So how exactly did the Jays respond to being completely shut down by a rookie Yankee (and also perhaps to the mere suggestion that Edwin Encarnación should’ve bunted on Monday)?
By scoring 19 runs and reminding the Yankees just who the class of the division is.
It looked bleak on Tuesday after Marco Estrada dug a rather large offensive hole. The Yankees pushed through the top of the fifth through the pouring rain to make the game official. After watching the Jays struggle to score even one run the night before, this was bad.
Somehow the rain delay was what was needed to break the offense out of its slumber because the Jays came out swinging and scored 12 unanswered runs and flipped the table on New York.
Russell Martin contributed massively to the score with two homeruns. He just really seems to enjoy pounding the Yankees and I can’t say I mind it.
Another huge contributor was Edwin Encarnación. Interviewed because he got to 100 RBIs, and dispelled the rumour that he:
- Doesn't speak.
- Doesn't speak English.
- Speaking English.
One can tell he’s a little shy and has to think a bit about what he’s saying, but this fully puts to rest the idea that he doesn’t speak English.
Richard Griffin once said at a Pitch Talks event that Encarnación tends to hold court in front of his locker and answers all their questions, he just doesn’t like to do it into microphone on tv or on radio. This interview made me happy because it's so rare.
He also reportedly tickles babies if one happens to be around when he's signing for fans.
This game felt like last year. It felt like no lead was safe for the opposition because these boys would just punish. Or in the parlance of Josh Donaldson, they are thinking damage.
Back to EE for a moment, I’d like to play this song for Mark Shapiro and the purse string holders at Rogers Communications:
Wednesday afternoon’s game was J.A. Happ’s 17th win. The Jays scored seven runs. Melvin Upton Jr. hit his first homer (and extra base hit) as a Jay. The Jays looked like the much better team than the Yankees, as it should be.
But no one cares about that shit because Josh Donaldson threw his bat in the dugout and had to be separated from John Gibbons when Gibby went over to talk to him about it.
The moment that launched a whole bunch of hot takes.
Few things: this wasn’t nearly the big deal some media people wanted to make it. Both sides, Donaldson in particular, minimized the issue post-game to the point that it’s become a joke.
John Gibbons managed that particular situation perfectly. Josh Donaldson was out of line and Gibby went over to calmly tell him it isn’t ok to throw your bat. It’s well within Gibby’s discretion to do this. He is the general and Donaldson is a soldier. He's a super soldier (Captain America, basically), but still a soldier. It also sends a message to the rest of them that the MVP isn’t above being told to stop being a suck when he’s being a suck. (This was, without a doubt, a situation where Donaldson was being a suck.)
Donaldson didn’t particularly like it, but his blood was a little up and Tulowitzki and Thole were there to talk him down. And why did they talk Donaldson down? Because they know Gibby is the general and he runs the show.
The legend of Josh Donaldson grew when he minimized the situation and said it was over his new Tom Ford perfume (and don't listen to those calling it "cologne", it’s perfume.)
This is perfect.
What? What is that stuff?
(Noir de Noir means Black of Black.) Per the Tom Ford website:
Dark. Sexy. Indulgent.
In short, the MVP smells like flowers. Intense, earthy and sexy flowers, but still flowers. Indulgent. It's fantastic.
This line is incredibly expensive and also delicious. One doesn’t drench oneself in it, but uses it sparingly. One of my favourite scents in the line is Oud Wood. It's just luxe.
Despite all the jokes after the game, interviews like this one still happened the next day:
For the record, Morosi, earlier in the summer, also suggested that the Jays should trade Donaldson to the Dodgers.
Summer music? Ok.
Finally, because they love us: