethic and timely contributions have been noticed by the new guys, earning them a big fan in David Price.

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€œThose two guys are two of my favourites on the team, Price told Blair. The way they work. The way they go about their business. The way they play. You can call them table-setters if you want, but they are a huge part of what we do. Gogo’s defence and K.P. is going to win a Gold Glove this year. If not, something’s wrong. Both are very good at what they do, and great teammates.”

Pennington relaxing  –  Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet brings us this piece on Cliff Pennington, who is beginning to feel more comfortable in his new surroundings. “Early on, maybe I was pressing a little bit. You’re on a new team, a really good team, and you’re trying to help and be a part of it. In the moment, I didn’t think I was pressing, but now I look back and it’s like, man, that was a brutal first stretch.” He’s not wrong, either, but Pennington should play an important role as Toronto’s primary middle-infielder off the bench come playoff time and his consistency will be valuable.

Dickey hits 100  –  Few stories have made me feel as good in 2015 as R.A. Dickey reaching 100 career wins on Friday. His life story is tragic but inspiring, and Dickey’s humble approach to his late-career success holds some great lessons. Jamie Ross of has the story here.

“There have been countless people that have made an impact on my life. I’m not a self-made man. I’m a product of a lot of people who’ve loved me well. Tonight was the night to celebrate that a little bit.”

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