The game was Jays vs. Orioles, Ricky Romero vs. Jeremy Guthrie. Romero was inconsistent early on, dominating hitters before losing control of the strike zone. Guthrie was just missing his spots and missing them just enough for the Jays to crush him. John Buck had a nice at bat, taking a borderline 0-2 pitch at the knees for a ball before crushing the next pitch into the black of the batter’s eye in straightaway centrefield. Travis Snider also intensified his bid to make the opening day roster by hitting two home runs.
Ricky Romero settled down a few innings in and was making the Orioles look silly whenever he pulled the string. A new addition to the in-game experience is the introduction of an MC at these Dunedin games. Her name is Valerie and she is magnificent. She makes fans play rubber chicken games, throws out t-shirts to the crowd, tries to find the Canadian with the craziest sunburn – you know, regular stuff.
Koji Uehara came on in relief of Jeremy Guthrie and he was dazzling. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff but he wholly embraces the art of pitching. Changing speeds, eye levels, disrupting timing – he was doing it all, and making Jays hitters look silly. He made Johnny Mac look REALLY bad early on, but he made adjustments and then stroked a double. I was impressed with that at bat a great deal. Unfortunately for Koji, he sustained an injury. I’m not sure if he hurt his arm or foot as he was favouring both, but he immediately left the game. To replace him was a submarining left-hander named Alberto Castillo who made left handed hitters throw up in their mouths a little bit.
One thing I noticed was that Vernon Wells seems to have taken Joey Gathright under his wing. Vernon was constantly giving Joey pointers, patting him on the back and sharing a laugh. This could be good news for Joey as there was a point in time where Vernon was the premier centre fielder in the American League.
This is easily the best burger I have ever had in my life and all the toppings were free! My burger consisted of roasted onions, peppers, onions, lettuce and ketchup. Delish. The menu for Five Guys can be found here. And now, without further adieu, footage of our Jays!
Cito struts in.
Miguel Tejada hits a line drive.. as called by the Orioles fan sitting next to me.
Base hit for Vernon Wells!
Like a disobediant dog, Travis Snider leaves the yard.
The Johnny Mac at-bat I was talking about earlier.
Koji Uehara putting on a clinic.
Chad the Beer Guy.
Matt Weiters crushes one off the batter’s eye over the CF fence.
Joey Gathright’s crazy speed.
A single for Brian Dopirak.
A Paul Beeston look-a-like plays the rubber chicken game with Valerie.