Monday, July 29, 2013

McDonald’s McLobster

For a limited time McDonalds in Toronto is offering the McLobster.  The sandwich features real pieces of lobster with mayo, green onion, celery, and shredded lettuce.  It’s served on a soft roll similar in taste to their hamburger buns.  It’s a pretty tasty treat that reminds me of a crab salad.  I like that McDonalds chose to make it this way instead of focusing on the lobster meat alone.    Lobster is delicious, but without any condiments it’s pretty dull.  The mayo, lemon and vegetables are what enhance the flavour of the lobster.
Although the McLobster is not new, this is the first time it’s been sold outside of the East coast.  The price for the sandwich alone is $6.79.  Although it is more expensive than other items on the menu, I think it’s still totally worth it because of how expensive lobster is.  I hope the McLobster sells well this year, so that we may see it again next summer as well.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

JP Arencibia Twitter

Today I wore my Arencibia twitter T-shirt in support of JP; @jparencibia9.  Currently he’s been having a bad streak with the Jays.  However this bad experience is magnified by the Toronto media.  They’re using him as the scapegoat of the team’s losses.  I can’t stand what they’re doing to him because it’s unjustified.  The real cause is beyond one player.  At this point the Jays have little chance of making the playoffs, so rather than complain about all our troubles I’m just watching the games for entertainment.  Toronto is my team and the players are like family.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

My first MLB ball

So here’s a picture of my first MLB baseball that I caught at a Blue Jays game.  This ball represents something I never thought would happen to me.  Catching a ball to me is as good as winning the lottery because it’s something I will always remember and cherish.  Of course growing up in Toronto during the 90’s made me a baseball fan and being able to catch a ball was always a dream of mine.  Well this dream finally became reality on July 7th, 2013, aka JP Arencibia bobblehead day.

I’ve always considered myself unlucky when it came to things like this.  I mean from the games I have gone to in the past, I would always see someone else catch a ball a few rows down, but never me.  So I figured I might as well give up on even hoping of catching a ball.  Then my day finally came and it felt like it was meant to be.  I was sitting in leftfield and the stadium was full of people.  There was also a very tall guy in the next row across that I figured would probably get a ball if he jumped.  My only advantages were that I was sitting near the steps and that the people in front of me hadn’t arrived yet.

Then suddenly it happened in the top of the first inning: the Twins player was at bat and as he hit the ball foul, I could see it heading towards leftfield.  It all happened in slow motion and the ball looked like it would fly past me, but then it suddenly curved and everyone around me raised their hands to grab it.  It then dropped and landed in the empty seat in front of me.  I looked around and saw that no one was going to grab it, and then I looked at it in the folded-up seat.  I was literally in shock for a few seconds, until I heard my friend’s voice telling me to grab it.  Without even thinking I grabbed it and raised it up high and started yelling with delight.

This felt like it lasted for a while, as everyone around me clapped.  I then sat down, and it all came to me, as I realised that I finally caught a ball.  Alright, I didn’t actually catch it in the air, but it was as good as it gets for someone with little luck as me (literally landing at my feet).  Catching a major league ball feels a million times better than paying for a ball that someone else caught, so to me this is now one of my most prised possessions.  Now every time I see this ball and hold it in my hands it serves as another reminder of why I love baseball.

JP Arencibia Bobblehead

The JP Arencibia bobblehead was a free giveaway at Rogers Centre on Sunday, July 7th, 2013.  20,000 were produced and they came nicely packaged in a box and plastic.  This bobblehead finally honours one of my favorite Blue Jays, Arencibia.  JP is the current catcher and wears number 9.
This is a unique bobblehead for me because JP is in a squatting catcher’s position.  The paintjob is a little better than average for a free giveaway.  You have many details painted on such as his beard, home white uniform with red highlights, silver on the helmet, and even the dirt on the ground has texture.  The bobblehead was made in China by BDA Inc.  To top this day off I was also able to catch a fly ball during the game.  Catching that ball now makes my bobblehead much more significant and memorable for me.
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Monday, July 1, 2013

Canada Day 2013 Blue Jays Hat

To celebrate Canada Day 2013 the Toronto Blue Jays gave away 20,000 commemorative baseball hats on Canada Day.  Believe it or not I was actually waiting for this day for a long time.  I’m a hat collector so I saw this as an opportunity to add another hat to my collection.  Unfortunately I foolishly thought it would be a fitted hat, but when I finally received mine I noticed that it was a snapback.  Snapbacks make sense of course, because of the variety of sizes you can adjust the hat to.
The hat colorway is red with the current Blue Jay logo on the front.  On the back you have Honda stitched in white, which I guess makes it distinctive from any other hat you can buy.  This is my first snapback in years and it fits pretty well.  Though, it did take me a while to get used to since I haven’t worn one since Starter brand was in style.  I’m still glad to add it to my collection, and I hope next year’s hat will also come with a date stitched on so they become a yearly collectable tradition.
Brand: Unknown
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Style: Snapback
Additional: 100% Acrylic, Made in China, Features Honda logo on the back right
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