Jose Bautista aka Joey Bats and the ALDS Winning Home Run PLUS his Bat Flip from Hell.


Words cannot describe the feeling that I had when I saw the baseball leave the bat of Toronto Blue Jays Right Fielder, Jose Bautista yesterday afternoon in front of a packed Rogers Centre to give the Jays a 6-3 lead in the 5th and deciding game of the American League Divisional Series.

Like so many times before, Bautista (aka Joey Bats) came through when the game was on the line and he hit one of the most historic home runs in the history of Toronto Sports, right up there with the World Series winning home run belted by Joe Carter.

What made this home run even that much more meaningful was the reaction that Jose had after the ball left his bat, when he knew it was going to take a tense 3-3 game and open it wide up.

Jose is the kind of player that Toronto sports fans love, and embrace because he’s a wonderful role model, he’s a bright guy and he cares.  He plays with passion and he never takes a play off.  Playing all season with an injured shoulder and with tons of attention on Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, Bautista continued to be the real MVP on the team in the clubhouse.

For quite a few months this season, Bautista refused to do one-on-one interviews with Rogers Sportsnet in protest of the broadcaster’s refusal to pay the cost of a designer suit purchased by Jays rookie Devon Travis for a TV segment aired on Sportsnet on May 19th.

And now, the Bat Flip from Hell, showcases Jose, and the City of Toronto – plus the rest of Canada – and the passion and intensity we have for the Blue Jays and the game of baseball.  I’m positive it turned many a head, and while poor Sam Dyson and the state of Texas may be upset with the act, they need to understand the reaction was not intended to show up the Rangers, the pitcher, or MLB, but it was a reaction from a player who cares, who is passionate and who has played with the Blue Jays in the lean times and wants to enjoy the good times.

As former Blue Jays pitcher Todd Stottlemyre said yesterday afternoon on the Fan590, being a member of the Toronto Blue Jays changes you.  You feel Canadian, and you understand that the Blue Jays might play in Toronto, but they really are Canada’s team.

Heck, two of my three children are away at camp with their school and their teacher posted a clip on his Twitter feed of the bedlam that ensued after that home run.

It was an incredible day to be a sports fan!  Even better to be a baseball fan.  But a day like this comes by far too infrequently when history is made, and a defining moment plays out right before your eyes.  Jose Bautista’s home run and subsequent bat flip was witnessed by so many people in Canada and North America, and will be engrained in our memories forever.

Go Jays Go.


Here is the Bat Flip from Hell:

... and there she goes...

… and there she goes…

(I warned my ball hockey team that if I scored the winning goal at our game later that evening I was going to “bat flip” my hockey stick…  I didn’t score, thankfully for everyone).

Helping Support an Alternative to Traditional Left-Wing Media Coverage in Canada: The Rebel

Whether your political views are left-wing, right-wing, mainstream or a mix of all three, it has always puzzled me that Canada’s main news came from left-leaning institutions (and why institutions of higher-learning teach from the left as well – but this is a different issue altogether).

I’m not interested in getting into an argument as to the pro’s and con’s of left vs right, or to have people comment and stereotypically align the right with guns, anti-abortion and anti-immigration policies, much as I would not expect anyone to point fingers at the left for their union-loving, Robin Hood – take from the rich and give to the poor – approach.   There is a lot of every side to appreciate and to admonish.

Heck, in this Canadian election we have a very fiscally conservative approach from the NDP which has many voters confused as to where the parties lie across the political spectrum.

That aside, with the recent embarrassing treatment of SunTV – the CRTC refused to give SunTV a guaranteed spot on basic cable thus denying them the same exposure as provided to news channels operated by the CBC and CTV, and placed the channel very high up in the middle of nowhere making it very difficult to find – Canada is left without an opposing view on news stories of the day.

Heck, the mainstream media has referred to Prime Minister Steven Harper as the “Conservative Leader” and not as the “Prime Minister” regularly though out the Federal Election Campaign.

With the recent successful launch of The Rebel, Ezra Levant has taken the Sun TV staff, added, subtracted and tweaked the group to become an online powerhouse with regular reports posted on YouTube and the Rebel website.  Ezra, whom I know personally, believes in options for Canadians and he is passionate about presenting the news in the same way that folks at the CBC and CTV do on a daily basis.

The Ezra you see on TV is the Ezra who wants to attract viewers, bring attention to the station and do so through controversy.  If The Rebel were allowed to play on the same field as the other media outlets, you would see more of the Ezra who is deeply knowledgeable about all things Canadian, who worries about how Canadians can sustain a healthy, equitable life in Canada and who wants the best Canada possible.

With that, I have chosen to donate to The Rebel crowdfunding campaign to get them set up with a studio so they can begin to compete with stations which receive billions of dollars of Taxpayer money to operate.

I hope that you will share this, or consider supporting regardless of where your political views lie.

After all, its equality that the folks at the Rebel are looking for, for all Canadians, so let’s return the favour and help them get back into the game.

