The Toronto Blue Jays entered a must-win game at Rogers Centre on Wednesday with guns blazing, starting off with a 4-0 lead over the New York Yankees and looking like a victory should have never been in doubt.
Though the Yankees crawled back to even the score at 5-5, that only set up more dramatics as Bo Bichette hit the go-ahead solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to push the Blue Jays to victory.
North of the border the story is clear: The Blue Jays kept their post-season hopes alive largely thanks to Bichette’s heroics.
Head a little south, into the Eastern part of the United States, and the narrative changes. Instead of a Blue Jays triumph, it’s a Yankees failure, and Gerrit Cole is to blame.
We’ve rounded up some takes to give you a taste of how things look south of the border. Here’s a closer look at what both national U.S. media and Yankees beat reporters are saying about the Blue Jays.
This article by NJ.com’s Bob Klapisch takes us straight to the point. Not only does he lament Cole’s so-so performance where he allowed five runs in six innings, he questions the entirety of the four-time All-Star’s contract.
Why does this nagging doubt keep hovering over Gerrit Cole, the fastball machine who was supposed to be immune to slumps? Cole is the Yankees’ best pitcher – of that there is no debate – but with the playoffs just around the corner he’s less reliable now than any point since signing that $324 million contract. If you’re a Yankees’ fan freaking out, imagine how the front office is feeling.
Cole didn’t have a terrible game against the Blue Jays Wednesday night. He wasn’t involved in the decision as the Yankees dropped a 6-5 heartbreaker. It tightened the wild card race all over again, so if you’re into late-September drama, there’s that.
But here’s the thing: Cole again failed to deliver a quality start, allowing five earned runs in six innings. The Yankees are trying suppress any outward sign of concern, but they need better from him. They need swing-and-miss dominance and the statement it makes in the opposing dugout. They need Cole to be invincible, not pitch like a No. 5 starter, not now. Not this late in September.
He did give credit where it’s due to the Blue Jays, though.
(Cole is) rushing to the plate, over-accelerating his arm, hence the regression of what really makes Cole special. It’s not just control, it’s control within the strike zone. But that shouldn’t matter to a heat merchant, right? Cole typically throws hard enough to generate whiffs whenever, wherever. Except the Blue Jays aren’t your typical adversary. They feast on pitchers who think they can conquer with fastballs only.
Come at us, bro was the essence of Toronto’s challenge to Cole. And he fell right into the trap. Four of his first six pitches were fastballs 97 mph and up. Result? The Jays took an immediate 2-0 lead, thanks to George Springer’s leadoff double and Marcus Semien’s two-run HR.
In YES Network’s post-game show, analyst John Flaherty mentions the various storylines coming out of the game, including Bichette’s two home runs, but quickly jumps to what he felt stood out most. Of course, it was Cole.
“You have to win the games that he starts. He’s got to be an ace. And when you’re down 4-0 after three innings, you’re down 2-0 after two batters in this game. And I can’t quite figure out Garrett Cole tonight. I mean, he was challenging the Blue Jays with his fastball. We always praise him for making adjustments during the game, I don’t know what he was thinking, Jackie. It took him three or four innings to go to the changeup a little bit more on off-speed. He was getting beat up with the fastball.”
Watch it for yourself:
ESPN’s Senior MLB Writer David Schoenfield gave the Blue Jays their due, highlighting Bichette’s performance and the high-flying offence that could thrill in the postseason, instead of focusing on Cole and the Yankees’ shortcomings.
Bichette is one of the rising young stars for the Blue Jays, but has played in the shadow of MVP candidates Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien. He had already homered off Cole in the third inning, and after taking a 96-mph sinker low for ball one, he drove a 94-mph sinker on the insider corner to right-center, just clearing the scoreboard for the 6-5 lead — an incredible display of bat speed to drive that pitch to the opposite field. Bichette exploded around the basepaths, slapping his chest and raising his arm as he rounded third base and eventually received a curtain call from the Blue Jays’ fans.
I think most hardcore baseball fans who don’t root for the Yankees or Red Sox would prefer to see the Blue Jays in the playoffs. TV executives, not so much. It’s not just that we’ve seen the Yankees and Red Sox in the postseason so much over the decades — and the Red Sox just won it all three years ago. It’s simply that the Blue Jays are fun, imposing and, frankly, would be the more entertaining team to watch in October.
