July 2012

The strangest celebration dance I’ve seen yet by Yunel Escobar and Brett Lawrie after the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tigers. These celebrations are getting outrageous and embarrassing! This one looks like a flamingo-ballet pose… *shakes head in shame*

Toronto Blue Jays Yunel Escobar (L) and teammate Brett Lawrie (R) celebrate beating the Detroit Tigers at the end of the ninth inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto July 28, 2012.

‘Shopped original photo by: REUTERS/Fred Thornhill

Yes, that’s right. This summer of 2012 in Japan, Pepsi of Japan has released the strangely-named Salty Watermelon Pepsi. Blech! Really? Salt in my watermelon flavored Pepsi?

According to Brian Ashcraft of kotaku.com, “the taste is very, very dry. Watermelon flavors in soft drinks or candy is often overpowering, but not here. It’s fizzy, but [it] doesn’t coat your throat in sugary syrup, making for a clean finish. There are salty notes, which means Salty Watermelon lives up to its name, but it also gives the drink more of a grown-up taste.”

Back in 2007, Pepsi of Japan also released Ice Cucumber Pepsi, which was even worse according to westerner’s tastes. What’s next, Soy Sauce Pepsi?

story credit: kotaku.com

The Canadian Women’s basketball team’s first Olympic match was a heartbreaker. They were leading 50-40 with 6 minutes left, but 2nd-ranked Russia ended up winning the game with an 18-3 run. The 11th-ranked team still has a slim hope for a medal.

Basketball team members from Canada jump in the air in front of the Olympic rings inside the London 2012 Olympic Village in Stratford, east London on July 24, 2012.

‘Shopped original photo by: AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett, Pool

How rare is it to see a catcher throwing as a pitcher in a Major League baseball game? Very. Jeff Mathis has now done it twice in 2012. In a 14-0 blowout, manager John Farrell was thinking of how not to waste using a regular pitcher in a game far out of reach of winning. Mathis said he hadn’t pitched since high school. He’s only the 9th position player since 2000 to pitch in a game. That’s how rare.

Mathis had to step into the starting catcher’s role, as catcher J.P. Arencibia is now out for six weeks after fracturing his right hand when a foul ball hit his bare hand. The injury is another serious blow to the Jays. Toronto now has 11 players on the disabled list and has had 13 on the year, including their #1 batter Jose Bautista with a sprained wrist. Even with all the crazy injuries this 2012, our Jays currently are 49 wins, 49 losses so far, and still in the hunt for the Wild Card playoff positions.

Catcher Jeff Mathis of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch during 9th inning game against the Oakland Athletics July 25, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

‘Shopped original photo by: Brad White/Getty Images

Footnote: Utilityman Yan Gomes is now the backup catcher. Top prospect Travis d’Arnaud (ranked #1 in Jays, #36th in MLB) would have been considered for promotion from the minors, but he had an unfortunate season-ending knee injury.

The prestigious honour of carrying Canada’s flag for the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games went to Simon Whitfield on July 27, 2012. Whitfield is one of the greatest Canadian athletes, who is in his 4th and final Olympics. He was the very first gold medalist in the Olympics’ very first triatholon in Australia in 2000 and a silver medalist in Beijing in 2008.

Back in 2000, when he won gold,  he was expected to finish in the top 20, and after the swim and bike ride events, he was 25th. Then, all of a sudden in the last 200m, he took over and won the gold in a stunning upset.

Canada’s flag bearer Simon Whitfield holds the national flag as he leads the contingent in the athletes parade during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium July 27, 2012.

‘Shopped original photo by: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

A breathtakingly beautiful photo of dusk settling over Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, with the Toronto Blue Jays on the field. Rookie Aaron Laffey pitched a gem of a ball game and the Jays ended up sweeping the Boston Red Sox (won all three games in Boston). Two of Laffey’s five starts this season were against Boston and he has yet to give up a run; he’s at 13 scoreless innings and counting! Go Laffey go!

Dusk settles over Fenway Park during the fourth inning of a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston, July 20, 2012.

‘Shopped original photo by: AP Photo/Winslow Townson

Footnote: This was also the day that the Jays’ GM Alex Anthopolous made a huge 10 player trade with the Houston Astros. We finally got rid of the terrible Francisco Cordero (batters were hitting .340 against him – that’s all-star caliber; only it’s bad for the Jays). We also gave them some minor leaguers and mostly unused bench player Ben Francisco, for some much needed relief pitching help with 3 veterans: J.A. Happ, Brandon Lyon and David Carpenter.

Update: The recently traded Cordero ends up blowing two saves the very first two games that he pitches for the Astros. Good trade AA… lol


This Video of the Day is so funny that you will lol! Denver the Guilty Dog is an internet star! Am I possibly the only one that hasn’t seen this hilarious video yet? (Apparently, it was a 2011 phenomenon) No matter how many times that I watch this, it makes me smile…

credit to Youtuber foodplot

Carlos Villanueva, usually a middle reliever for the Toronto Blue Jays, now recently turned starting pitcher (as the Jays have lost 3 starters due to injury), has won his 4th game and is now a perfect 4-0. In this photo, Villanueva shows his emotions, after striking out Cleveland’s Casey Kotchman. He pitched an amazing game, a career high 8 strikeouts in one outing, and in 6 innings allowed only 3 hits. Great job, Carlos!

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Carlos Villanueva reacts after striking out Cleveland Indians’ Casey Kotchman to close the top of the sixth inning, on July 15, 2012, in Toronto. The Blue Jays won 3-0.

‘Shopped original photo by: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Vincent Elkaim

I finally had a chance to watch the movie Taken recently, then I learned that they already confirmed a sequel (coming in October 2012), with Liam Neeson starring as the retired CIA operative “with a particular set of skills”. This time his wife is taken.

I thoroughly enjoyed the action and directing from the first film (by Pierre Morel) , but now they have chosen a different director for the sequel (Olivier Megaton). What direction/style will he bring to Taken 2? Will it be as good as the original?

As usual, the glorious trailer for Taken 2 looks awesome, action fans! And the director, Olivier Megaton has directed other action-packed films such as  Transporter 3 and Colombiana. The script is written by action thriller specialists Luc Besson and Robert Mark Karmen. And easy-on-the-eyes Maggie Grace will be returning too.

Are you a fan of Luc Besson movies like I am? Are you a fan of Maggie Grace? Are you going to see Taken 2?

Another great action shot of superhuman Jose Bautista, flying into 2nd base like Superman after hitting a double.

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays slides into second base with a double in the 3rd inning during MLB game action against the Cleveland Indians on July 14, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

‘Shopped original photo by: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

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