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Time goes by so slowly

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It’s amazing how much I’ve come to neglect this space — this corner – of late. My excuse: I’ve devoted myself to the Adventures of Joe West. If you haven’t noticed, Joe West’s silhouette has replaced that of a batter in the NotGraphs logo. Since Joe West’s first adventure just over two weeks ago, that’s how far we’ve come.

Time, and Toronto, rolls on. Postseasons are about to officially be missed, and new seasons are about to begin. Death, and rebirth. The cycle of life, yo.

1. Opening Day is less than two weeks away. That is insane.

2. Back in the day, learning about the happenings of Spring Training meant waiting for highlights — awful looking highlights, camera angle wise, too — found in the depths of SportsCenter. Today, I know when Edwin Encarnacion hits a fly ball to the warning track immediately after he’s sent said fly ball to the warning track.

3. The coverage has increased at least a billion-fold, but I still don’t really care about Spring Training.

4. If Rajai Davis hits home runs, Rajai Davis can’t steal bases. The legend of Dwayne Murphy grows.

5. This time of year reminds me of one word, and one word only: Thaw. It’s a fantastic word. Say it out loud: thaw.

6. Ron Wilson starting J.S. Giguere in Miami was straight disrespectful to me as a Toronto Maple Leafs supporter. I’m stupid, but I’m not that stupid.

7. I like to think I’ve made peace with the Phil Kessel deal. That I support it fully, and am glad Kessel’s a Leaf. He’s 23. Kessel won’t be 24 until October. He’s a child! But every now and then, I suffer through fits of doubt. And I’ll be honest: defending Kessel, and the deal, is bloody exhausting.

8. You know who else is only 23? Carey Price. Thanks to The Score, I’ve watched a ton of Montreal Canadiens games this year. Price is for real. And he’s only 23.

9. Michael Cammalleri looks nothing like the Michael Cammalleri of 2009/2010, let alone the Cammalleri of 2008/2009. His struggles, injuries included, are what’s known as sweet justice for not signing with the Leafs.

10. I desperately — very, very desperately — want Nazem Kadri to succeed in the NHL. It would make my life easier.

11. Tomas Kaberle will play in Toronto as a member of the Boston Bruins Saturday night. Awkward. The Bruins are 7-2-3 since the trade, Toronto 6-4-4. Kabba’s got three assists in those 12 games as a Bruin, and he’s +5. But I’ve no doubt: Tomas misses home. If you’re at the game, I hope you remember that Kaberle is love. Give it up.

12. Brian Burke’s got to sign one of Tomas Vokoun or Ilya Bryzgalov. As much as I can’t really stand Ron Wilson, Burke owes it to his BFF to hook him up with at least one year of NHL-calibre goaltending. Imagine the freedom.

13. That being said, thank you, James Reimer. You’ve been the most pleasant of surprises.

14. My brother tells me I’m way too hard on Mike Komisarek. I say I can’t be hard enough. Worst.

15. I’m headed to Detroit next week to watch the Leafs take on the Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. If you’ve got any Motor City recommendations, I’d love to read them.

16. I still can’t believe George Packer doesn’t have a Twitter account.

17. I can’t point out the date on a calendar, but I checked out on the Raptors season a long, long time ago.

18. However, this — DeMar DeRozan’s spin move, posterization of two members of the Utah Jazz — might be the play of the year. As always, the reaction from the bench is almost as great as the dunk itself.

19. Re-sign Bryan Colangelo already.

20. What’s up with Gaddafi and the tents?

21. If you’re ever in the Phoenix area during Spring Training, make sure you visit Salt River Fields at Talking Sticks. Incredible facility. I’ll have a post about the place up at NotGraphs in the coming days. And, yes, hanging out with the FanGraphs staff, the best and brightest baseball nerds, in the desert was just as fun as I imagined it would be.

22. Tell me that Toronto FC, led by locals Dwayne De Rosario and Julian de Guzman, will make the playoffs.

Image courtesy Ronnie Yip. Davisville Village stand up.

Written by Navin Vaswani

March 19th, 2011 at 5:40 am

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  1. So excited about opening day.

    Wilson should have rode Optimus Reim till he fell over.

    I miss Kaberle, not as much as our power play though.

    You would take Bryzgalov at around 6 mill rather than let Reimer have the reigns?

    The Raptors bench is always good for a great celebration. Now if only their defense was as good as their celebrations.

    Your brother is wrong about Komisarek.

    My cousin told me about a few places to hit up in Detroit, he lives there.

    25th Hour

    19 Mar 11 at 9:25 am

  2. Nazem Kadri succeeding in the NHL would make everybody’s life easier.
    I’m with you on Spring Training. Get the fuck back up North so I can go to games already.

    theactivestick

    19 Mar 11 at 12:31 pm

  3. @ 25th: Wilson starting Jiggy on Thursday looks even more foolish in light of Reimer’s excellent performance on Saturday. The team just plays better in front of the kid. As for Bryzgalov, it’s a risk, but stability in goal is much needed. Vokoun might make more sense, as he’s four years older, and more liable to split time with, say, Reimer. As for Detroit, here’s hoping the game still has meaning in the standings. That’d be sick.

    @ theactivestick: Kadri finally potted one. The first of many. Baseball. Soon. Eek!

    Navin Vaswani

    20 Mar 11 at 1:23 am

  4. Komi + Lebda 2011 = Murphy 1996-1997
    IMO… the Leaf “fans” always need someone to blame

    Saturday… pre-game segment with interview of #15… his answer as to whether he would have re-signed with the Leafs had he been presented with a new contract… brought a tear to my eye. He so didn’t want to leave…

    Nitin Vaswani

    21 Mar 11 at 12:17 pm

  5. Murphy had a decent resume. Komisarek’s brutal.

    I heard that about Kaberle. The Bruins are winning, but Kaberle apparently hasn’t been the best fit there. Because his heart and soul is in Toronto.

    Navin Vaswani

    22 Mar 11 at 12:32 am

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