Toronto Blue Jays’ slugger Edwin Encarnacion hits a solo home run against the Baltimore Orioles on April 24, 2013, in a game that was very hard fought and probably will be remembered as one of the best games the Jays played this year. It was highlighted by a game-saving throw ’em out by Rajai Davis that is worthy of being one of the best plays of the year by the Blue Jays (click HERE to see the amazing play – the throw, not the hit).

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Did you know that onomeister is a hardcore Toronto Blue Jay fan? So many games in a year to watch, so little time to watch them all. This game against the arch-rivals New York Yankees was a good one. Jays were down by 2 and had a breakout 6th inning rally started by Canadian sensation Brett Lawrie to score 4 runs , which in the end decided the game. Jays are finally showing some explosive offensive effort after going 8W-11L so far.

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Blue-Jays-2013-SportsnetDoes anyone remember 1992 & 1993? It’s the last time the Toronto Blue Jays, Canada’s only Major League Baseball team won the coveted World Series championship, and they won it two years consecutively! I still get shivers watching Joe Carter hitting that walk-off series-winning homerun. Wow, 20 years! Has it been that long now?

Fast forward to 2013. If you have been living in a hole, you may not be aware that the Blue Jays have had a very busy off-season with two blockbuster trades and several key moves. Now, all of a sudden, even Las Vegas oddsmakers have put the Blue Jays with the best odds of winning in 2013.

So what happened, you say? November 2012: GM Alex Anthopoulos makes a humongous trade with the Florida Marlins. This trade got the Jays an all-star shortstop and lead-off hitter Jose Reyes, all-star starting pitcher Josh Johnson, all-star veteran starter and ultra-reliable Mark Buehrle, and speedy utilityman Emilio Bonifacio who can play the infield or the outfield.

A few days later, Anthopoulos decides to give a second chance to all-star left-fielder Melky Cabrera who just came off a 50-game suspension for using a performance-enhancing substance.

Then, December 2012: the GM pulls off another blockbuster trade and gets all-star and reigning Cy Young Award winner (of NL) and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

Two main questions arise that will be answered as the season goes on: Will the team remain healthy, unlike the 2012 Jays that were decimated by injuries? Was the price of all the top-10 prospects and young talent that was given up in the trades too expensive?

There’s a real buzz going around Toronto and the rest of Canada. Toronto has been starving for a playoff-calibre team whether in baseball, hockey, or basketball. For the first time in 20 years, we have a team that can truly contend with the best of the best! This could be the year! I finally have reason to get Rogers One to watch me some HD games! FINALLY!

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Check out the well-made video below by a Jays fan of the 2013 Toronto Blue Jays! Go Jays Go!

OMG!! AMAZING!! Toronto Blue Jays Rajai Davis climbs the left field wall to rob New York Yankees Casey McGehee of a home run! No Blue Jay ever had scaled the 10-foot outfield wall at Rogers Centre/SkyDome and successfully catch a would-be home run into an out. Not Devon White, not Shawn Green, not Vernon Wells, all Gold Glovers!! (click here or the video link to the right). This is likely Davis’ career-defining game. Along with this incredible catch, he hit 2 doubles that drove in a career high 5 RBI’s. As the announcer says, this may be the Play of the Year!!

The wall at Rogers Center is 10 feet high. The 5-9 Davis, using the wall for a boost, timed his leap perfectly and reached over for the catch. Davis said, “It’s something that [hitting coach Dwayne Murphy] and I talked about earlier in the year. We talked about planting the leg, getting up over the wall. But it takes a perfect ball to be able to time that right, and then the ball coming down, it takes perfect timing. I think we were able to establish that.”

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Hilarious photo of rookie Blue Jay Moises Sierra doing a strange slide into home plate against the Oakland Athletics. This pose tells me that it was a horrible slide. I’ve played baseball and to make a slide like that requires a belly-flop slide and you feel like you got punched in the gut. After being called out, Sierra grabbed his shoulder like it dislocated, but he was ok.

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Okay, okay, this is not a Blue Jay photo, but the Oakland Athletics JUST beat the Toronto Blue Jays when this photo was taken, so the Jays are somewhere in the background of this AWESOME LOL shot of a prank on Oakland’s Coco Crisp who was actually pranked twice! Once via gatorade bath (you can see his drenched clothes) and once by A’s slugger Josh Reddick, who actually changed into his Spiderman costume in five minutes immediately after the game.

Coco Crisp won the game 5-4 in 15 innings with a walk-off sacrifice fly. Yes, I agree, his name should be made into a cereal or candy bar.

Oakland Athletics’ Josh Reddick, left, dressed as Spiderman, hits teammate Coco Crisp with a pair of shaving cream pies after their 5-4 win in 15 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in Oakland, Calif.

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Would you drive 20 hours from Saskatoon, Canada to Seattle, WA to get your homemade giant baseball signed by your favourite Canadian Toronto Blue Jay player, Brett Lawrie? Well, hardcore fan Erica Kondra did. Kerazy…

Toronto Blue Jays fan Erica Kondra peers into the Blue Jays dugout hoping to get player Bret Lawrie to autograph her handmade giant baseball before the start of the Blue Jays game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, August 1, 2012. Kondra drove 20 hours from Saskatoon to attend this matchup.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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