I’m about done with the Canadian narrative of the WBC. It’s certainly disappointing that they didn’t win a game, but given this tournament’s nature (it’s newness, it’s international venues, it’s timing) I don’t see it as a be all and end all issue. I’m not sure it’s worth getting worked up over.
There have certainly been great moments and watching a team like the Dominican Republic dominate with such passion and swag is certainly worth something, but the fretting about what it means for Canada, for Canadian baseball and also shaming the big names (Votto, Saunders, Axford), who could’ve played but didn’t, is petty and frankly, dumb.
What I tweeted last night.
Throw in Larry Walker on that list.
And follow @baseballalexis because lady does a lot of heavy lifting for the sport in this country.
This launched a billion memes over the weekend. (Both kids are stupid cute. Toddlers are so rude and delightful, but the baby rolling in SLAYED me.)
Memes are more organic than a list of phrases to put on photoshopped images of maple leaves.
The leaf, both in colour and style, is a bit curious. Looking at the artwork for a minute I wondered why they felt familiar. And I realized they look a hell of a lot like Molson Canadian advertising.
Given the history of the Blue Jays, how the team was owned and named by a brewery that wasn't Molson's, this is an interesting choice. The whole reason the team is the "Blue" Jays is because of branding. Of Molson's rival.
(It was fun when both Canadian baseball teams were owned by guys that also sold hooch. The 80's were great that way.)
Of course, the Jays are now owned by a huge media company and not a brewery. But still, curious.
It is, however, baffling that they used a hashtag that requires an apostrophe to be grammatically correct (and therefore make sense) and hashtags can't use apostrophes.
I tweeted about it:
This, btw, is a meme
When Dosh was told: