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

Blue Jays Finally on U.S. National TV

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 31) — At first, I thought it was a misprint. Then, I checked MLB.com and found it was true. As of now, American networks FOX and TBS are going to risk showing a baseball team… Read More

More Blue Jays Number–Crunching

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 30) — Back in 1984, the Detroit Tigers led the American League East Division from wire–to–wire and went on to upend the San Diego Padres for the franchise’s most recent World Series. The most phenomenal… Read More

Blue Jays Beat Detroit — I Think

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 29) — I’ve always wanted to watch a sporting event from the Goodyear Blimp and I believe I came closest on Friday night. If you wish to reacquaint with the divine presence in your life,… Read More

Obie Ended Our Longest Drought

TORONTO (Aug. 28) — Less than two months after his 75th birthday, Bob O’Billovich has been inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. His statue should one day be erected in Nathan Philips Square. The biggest sports names in… Read More

Can Blue Jays Be Caught?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 27) — It may be early to start looking at Magic Numbers but the runaway train atop the American League East is picking up steam. And, the question now clearly is: Can the Toronto Blue… Read More

These Blue Jays Like None Other

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 24) — It is official. At no point in their 39–season history have the Toronto Blue Jays so thoroughly dismantled an opponent over the course of three games. It happened this weekend in Anaheim against… Read More

Blue Jays Destroying the Angels

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 23) — Utter humiliation. There can be no other way to describe what the Toronto Blue Jays have heaped on the Los Angeles Angels in less than 24 hours this weekend. Consecutive victories at the… Read More

How Will Sportsnet Fare?

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 21) — Friday night and David Price. It’s becoming a date, isn’t it? A week ago, when Price took the mound against the New York Yankees at Rogers Centre, the Toronto Blue Jays were trying… Read More

Leafs to Wear Multiple Jerseys For Centennial

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 19) — Taking a page from their most storied rival, the Toronto Maple Leafs will brandish a number of historic uniforms during their 100th anniversary season in 2016–17. Two licensing sources tell me the Maple… Read More

Now, Jays Must Avoid Let–Down

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 17) — With an entire generation of greenhorns sitting shiva for the Blue Jays after consecutive losses to the New York Yankees on the weekend, there is suddenly an afterlife. There reallyis. No, our… Read More

Don’t Get “2–Lo” Blue Jays Fans

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 15) — Yes, the good guys had the right man at the plate. Troy Tulowitzki. The best–hitting shortstop in Major League Baseball. Two out and runners on second and third in the bottom of the… Read More

Richard Peddie Was Right

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 14) — The words rang hollow from one of our city’s most shrewd and reviled executives — often accompanied by a smirk that people interpreted as wry and disingenuous. Years later, however, the Toronto Blue… Read More

Blue Jays Roll Another 11

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 13) — What is it about the Toronto Blue Jays and eleven–game win streaks? On five occasions in the past 28 years, the ball club has strung together 11 victories. Not once, has it captured… Read More

Looking Ahead at the Blue Jays Rotation

By HOWARD BERGER TORONTO (Aug. 11) — In the short term, the Toronto Blue Jays are marvelously equipped to compete in a best–of–five or best–of–seven playoff series. To obtain that privilege, Alex Anthopoulos shredded the farm system he developed as… Read More
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