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Full count : four decades of Blue Jays baseball
Blair, Jeff.
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Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2014.
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GV875.T6 B53 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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From one of Canada's top baseball writers and radio hosts- a retrospective of the Toronto Blue Jays that comes more than 20 years after Joe Carter's World Series-winning home run. A must-have for all Blue Jays fans, and a great read for Toronto and Canadian sports fans in general.
In Full Count , Jeff Blair takes us back to the days when the Toronto Blue Jays were "the Cadillac of franchises," and shows us exactly what they did right to become baseball's premier club. Then he explores the disappointing aftermath, when the league's fourth-largest market became an also-ran- seemingly destined to languish behind the big-spending Yankees and Red Sox and free-wheeling Rays--until the offseason of 2012. Full Count will appeal to the casual fans wanting to re-live Blue Jays history, and to the serious fans who relish the nitty-gritty business decisions and behind-the-scenes details that made this team what it is today.

Author Notes

Like Joe Carter, JEFF BLAIR has "touched 'em all" in more than 30 years of sportswriting and broadcasting. The Globe and Mail 's sports columnist and host of The Jeff Blair Show on Sportsnet 590/The Fan in Toronto has covered Olympics, World Series, Stanley Cups and earthquakes while working in Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. But his first love is baseball, which he covered from 1989 to 1997 as a beat reporter with the Gazette and has covered since then as a columnist with the Globe and Mail . Blair grew up in Morden, Manitoba, and attended the University of Manitoba. He lives in Hamilton with wife, Shelley, and daughter, Emma Rose.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 The Founding Principlesp. 12
2 The Mountaintopp. 24
3 The World Seriesp. 40
4 Touch 'Em Allp. 54
5 The Nest Emptiesp. 68
6 The Village Idiotp. 84
7 One Last Flourishp. 102
8 Moneyball Northp. 114
9 Strange Daysp. 134
10 The Big Plungep. 146
11 The Ship is Sinkingp. 168
12 Touche Les Tous(?)p. 184
13 The Nightmare Dreamp. 204
14 Over-Hyped ... But Better than Thisp. 228
15 The Game Grows Upp. 238
Referencesp. 263
Acknowledgementsp. 267
Indexp. 269