Long balls, a little ink and Blue Jays fever

Thanks to the Blue Jays bringing out their bats, Jays Nation can now bring their brooms to dinner on Sunday.


“They will do it in three,” Andrew Belluz declared at Mississauga’s Abbey Road Pub on Erin Mills Pkwy. “They have the horses.”

An incredible output of power Friday afternoon means the Jays are coming back from Texas with a chance to sweep the Rangers.

What a Game 2 it was. Home runs by Tulowitzki, Carrera, Encarnacion and Pillar sent a message they have some scores to settle with the Lone Star lawmen.

The best payback is not done with fists but with wood. But it was also the rockets thrown by closer Roberto Osuna that nailed down this win and calmed worries about his sore shoulder.

“This team is coming into its own at the right time,” Kerri Tamm said. “You can’t not watch them.”

A lot of families will be doing exactly that as they celebrate this Thanksgiving weekend.


Beer is not the only substance that’s big this Toronto Blue Jays post-season.

Ink is, too.

Yes, famous tattoo artist Scoot is at it again.

It did not take Scoot, aka Scott Mason, long to make his mark on Jays lore again this year. You might remember in 2015 he inked Jose Bautista’s legendary bat flip, which was captured by Toronto Sun photographer Stan Behal for an incredible front page.

The bat flip moment went from newsprint to skin at Scoot’s Queen St. W. studio on the arm of Bryan Bevins.

This time, it’s Edwin Encarnacion’s turn. And Mike Gallagher’s.

The Jays slugger’s walk-off 11th-inning wild card bomb to put Toronto into the American League Division Series was another incredible moment in time — captured again by Behal.

Scott knew he needed to get his needles going again.

He has lots of ink, and hopefully we’ll see lots more baseball, so who knows who could be next?


Jays fever is really rolling in The Six.

People are wearing Jays colours all over. Hello! Even British superstar Adele is sending her love to the boys in blue — proudly displaying her support with a Jays jersey with ‘Adele’ and No. 16 on the back when she was on stage in Toronto on Thursday, her third of four sold-out gigs at the ACC.

“Everyone is so excited for the Jays, the atmosphere is over-the-top electric!” said Michelle Zanussi, manager/bartender at Scruffy Murphy’s on the East Mall.

The Boston Pizza on Eglinton Ave. W. in Mississauga and Mulligan’s on Dundas were all packed for the first two games.

At the Boston Pizza they had a loud siren blare after every big play to get the place jumping.

No one was throwing beer cans. But they were drinking a few.


Things have moved at a quick pace since that beer can flew from the stands at Rogers Centre on Tuesday night. There was the Kennedy assassination-level video and photo sleuthing online, competing theories on a blond woman vs. ghosts vs. alleged can thrower Ken Pagan, who was charged Thursday night with mischief after a suspect photo was released by police the day before.

There are new policies against cans coming in at Rogers Centre ahead of Sunday night’s game. The team has apologized to the Baltimore Orioles and Major League Baseball.

Toronto’s been thrust into the international spotlight once again.

This whole thing has been great for comedians. Newstalk 1010’s Mike Bullard, a veteran of Toronto’s comedy scene, has been busy working on material.

Budding comedian Ryan Clarke, 26, of Omemee, said he develops his standup show by walking around Toronto and soaking it all up.

It’s been comedy gold all week.

I can’t wait to see Mike, Ryan and one of my favourites, Glen Foster, do their thing on this.


It’s amazing that what Trent Hills Mayor Hector Macmillan could not get done in months in Ontario, he got done in just three days in Germany.

Yes, folks, thanks to Nanoknife technology, German doctors removed the cancerous tumour from his pancreas.

“I feel great,” the mayor said from his hospital bed. “Doing awesome.”

He was not able to get that surgery here in Ontario or get OHIP to cover the cost of having it done in the United States. Thanks to generous people who crowdfunded $50,000 — short of the $300,000 he’d need to pay for surgery in Kentucky but enough to get the procedure in Germany — he hopped on a plane and got ready for surgery.

When I saw him off at the airport, he was holding up an Ontario flag. This time, after his surgery in his hospital bed, he was draped with a Royal Canadian Air Force flag.

After all, Roy Brown and Billy Bishop both returned from Germany after serious battles.

Mayor Hec plans to as well.

And he will have a few things to say when he does.


I was hoping to combine a protest here in Canada to support our Afghan interpreters with a demonstration they’d like to hold at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul.

They held one there before, but the problem is it may be too dangerous to do again.

“The situation is a little bit fragile to do a protest in Kabul,” said former interpreter Alam Khan, one of half a dozen I correspond with. “The area is very difficult.”

There was a protest there recently over electricity and a suicide bomber showed up. Travel and accommodation costs are also an issue.

“We already did a demonstration but gained nothing,” Alam said. “The Canadian government do not like us, it is clear. That is why we haven’t received a single answer from them. It looks hopeless to me.”

It’s too bad they weren’t part of the Paris climate accord — our government might like them better.

I do admit I am running out of moves here, but if I could get one person to commit to helping me organize a protest, I will go to Ottawa to try to save these lives who deserve saving.

They did save our troops’ lives, after all.

And that’s something to give thanks for. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Scrawler out!

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