They have Guerrero. They have Semien, who notched his 44th home run with a first-inning blast off Cole, to set the single-season record for home runs by a primary second baseman, breaking Davey Johnson’s record of 43 for the 1973 Braves. They have Bichette, who is hitting .295 with 28 home runs and 101 RBIs, meaning he and Semien became the first second base/shortstop combination with 100 RBIs in the same season since Bobby Doerr and Vern Stephens of the 1950 Red Sox. They have George Springer and the joyful Teoscar Hernandez. They have the likely Cy Young winner now in Robbie Ray (Cole’s second bad start in three outings all but wraps it up for Ray). They have the home run jacket, adorned on the back with logos of all the countries represented on the team’s multicultural roster and awarded in the dugout after each home run. They have Romano, the closer who is straight out of the 1980s with his moustache. They have those baby blue uniforms they wore on Wednesday, another relic of the ’80s.
— New York Post Sports (@nypostsports) September 30, 2021
The New York Post‘s front page cover is all about Bichette, but ultimately Dan Martin’s game column is about the Yankees missing an opportunity with Cole pitching.
Just when it seemed like the Yankees were about to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the AL wild-card pack, they took a step back with their ace on the mound.
They came all the way back from an early deficit, shaking off a rough start by Gerrit Cole, before their reliable bullpen finally faltered against Toronto’s tough lineup Wednesday in a 6-5 loss at Rogers Centre.
Bo Bichette took Clay Holmes deep to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning of a tie game and the Yankees couldn’t rally in the ninth.
The defeat snapped the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak, and with the Red Sox’s win over Baltimore, the Yankees’ lead for the top wild-card spot was cut to one game with four to play.
The Athletic’s Yankees writer Lindsey Adler started her piece with a subtle shot at the trigger-happy Blue Jays, and also focused on Cole’s struggles.
In an important battle of the Blue Jays versus Gerrit Cole’s fastball on Wednesday night, Toronto’s swing-happy tendencies won out.
The Blue Jays badly needed to beat Cole and the Yankees to keep their wild-card contention alive, and they took a first inning 2-0 lead while showing their game plan for the evening was to lean on their signature aggressiveness, which is what makes them such a dangerous offensive team. The Blue Jays swing often, they swing early, and they swing at fastballs. Their approach worked: They didn’t give Cole any time to settle into his outing or fastball command before attacking his fastball, the foundation of his arsenal.
Much like Schoenfield, she gave Robbie Ray the nod for AL Cy Young after Cole’s lacklustre performance.
The Yankees face a daunting challenge in their final game against the Blue Jays this season in facing left-hander Robbie Ray, who is likely to edge out Cole in the AL Cy Young race after Wednesday night’s outing.
'Don't squish them': Photos on social media show slimy, sticky salamanders in Labrador – CBC.ca
It was late at night when Adam Reid took his dog out and found a little salamander on his front steps. The Happy Valley-Goose Bay man says he panicked, thinking it was an escaped pet, and took it inside.
“I was like, ‘I cannot leave this poor little salamander here,'” Reid said. “It’s started getting cold in Labrador. Things get pretty chilly.”
Reid made a Facebook post and was surprised to learn that the critters are native to Labrador and even thrive there.
After confirming the salamander — who Reid had affectionately named Sal’ — was in fact going to be OK, he took it out and let it go in his garden.
“We had our parting words and a few tears were shed by my puppy who didn’t want to let him go. But I put him back in the garden and he went on his way,” Reid said.
“Sal, if you’re out there, I hope you’re doing good, buddy.”
Shylah Ernst said after Reid’s post, she too saw salamanders on two occasions outside her work at a local daycare.
“We found four smaller salamanders inside of an old tire that had some water in the bottom of it,” Ernst said.
The little amphibians were paraded around the daycare to show the children, Ernst said. However, they were all released back to the wild a short time later.
“Of course, they kept trying to pick him up. But we put him in a little container with some grass and sand,” Ernst said.
“They looked at him and they played with him in his little basket … they loved him.”
Salamanders more common than you’d think
Sean Boyle, a postdoctoral researcher at Memorial University, says people may not realize just how common the creatures are. He said they are an important part of the ecosystem but they are out of sight for almost the entire year.
“If you think in terms of biomass — which is the total mass of all of the individuals of the species — the biomass of a salamander will greatly outweigh the biomass of moose. So say you have 100 moose, you’ll probably have tens of thousands of salamanders that weigh more than all of that combined,” Boyle said.
There are two types of salamanders in Labrador — the two lined salamander and the blue-spotted salamander. The two-lined salamander is aquatic while the blue-spotted salamander lives mostly on land.
“Amphibians in general are really good at surviving tough conditions,” Boyle said. “These two salamanders specifically, they kind of just bury themselves, either in the clear running water … or they’ll bury themselves in the leaf litter in the soil and avoid the frost line.”
