Blue Jays: Jays Journal Podcast- “A Glimmer of Hope”

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 02: Justin Smoak
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 02: Justin Smoak /

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Jays Journal Podcast – August 2nd. “A Glimmer of Hope.”

Providence delivered a Blue Jays performance this afternoon that left many wondering if they still had one last surge of momentum left in an otherwise miserable regular season. With J.A. Happ striking out ten and some timely hitting by a resurgent Josh Donaldson, the team now finds itself 5.0 games back of the second wild card slot with 54 games left in the schedule.

Tonight’s action-packed episode is chock full of baseball expertise and sobering perspectives; we begin the show with a special appearance from the host and creator of the Jays From The Couchpodcast, Shaun Doyle (@JaysFromCouch), who joins Ari Shapiro with a memorable exchange involving his impressions of the 2017 campaign and keeping things in historical perspective (4:12), his thoughts on the impact of injuries this year (5:22), analysis of the trade deadline and how fans should interpret the moves (7:16), and what inspired him to pursue baseball as a true passion (11:29).

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Next up, we bring you our latest round table comprised of sports psychologist, Dr. Kristina Reihl (@DocReihl), minor league guru and writer, Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame), and our very own Jays Journal writer and blogger, Brendan Panikkar (@Panikkar37), who open up their candid thoughts on the 2018 ticket price increase and fan perception (16:02), on the prospect of contending and rebuilding (22:15), if the New York Yankees are the gravest threat to AL East supremacy (26:09), if the Blue Jays have a strong enough core to compete in the future (28:15), how speed must become a priority for this franchise (33:39), and how the team could benefit from a new blueprint to winning games (41:48).

Follow us @jaysjournal, the host Ari Shapiro (@ari_shapiro), and check back regularly for an exciting new addition to the website. Be sure to watch these accounts for your next opportunity to phone in at 1-646-787-8521. The show features a variety of formats including 1 on1 interviews, roundtable discussions, phone in shows, former player interviews and much more.

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“Ari Shapiro is the host and creative director of the Jays Journal radio podcast and is a freelance writer, interviewer, and producer. He’s appeared on the Fan 590 Sportsnet radio, 90.5 FM Extra Talk Sports radio, and is a proud contributor with FanSided.”