Clinching Moments

TORONTO (Sep. 30) — Mother Nature has delayed the Blue Jays division–clinching party in Baltimore… but likely not for long. Though rain is expected to continue through much of Wednesday and Thursday in Maryland, the Jays need but a single… Read More

Brilliance Is About Team

TORONTO (Sep. 28) — It was the greatest moment by the greatest player of the greatest Toronto Blue Jays team in nearly a quarter–century. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have mattered. The bottom–of–the–ninth, walk–off home run by Josh Donaldson on Sunday that… Read More

22 Years — Long Enough

TORONTO (Sep. 27) — Well, not exactly 22 years. More like 21 years and 364 days. From Sep. 27, 1993 to late Saturday afternoon. The longest playoff drought in any of the four major North American pro sports. Finally, it… Read More

Ironing Out the Kinks

TORONTO (Sep. 25) — As we continue to iron out the wrinkles of my new website, here is a fairly accurate depiction of how the design will appear once finally completed. I’ve dipped into my collection for the purpose of… Read More

Martin Channels His Inner–Yogi

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 24) — On a day that was so much about Yogi Berra, it seemed fitting that a catcher — albeit for the opposing team — would deliver the key moment in a game involving the… Read More

Series Opener Ended Early

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 22) — The principal elements that have vaulted the Blue Jays into a semi–comfortable perch atop the American League East were all evident in the first 45 minutes of Monday night’s game at Rogers Centre.… Read More

Here Come the Yankees

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 21) — There was a glorious opportunity this weekend for the Blue Jays to maintain their 4½–game lead over the Yankees in the American League East. New York had a tough series against the cross–town… Read More

Note to Self: It’s a Nine–Inning Game

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 20) — I must have known the Blue Jays had not given up five or more runs after the sixth inning all season long. I must have been thinking of the Jays 20–5 record at… Read More

Sittler at 65

TORONTO (Sep. 17) — If this is what senior citizenship looks and sounds like, sign me up. There is no reason to wait for an official number. Darryl Sittler always made me feel good as captain of the Toronto Maple… Read More

Shanahan Made Heartfelt Plea

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 15) — It was unique, yet hardly a first among executives in our checkered sports city — Brendan Shanahan imploring roughly 3,000 Toronto Maple Leafs season–ticket holders to “not be embarrassed” as a fan of… Read More

What the Mags Are Saying

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 14) — Wasn’t it just the other night that the Stanley Cup got delayed on its way to the United Center by torrential rain that caused flooding in Chicago? It sure seems that way. But,… Read More

It Isn’t True “Legends Row” Without Keon

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 12) — Monument Park, beyond the outfield wall in Yankee Stadium, wouldn’t be the same without a plaque honoring Babe Ruth. That is no discredit to Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle or any other… Read More

Blue Jays Pitching Has Flattened

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 10) — We have told you in this space, without equivocation, that the Blue Jays are going to experience a hiccup or two during the September pennant chase. Their diaphragms are in spasm right now… Read More

Can Patrick Kane Move Forward?

TORONTO (Sep. 9) — The future of one of hockey’s most prominent players has been quietly debated this summer — quietly, because Patrick Kane is being investigated for a claim of sexual assault. Kane has not been formally charged, and… Read More

Blue Jays and Weather Sweltering

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 7) — As my late, Polish–born grandfather used to say after a few hours on the shore at Miami Beach: “Oy, vas it hot!” Sam Berger’s grandson was “Oy–ing” time and again beneath the sun… Read More

Our Birds Were Due

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 5) — Credit the Blue Jays, big time, for reducing their “stinker” ratio from three–a–week in June to one–per–month in August and September. Friday night at Rogers Centre was the first in awhile. A 10–2… Read More

It Won’t Be Long

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 3) — Baseball fans, get ready for some magic. Or, in the case of the Toronto Blue Jays, some more magic. Within two weeks — barring the unforeseen and for the first time in 22… Read More

Rare Quiet Night For Blue Jays

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Sep. 1) — During a remarkable August, the Blue Jays mangled the baseball adage that good pitching will beat good hitting. On the final night of the month, however, the rule–of–thumb prevailed. Right–hander Danny Salazar —… Read More
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