Botched cake leads to belated birthday surprise for young Toronto Maple Leafs fan in Montreal – Global News
Jacob Bertrand, a die-hard hockey fan, will be heading to Toronto in February to see his favorite team in action — the Maple Leafs.
It’s a belated birthday gift from Maple Leaf Foods for the now eight-year-old, who lives in Mascouche, a suburb northeast of Montreal.
But Jacob, won’t be going alone. The company is gifting tickets to the whole family, as well as $300 worth of coupons for Maple Leaf bacon.
And it all stems from a birthday cake mishap.
Jacob celebrated his birthday over the weekend, and despite having his cake, he didn’t eat it too.
“It wasn’t the right kind of cake,” he said. “I was sad.”
That’s because the bakery printed the wrong logo on his cake. Instead of the Toronto Maple Leafs logo, the cake was decorated with the Maple Leaf Foods logo.
Jacob’s Dad, Mathieu Bertrand, says it was an honest mistake.
The baker asked for the logo beforehand, but not anticipating any problems, Bertrand asked her to Google it.
“She tried her best, because we asked her to Google it,” he said. “If you Google it, the first maple leaf sign that comes out is the logo for Maple Leaf Foods.”
Epic parent fail: Maple Leaf cake isn’t quite what boy expected
The story of the botched birthday cake quickly went viral after a photo was posted online. From there, it wasn’t long before it caught the attention of Maple Leaf Foods in Toronto.
Chief operating officer Curtis Frank, for his part, was rather impressed with the artistry involved in the baked cake.
“Wow, I think that’s a pretty good-looking Maple Leaf logo,” he said, but admitted it wasn’t about the cake.
“At the end of the day, no one wants to see a young man disappointed on his birthday.”
That’s when the company decided to step in and right a wrong.
“We had an opportunity to stand up and do what was right to help him out,” he said.
Jacob told Global News he’s excited about his upcoming trip and is eager to cheer his team on.
But for Jacob, the icing on the cake would be to meet his favourite player, John Tavares.
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Blue Jays cut ties with pitcher Anthony Bass amid backlash over anti-LGBTQ social media post – CBC Sports
Reliever Anthony Bass has been designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays.
It’s the latest development in a controversy that began last week when Bass shared a social media post that supported anti-LGBTQ boycotts.
Bass, who made a public apology last week for the post, had been scheduled to catch the ceremonial first pitch by LGBTQ advocate leZlie Lee Kam when the Jays hosted Minnesota on Friday night to kick off their Pride Weekend.
The Blue Jays said pitcher Kevin Gausman would catch the first pitch instead.
WATCH | ‘Distraction’ of Bass saga a factor in parting ways:
The decision to include Bass was met with criticism by some on social media.
Bass has a 0-0 record and 4.95 earned-run average over 22 appearances this season.
Toronto called up right-hander Mitch White in a corresponding roster move.
Bass had shared a since-deleted video post urging others to spurn Target and Bud Light over the support they showed for the LGBTQ community.
He said in a scrum that he initially did not think the video post — which described the selling of Pride-themed merchandise as “evil” and “demonic” — was hateful.
“That’s why I posted it originally,” he said. “When I look back at it, I can see how people can view it that way and that’s why I was apologetic.”
WATCH | Bass apologizes for Instagram post:
Before Friday’s game, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the decision to cut Bass was primarily motivated by performance and not by the pitcher’s off-the-field circumstances.
“There’s a myriad of variables,” Atkins said. “Performance is usually the driving one and performance was a large aspect of this decision. Distraction was a small part of it and something we had to factor in.”
Atkins refused to say whether Bass would still be on the team if his performance had been better.
“We’re trying to build the best possible team we can build,” Atkins said. “This was a baseball decision to make our team better.”
Atkins also said it was not “a realistic option” for Bass to land in Toronto’s minor league system.
“We won’t stand in his way to be with another organization,” Atkins said.
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Stanley Cup Final: Matthew Tkachuk exits after huge hit, returns to send Game 3 to OT
Matthew Tkachuk is well-known around the NHL for his elite combination of skill and grit, one of the few superstars in the league who can affect the game in a variety of ways.
Tkachuk got a taste of his own medicine in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night when Vegas Golden Knights forward Keegan Kolesar caught him with a crushing hit in open ice early in the first period.
Tkachuk was slow to get up, stumbling to his feet before slowly skating over to the Panthers’ bench.
The 25-year-old remained in the game for his next shift on the power play, but was visibly uncomfortable. After speaking with trainers on the bench, Tkachuk was seen heading down the tunnel and remained there for the first of the opening frame. While the immediate concern for Tkachuk was a head injury, he was seen favouring his right shoulder on the bench.
He returned to play early in the second period and would finish the game.
And, as he has all playoffs long, Tkachuk came up clutch for the Panthers once again, despite being battered and bruised, tying the game at two goals apiece late in the third period to send Game 3 to overtime.
Florida would go on to win the game in overtime after Carter Verhaeghe‘s shot found its way to the back of the net with none other than Matthew Tkachuk screening Vegas goaltender Adin Hill.
Tkachuk dished out arguably the biggest hit of the postseason in Game 2 when his flattened Vegas star forward Jack Eichel in the second period.
Eichel would eventually return to the game and add an assist to his team-leading 22 points in the playoffs.
Tkachuk leads the Panthers in points with 24, playing a pivotal role in Florida’s unlikely run to the Stanley Cup Final.
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