When will it end?

TORONTO — The Barry Bonds talk that is. It ain’t happening. Bonds isn’t coming to Toronto. Everyone needs to get that clear. OK, to be fair, it wasn’t the fan base that went crazy on the Bonds issue this time. The latest comes courtesy of Torii Hunter and TSN … sigh.

From Off the Record:

“I think Barry Bonds is a big pick up for a lot of teams,” Hunter told OTR host Michael Landsberg when asked about recent rumours suggesting the home run king might fit in Toronto.  “If we needed a DH, I think Barry Bonds would be a great fit. I mean, he’s one of the best hitters in the game. Why not have him?

“On the field he’s one of the best players to ever play this game, so why not? The Blue Jays should go after him.”

When asked about how Bonds might affect the Blue Jays’ clubhouse, Hunter said it was nothing to worry about.

“I think he’d be a good fit. It’s a different scene, a different clubhouse. That’s Vernon Wells’ clubhouse, you’ve got to respect that.. Trust me, he’s a great guy, I know him pretty well. I think he’s a pretty good guy in his own way.  You’ve just got to get to know Barry.”

Rumored to be a fit? Is that possible? I’ve heard of rumors that teams are interested in someone or rumors that a player was heading to a certain team, but rumored to be a fit? Well, sure, I’ll start the rumor that Bonds would be a fit with a lot of teams — maybe every club in the American League.

Moving on…

David Eckstein (strained right hip flexor) was a little sore after his rehab appearance in Monday and sat out of games on Tuesday and will do so again today. He’ll play on Thursday and will need at least two games in a row before rejoining Toronto.

Brian Wolfe (strained right triceps) has thrown a couple sim games and is another week or two away. Jeremy Accardo (right forearm strain) hasn’t started throwing yet. John McDonald (sprained right ankle) will be heading out on a rehab stint some time within the next week.

Toronto manager John Gibbons also noted that he doesn’t plan on moving slumping center fielder Alex Rios out of the No. 3 spot of the lineup just yet. Gibbons likes Brad Wilkerson and Aaron Hill in the Nos. 1-2 slots, respectively, and is hoping Rios can swing his way out of this skid.

Today’s lineups:

LOS ANGELES (27-20) at TORONTO (23-24)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre

Chone Figgins, 3B
Gary Matthews Jr., RF
Vladimir Guerrero, DH
Garret Anderson, LF
Torii Hunter, CF
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Mike Napoli, C
Sean Rodriguez, 2B
Maicer Izturis, SS


Brad Wilkerson, RF
Aaron Hill, 2B
Alex Rios, RF
Scott Rolen, 3B
Matt Stairs, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Shannon Stewart, LF
Gregg Zaun, C
Marco Scutaro, SS

PITCHING: RHP Shaun Marcum


  1. Enigma_D17@hotmail.com

    It ends when or if he signs with a team. Jordan, I think you should get away from the team again lol. They were hitting well while you were gone. All kidding aside it’s great to be reading your blogs again.

  2. bosoxbrian@tampabay.rr.com


    I am very surprised to here you didn’t have any travel issues. No flat tire? Are you telling us your road trip to Chicago went just great?

    What do you think of Wilkerson leading off ?

    The Jays pitchers must feel they have to pitch a shutout to win. Alot of pressure on them when they take the hill.

    All Toronto has to do is have Boston come to Toronto and they’ll start to hit and win some games.

  3. bosoxbrian@tampabay.rr.com


    What are your thoughts of the N.B.A. playoffs? The Bulls with the #1 pick, Rose to Chicago? He is a local kid, makes sense to me.

    Spurs blew a 20 point lead tonight and lost.

    L.A. vs Boston in the N.B.A. Finals, that would be AWESOME!!!!

  4. jordanbastianmlb

    Believe it or not, our vaca in Chi went well and went smoothly. The only travel issue was us Americans — the Wife and I — forgetting about the Canadian holidy on Monday and getting stuck on the bridge at the border for nearly two hours late that night. Other than that, no problemo.

    As for Wilk in the leadoff slot, I’m not the biggest fan of it, considering he’s hitting below .200 and has a low OBP since joining the Jays. He wasn’t exactly hitting that well in Seattle either. But what are the other options? I didn’t like Eckstein there, either, and I really don’t like Rios as the table setter. Dare I side with Mike Wilner and say Lyle Overbay should lead off? Dude does have a .370 OBP or something near there right now.


  5. jordanbastianmlb

    BOSOX, I need to go home…it’s 12:07. But, yeah, I’m definitely excited about Da Bulls getting the first pick. Rose would make sense — local kid — but the Bulls have Heinrich. So that could be a tough call. I might be happier with a guy like Michael Beasley from Kansas State. Although, Rose is pretty sick. And I don’t care who comes out of the West, so long as its to play the Celts. I’m not a Detroit fan — I went to college with enough Piston fans to make me dislike that club more than I did growing up in Chi. I’d love to see Lakers-Celts, no doubt, but I have always liked the Spurs, too.

  6. bosoxbrian@tampabay.rr.com


    I had alot of respect for the Lakers. So many great names like Magic, Kareem and Worthy. Also guys like Byron Scott and Michael Cooper were solid. I did not like Pat Riley though, lol.

    The Pistons were a team I did not like at all. In all my life watching sports, Isiah Thomas is my all time villan. I am no fan of his. Laimbeer and others I didn’t like as well. I really like Dumars, he seems like a classy guy. Vinnie Johnson of course killed the Celtics. Nicknamed the microwave by Danny Ainge. It should be a great series in the East and the West as well. David Stern is praying for a L.A. vs Bos. N.B.A. Finals.

  7. terence1

    I sure understand the frustration of border crossings,as I have to do it myself on a regular basis.
    Equally frustrating is these Jays.I think what bugs me most is these guys are competing and in almost every game but just can’t get those runs across when they need it most.Without the pitching, .500 would be a distant memory.
    On the optomistic side,if they were to start bringing in about even 40% of the runners in scoring position and burying opposing pitchers while they have them on the ropes,this club would be right up there in the east.

  8. terence1

    You are exactly right! We don’t need anyone,we need who we have to start hitting with runners on and bringing them home.This team has been in every game this season with the exception of 2 or 3. One bat won’t help this problem … everyone has to get goin.

  9. goodluckdoc

    When is the Baseball draft?

    What picks do the jays have?

    And who do you think we are going to pick up?

    Any specific positions JP is looking for?

  10. rmatty39@hotmail.com

    I am here daily, sometimes multiple times through out the day… I don’t post very often but I’m always here so keep the blogs coming Jordan.

    I agree that the Bonds talk ends when he signs or the season ends and only then… It’s still not right that the best player we have seen is not playing when he still is capable and willing.

  11. caleb-park@hotmail.com

    Looks like the Padres are heading towards rebuilding. Word is names like Maddux, Giles, and Iguchi (also some of their relievers, not named hoffman) are likely up for sale. It’s a bit early, but it will be interesting to see how this unfolds as the season continues. What i’m wondering about is if Adrian Gonzalez will be dangled. If so, it will be a sweet pick up for the Jays.

  12. nj.jaysfan

    tkpage, yup! I agree. I went to all 3 of the games in Philadelphia and it was great to see Rod hit like he did, and Overbay. They made a big fuss over Lyle on the Philly networks after the third game. Now the boys have got to start showing how hungry they are!

    Go Jays! Go Stairsy!
    NJ Jays Fan

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