“Whatever their form—tiny or massive, domed or open, concrete or wood or brick, or bleachers made from aluminum—ballparks are host to something so spiritually, aesthetically, emotionally, and intellectually stimulating as to elevate them, whatever their architectural shortcomings.”Andrew Forbes Amen. It’s a lazy summer day and ball is done for the Jays and me. I only… Continue Reading The Utility of Boredom by Andrew Forbes Book Review
Good news: baseball is back. The Blue Jays play their first spring training game today, and to celebrate, we’re dropping the price of Andrew Forbes’s bestselling baseball essays, The Utility of Boredom, by 25% for the rest of spring training (so, until March 27)!
Baseball season is back! This is your reminder to use our free downloadable scorecard to score the Jays’ home opener against Baltimore (a rematch of the 2016 wildcard game!). And while you’re at it, grab a copy of Andrew Forbes’ collection of baseball essays, The Utility of Boredom, at 25% off from the 3:05pm start… Continue Reading Happy baseball season, everyone!
Hey, remember when we asked you all to guess the Jays’ (and Bautista’s home run) record back in March? Well, the time has come to declare a winner! GRIFFIN CLARK has won two tickets to the Jays’ July 30 game against the Orioles. They’re pretty good seats, too! Thanks to everyone who played along. Bautista… Continue Reading Blue Jays Ticket Giveaway Winner
Invisible Publishing is giving away a pair of Jays tickets to celebrate the launch of The Utility of Boredom by Andrew Forbes. And you only need to answer one question to enter. (Okay, two questions if you count the tiebreaker.) Correctly guess what the Toronto Blue Jays’ win-loss record will be at the All-Star Break… Continue Reading The Utility of Boredom Jays Tickets Giveaway!
You have two days left, Jays fans, to click on over to Any Price for David and add your clause to his contract. What would you do to keep David Price with the Toronto Blue Jays? Us, we’ll give him a free copy of The Utility of Boredom: Baseball Essays, when it comes out in… Continue Reading Our Price for David
I watched the last eleven games the Kansas City Royals played in 2015, and a few others before that, and rooting interests aside, I don’t believe there was a better team in baseball. That statement should be provable merely by the fact that they hoisted the World Series trophy Sunday night in Citi Field after… Continue Reading Meaningful Games: Wait Till Next Year
Rewatching the ninth inning of Game 6 is a bit like autopsying the body: at once informative and gruesome, and divorced from the subject’s life in such a way as to do it—the team—a disservice. Those last three outs—grisly, tragic, possibly avoidable—look nothing like the majority of the baseball the Toronto Blue Jays played from… Continue Reading Meaningful Games: The End of Something
I don’t know what it is about Toronto. I think about this from time to time, and come up with nothing bankable. I usually arrive at something not entirely capturable by language. Its Torontoness, finally, exasperatingly; its feel and vibration and smell and the speed and angle at which the wind comes off the lake.… Continue Reading Meaningful Games: Hotline Bling
The playoffs are a strange prism that can distort and warp and obfuscate, in which Daniel Murphy can look like Babe goddamn Ruth, or at least someone other than Daniel Murphy, and in which the historically torrid Toronto offense can suddenly flag, and wilt, and disappear altogether. If we were to speak disparagingly of bandwagon… Continue Reading Meaningful Games: Distortions, Aberrations, and the Potential for Heartbreak