The link to their Crowd Funding page is hyperlinked above and I have included the link below:

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I Don’t Know What To Make About This: Woman Makes Yoghurt With Her Own Vaginal Bacteria

I like when people comment on posts because it means I potentially have another blog to follow / enjoy / comment on, which led me to follow the blog from which I came across this article this morning.

The post title is “Cecilia Westbrook Makes Yogurt With Her Own Vaginal Bacteria” and to be perfectly honest, I opened the article to read because4 I didn’t know it was possible to do this.

A couple of paragraphs into the post I realized this blog is a Christian blog – which I follow and read even though I am not Christian because I appreciate well written posts regardless of who writes them, what religion they are or what political slant the article takes.

I finished reading the article unsure if there is any truth to this claim, but I did learn that in the eyes of the very devout Christians, this woman is a very BAD, Bad girl.

There was a whole lot of mentions of hell, demons, satan (not Miro Satan of the NHL, either) and other stuff.

So I went back to the source of the article, and found it here;


Not having a vagina, I didn’t feel the need to read on, but my interest had peaked and I’m not entirely sure if this is a hoax site or a real one.  So I read on…

I learned there are cookbooks dedicated to bodily fluids (totally NOT searching that) and that the US Food and Drug Administration do not think this is a good idea because while there are probiotics in vaginal secretions, there are also imbalances which can cause yeast infections and you certainly do not want that flavour of yoghurt, do you?!?

I guess what had intrigued me was that there are so many pro-biotic yoghurts available for sale here in Canada, some even promoting better internal health, could the possibility exist that using human enzymes might be better than using something from a cow, sheep or pig?

But I had one last question…

If this post was written for a Sex Education feature on the website, why was the uber-Christian blogger reading it?  It just seems so… uncultured.


Here is a ink to the original article:

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Starbucks NEW Pumpkin Spice Latte Arriving September 2015. Updated.

My coffee sources tell me that Starbucks is set to roll out the new and improved Pumpkin Spice Latte in September 2015.

In an effort to rid their drinks of artificial ingredients and artificial flavors (as they do in Europe), Starbucks has reinvented the Pumpkin Spice Latte, with natural ingredients, without artificial caramel coloring but with real pumpkin.

Hard to believe that it has already been 12-years since Starbucks introduced the Pumpkin Spice Latte. My understanding was that he Pumpkin Spice Latte was not a slamdunk choice by Starbucks and that that they had tested an “orange cream” creation (yum) and when they settled on the “Pumpkin” drink for the fall, they were leaning towards using the name “Fall Harvest Latte” instead.

Word on the street is that when Starbucks tested the “Pumpkin Spice Latte” in stores they found out very quickly that their customers loved it and they knew it was going to be a regular fall / winter drink for the company.

Up until recently, you could not even purchase the Pumpkin Spice Latte syrup in store or online, but one quick peek of the starbucks online store at tells me it is available in wide circulation.

As for the new, revamped, Pumpkin Spice Latte… Real pumpkin.  Real spices.  It’s coming! Real soon.


So I went to Starbucks, tried the drink and I thought it was fantastic.  Its even better than the “original” one which I had always found to be a bit chemically.  The new Pumpkin Spice Latte is not overly sweet, and no where near too pumpkin-y.

It was satisfying and really does hit the spot as the weather turns cooler.

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Something I Missed While On Vacation: 31 Million Ashley Madison Users Have Explaining To Do…

I have not paid that much attention to the goings-on over the hack of Ashley Madison – I tried to explain the fuss to my kids and I said to them that it was a dating site for married people to meet other married people for… ummm… naked twister.  No, I didn’t say that.  I said it was a site for married people to meet other married people so they could become friends and go out sometimes.

While we were on vacation, there was a list released by the hacking group which put some or all of the information of the 31 million users out for public consumption.

I was a bit surprised that of that 31 million, 26 million were men, and 5 million women which means that either the data is skewed, that the 5 million women were very much in demand and quite busy or that 10’s of millions of men never found a twister partner.

My interest in Ashley Madison and parent company Avid Life Media (ALM) only lies in the fact that they are a Canadian company and that the site was created, born and raised here in Toronto.  I might one day look to see if I recognize any of the names, but to be honest, I don’t care.  I, like you, am busy with real things, like family, work, and other activities, and what other people do with their time and in their relationships is 100% their own business and no one else’s.

I think I have always taken this standpoint even from way back in the day when I was The Urban (Not Yet A) Daddy, and I want my kids to look at the world the same way if at all possible.  Marriage, relationships, friends, religion… None of this is my business unless you are forcing your views on me, and those views oppress, harm or place others in a lower standing than the rest of us.  Then I have a problem with it.

At the end of the day, strip away everything and you have a planet with land, and humans.  We are all the same.

I hope the Ashley Madison scandal blows over.

I feel bad for the people involved – I hope they choose to continue life as they know it, or that they get help and work out their issues.  I also don’t like to see personal data hacked, stolen, and made public, but I also admire the work of these hackers for taking a stand (if it turns out to be that and not a bitter former employee) and with all of the secrecy in the world it’s nice to know the truth every now and then.  It’s how we can hold people accountable.

What is your take on this?

How would you explain this to your children?


Here is the article that I read which helped bring me up to speed;

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