If people see a salamander out and about, Boyle said, they don’t need to worry about spooking it ,but he said don’t pick it up and avoid it if possible.
“If you do have to pick them up, just make sure there’s absolutely nothing on your hands. So that’s no no bug spray, no sunscreen, no moisturizer, anything like that, because it can be very toxic to them.”
Salamanders, like all amphibians, breathe through their skin and their skin can take in chemicals can hinder their ability to breathe, Boyle said. However, he said if people see salamanders, it’s most likely wild and not a pet.
“For the most part, if people have pet salamanders, they’re not the species that we would have in Canada,” Boyle said. “And so the salamanders that you see in the wild would look different than ones that were escaped pets.”
Ernst said she was surprised to read on social media that people didn’t know salamanders were in Labrador, but she said she did grow up seeing them out and about. If people do find them, she said please leave them be.
“Don’t squish them. Put them back. Leave them alone. Let them grow. So some people are afraid of them and they’ll like ‘uh step on that,’ especially when they’re small, but that’s a sin. Leave them alone, let them grow. Let them make a home here.”
Hollywood film-crew union reaches tentative deal, averting strike
A union that represents about 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers in film and television reached a tentative deal with producers on Saturday, averting a strike that threatened to cause widespread disruption in Hollywood, negotiators said.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees ( IATSE), which includes camera operators, make-up artists, sound technicians and others, said negotiators agreed to a new three-year contract.
“This is a Hollywood ending,” Matthew Loeb, president of the union, said in an emailed statement. “Our members stood firm. They’re tough and united.”
Shutdowns from the COVID-19 pandemic had caused a production backlog that led to crews working up to 14 hours a day to feed programming to streaming services.
The union had threatened to strike starting Monday if it was unable to reach an agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
A strike would have shut down film and television production around the United States in the biggest stoppage since the 2007-2008 strike by Hollywood screenwriters. It would have hit a wide range of media companies including Netflix Inc, Walt Disney Co and Comcast Corp.
IATSE was seeking to reduce working hours and raise the pay of members who work on shows for streaming platforms, where lower rates were set 10 years ago when online video was in its infancy.
IATSE, in its statement, said the proposed contract addresses those issues, including rest periods, meal breaks, a living wage for those on the bottom of the pay scale, and significant increases in compensation to be paid by new-media companies.
The new labor agreement is subject to approval by IATSE’s membership.
(Reporting by Lisa Richwine and Bhargav Acharya; Editing by Leslie Adler)
City of Brandon – October 16th 2021 Media Release – City of Brandon –
October 16th, 2021
Brandon Police Service Media Release for the Past 24 Hours.
At 5:00 pm on Friday afternoon, officers responded to a two vehicle collision in the traffic circle at 34th St and Willowdale Ave. A vehicle driving around the circle went over the curve and back into the circle, striking the back of truck in the process. Officers at the scene observed signs of impairment from the female driver of the vehicle and arrested her for impaired driving. She provided breath samples almost triple the legal limit. The accused, a 42 year Brandon resident, will appear in court in October on charges of Impaired Driving, Driver over 80 mg% and Dangerous Operation of a motor Vehicle.
A female youth was charged with assault on Friday. The accused was involved in a fight a high school in Brandon on October 12th during which she punched another youth several times. She attended the police service on Friday and was arrested. She will appear in court in December.
Theft Under $5000
A 34 year old man with no fixed address was arrested on Friday evening for Theft Under $5000. The charges stem from a shop lifting incident at a store in the 900 block of Victoria Ave on September 11th when a man stole $70 in groceries. The suspect was located at a mall where he was intoxicated by drugs and alcohol and refusing to leave. He was lodged to sober up and released for court in December.
In September, a female youth disclosed to police that she was sexually assaulted by a male at a residence in the 300 block 6th St. The victim reported she had stayed at the man’s residence and he provided her drugs. She was assaulted by the man while she was intoxicated by the drugs. The suspect, a 30 year old from Brandon, was located on Friday evening and arrested for Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference. He was released on an undertaking with conditions and will attend court in December.
A 44 year old man was arrested on a warrant on Friday afternoon. He was held to sober up and released to appear in court in November.
One person was lodged for Breach of Peace.
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Anyone with information on any unsolved crime is asked to call Brandon Crime Stoppers at 204-727-(TIPS) 8477, or by texting BCSTIP and your message to CRIMES (274637). Crime Stoppers pays up to $2000.00 cash for information that leads to the solution of a crime.
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