8:29 PM Eastern

And to honour my celebrating the year marking the true answer to Life, The Universe and Everything, I’m going to have a lovely dinner with my lovely bride and leave you blogless.

Except for the following:

I had a couple of conversations post-game, and I present them to you now.

First, J.P. Arencibia:

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Carlos Villanueva, who threw two strong innings in his second appearance since shutting down for a week with a numbness scare:

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And here’s the post-game scrum with John Farrell:

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Farrell was pretty dismissive of my theory that Edwin Encarnacion being a passable left fielder would mitigate the need for a guy like Ben Francisco on the  roster (though he was polite about it), but I think that may change as the spring goes on.

It was a wonderful birthday present to get to call a couple of innings of the Blue Jays’ latest win, and even more of a gift to have the Jays score five runs in those two innings, including a pair of big flies.  Here they are, for your listening pleasure:

Arencibia’s tie-breaking shot in the 4th:

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And Encarnacion’s insurance blast in the 5th:

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The Blue Jays head northeast to Kissimmee to meet the Astros on Thursday.  Dustin McGowan gets the start and is scheduled to throw three innings, Kyle Drabek is set to follow with three of his own.  Here’s the rest of the travel squad:  Jesse Chavez, Jerry Gil, Travis d’Arnaud, Yan Gomes, A.J. Jimenez, David Cooper, Jonathan Diaz, Mike McCoy, Mike McDade, Luis Valbuena, Chris Woodward, Rajai Davis, Anthony Gose, Travis Snider, Eric Thames, Brian Bocock, Michael Crouse, Ruben Gotay, Jake Marisnick, Danny Perales.

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8 Responses to “My Douglas Adams Birthday”
  1. 1.

    Happy birthday, Mike. As a fellow 1970′er, I too will learn what you get when you multiply six by nine, and in just a couple of weeks to boot.

    On to the Jays – while it may be a smokescreen, or the prelude to a trade, it seems that right now Snider is ticketed to start the season in AAA, reasoning being that a) Thames hasn’t done anything to lose the job, and b) when Snider does make the 25-man roster, it will be for good – no more yo-yo-ing. That being said, how much time do you realistically see Travis spending in a 51′s uniform?

    MW: Six by nine? Am I missing something?

    - mathesond
  2. 2.

    Congrats on your 7X8th birthday!

    MW: 7×8? 6×9? Is this a joke, or some Hitchhiker’s reference I’m not getting?

    - BuffaloSojourn
  3. 3.

    Mike,
    Happy Birthday. You did a great job calling the game. I hope they give you more chances in the future.

    Anyway, I am writing because I missed the Jerry Howarth interview with Jeff Blair but heard that it has created a buzz because it is in direct opposition to what AA said right after about Cecil.

    So I have two questions, what is your opinion about Cecil? And is there anything you can do to get the Fan590 to post the Jerry Howarth interview in the audio on-demand section on the website?

    MW: I have only seen Cecil pitch one inning this spring, and it was a very good inning, so I’m not really qualified to comment. Jerry has seen all three of his starts, but so has Alex. I know the Blue Jays want Cecil to be their third starter to start the season. There’s nothing I can do to get the Jerry interview up, sorry about that. There seems to be some sort of policy that when they interview one of the station’s own people, that segment doesn’t get posted.

    - JamieWine
  4. 4.

    Great calls the the net yesterday Michael! Happy Bday. Hope you had a great dinner with the Mrs.

    MW: Thanks!

    - Slingshot
  5. 5.

    My biggest issue with the Jays is the inability to take walks of our developed youngsters. Snider, Thames, JP, Lind. Is there a reason why this is happening? If the Jays are building a perennial contender OBP needs to be a big part of that push no? Is it a fluke that this is happening or a fundamental flaw in our system?

    Top 5 teams in OBP all made the playoffs the last 4 or 5 years (minus Texas in 07).

    MW: Arencibia doesn’t seem to be a guy who takes a lot of walks, but there are enough strengths in both his offensive game and in the fact that he’s a catcher that that can be overlooked. Lind has walked in the past, as have Snider and Thames, and one hopes that skill will return. You’re right, the ability to get on base is a pretty massive thing for most contenders.

    - Dave W
  6. 6.

    From another March 14 baby, I’ve always liked your approach and analysis, Mike and never knew why. Hope you had a great birthday.

    MW: Thanks! You, too! You, me, Albert Einstein and former Red Wing Vaclav Nedomansky.

    - Bob Simpson
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    You can hear the Jerry Howarth talk on the archives of Jeff Blair’s show.

    - Rory
  8. 8.

    Had to google it to be sure, and I was incorrect, it is 9×6.

    In Douglas Adam’s first book, the whole (purported) plot is to find the ultimate answer to the ultimate question of the meaning of life, the universe, and everything. Answered as 42.

    In the next book, the heros of course attempt to find out what the question is. The question is 9×6.

    9×6=42. The ultimate answer to the ultimate question of the meaning of life, the universe, and everything does not make sense. Perfect.

    While I loved the following books in the series,I feel The Hitch-hikers and The Restaurant should have been a two volume set.

    MW: Thanks for the explanation!

    - Buffalo Sojourn
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