Did you know that onomeister is a hardcore Toronto Blue Jay fan? So, naturally I have a fondness for when I see a photo of a blue jay, because it reminds me of my favourite sports team! This is one of the best shots that I have ever seen of a blue jay, just so you know… Thanks to blightylad1


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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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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.

‘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

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

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

A great action shot with dirt flying of Jose Bautista trying to dive for 3rd base. Unfortunately, Bautista is tagged out by recently traded ex-Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis (now with the White Sox).

Chicago White Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis, left, tags out Toronto Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista at third base during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, July 7, 2012.

‘Shopped original photo by: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh