Curtain Call

Josiah and I had a great time at the Jays game last night. Seats right above the Yankees dugout, a game ball tossed to Josiah from a Yankees player, and Leafs backup goalie Curtis Joseph a few rows ahead of us - not even a Yankees grand slam in the tenth inning could wreck that.

One of the best moments on field was when Jays manager Cito Gaston yanked Jays pitcher A.J. Burnett at the start of the ninth inning before he had thrown a pitch. Why not make the switch between innings? Because Gaston wanted the crowd to have a chance to applaud Burnett, who may have played his last game with the Jays. The Star reports:

Jays manager Cito Gaston put aside baseball's etiquette for a moment to make it happen....

But at the start of the ninth, Burnett again walked to the mound. He warmed up for a moment. Then, before he could throw a pitch, Gaston came out to replace him.

As he began the short walk to the dugout, the love-in kicked off. First, the cheers swelled. Burnett, in his usual pose – staring straight at the ground – looked up tentatively. Then he waved a few times. The noise got louder. He pumped his fist. After he sat down, the fans began to chant his name. Burnett came out for the curtain call, tipping his cap. He looked carefully around, as if trying to embed the memory.

Nice moment and classy move in what turned out to be a good game, despite the loss.

End of the Hockey Night in Canada Theme?

Say it isn't so! 680 News reports:

Toronto - The hockey song Canadians have been humming to since 1968 on the CBC, and is as recognizable as the national anthem, may be cancelled, according to reports.

The CBC has been paying $500 to the composer of the theme song every time it is played on Hockey Night in Canada, but the licensing agreement reportedly ended Wednesday night...

The CBC has reportedly told the composer that it's no longer interested in paying the fee, and will move in another direction.

On the positive side, the Leafs haven't won the Cup since this theme has been in use. Maybe this is our chance.

TheStar.com | Not much hope for these Leafs

From The Toronto Star:

Rock bottom, and with Halloween still three weeks away....

Losing 7-1 in humiliating fashion to the Hurricanes in the third home game of the season was a stunning pratfall for the Leafs, a group of athletes who once again had a lot of promises going into the season. Just more talk. Barely a bodycheck thrown last night, folks.

Glad I went to Saturday's game instead of last night's.