248 episodes

Weekly discussion of Toronto Blue Jays baseball with The Athletic's Andrew Stoeten and Drew Fairservice, creators of the seminal Jays blogs Drunk Jays Fans and Ghostrunner On First.

Birds All Day: A show about the Toronto Blue Jays The Athletic

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    • 5.0, 21 Ratings

Weekly discussion of Toronto Blue Jays baseball with The Athletic's Andrew Stoeten and Drew Fairservice, creators of the seminal Jays blogs Drunk Jays Fans and Ghostrunner On First.

    Zubes Zooms In: Martin Earns Moolah, Schedule Without a Stadium & More w/ Sportsfeld's Andrew Zuber

    Zubes Zooms In: Martin Earns Moolah, Schedule Without a Stadium & More w/ Sportsfeld's Andrew Zuber

    Heeeee'ssss bbaaccckkk. Andrew Zuber, aka Zubes, joins Drew and Ol' Reliable to applaud Toronto first-round pick Austin Martin on signing above slot (6:00). Will Martin fill a vacant spot in the Blue Jays' player pool (16:00). The full nest hesitate reacting to Toronto's schedule because of an important missing ingredient: there's no concrete location for a home stadium (18:25). The guys ask ponder amid the continued civil unrest, is there a situation where the national anthem isn't played (24:30)? Has there ever been more monumental time for players to use their platform to bring about change? Besides the obvious, why does it take million/billion dollar corporate partners voicing their disdain against insensitive team names for action to take place (28:45)? Oh, and will there be a season, because tests and its accompanying results aren't being delivered fast enough (35:30)?

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    • 58 min
    Wading Through the Jays Player Pool & Travel Concerns with Kaitlyn McGrath

    Wading Through the Jays Player Pool & Travel Concerns with Kaitlyn McGrath

    The fairest Fairservice and Stoeten welcome The Athletic's Blue Jays reporter Kaitlyn McGrath to today's program! How about that player pool (7:30)!? With the 58-player pool formed, what are some of the biggest questions still looming over this squad? In a sad and, seemingly, inevitable move, the Minor League Baseball season canceled. How will this affect improving players like Joey Murray (12:00)? The triumvirate tackle the most surprising moves in Toronto's player pool (23:00), plus Ty Tice (and Drew) and dunk (27:30)? Do any Blue Jays players fit the mold of someone who would opt out of participating in this season (36:00)? Concern still lingers about the Jays commuting in and out of Canada (40:30).

    • 53 min
    Emma Baccellieri, Sports Illustrated writer, on MLB Return Health Concerns & Other 2020 Season Worries

    Emma Baccellieri, Sports Illustrated writer, on MLB Return Health Concerns & Other 2020 Season Worries

    Sports Illustrated staff writer, Emma Baccellieri, answers Drew and Stoeten's call (surprisingly) to (unsurprisingly) answer questions about health concerns in a shortened 2020 MLB season (12:30). Drawing from her myriad conversations with epidemiologists about the subject, Emma presents what issues Major League Baseball could face by having teams play in their home ballpark, compared to competing in a controlled environment a la the NBA. What issues are associated with increased roster sizes (22:30) and players traveling to other venues (24:00)? The guys express concern over multiple Jays players and coaches contracting Covid, which begs the question - what, if anything, would it take to derail the season (30:00)? Is it possible players like Nate Pearson have their service time manipulated (33:15)? Could players be classified as essential workers (44:15)? To close, what silver lining is there to all these questions (53:20)?

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Blue Jays Play-by-Play Announcer Mike Wilner Joins BAD, Labor Strife Continues & Ranking the Jays' Best FA Signings

    Blue Jays Play-by-Play Announcer Mike Wilner Joins BAD, Labor Strife Continues & Ranking the Jays' Best FA Signings

    On another glorious episode of Birds All Day, Drew and Stoeten welcome Toronto Blue Jays radio play-by-play announcer, Mike Wilner, to the program (6:30)! Mike fills us in on life without baseball and broaches a cornucopia of subjects, including: his level of optimism in a season (11:45); the advantages the Jays could present in a truncated year (13:30); how to quantify success under these circumstances (16:40) and should Toronto excel early in a condensed season, should they go for broke and orchestrate title-contending moves (25:10)? After Drew and Stoeten bid Mike adieu, they cover a couple topics like the ongoing labor dispute (28:30) and rule changes that won't be redacted and their impact on the spirit and spontaneity of the sport (38:45). The guys conclude today's podcast by sorting through Stoeten's all-time best Blue Jays' free agent signings, and mull what it will take for Hyun-jin Ryu to rank among the club's legendary signees (53:00).

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Austin Martin Mania & Draft Potpourii with Sportsnet's Nick Ashbourne

    Austin Martin Mania & Draft Potpourii with Sportsnet's Nick Ashbourne

    Sportsnet writer extraordinaire, Nick Ashbourne, accompanies Drew and Andrew on their trip through the Blue Jays MLB Draft (5:15). The triumvirate hone in on Toronto's top-selection, Austin Martin, and how he projects as a major leaguer, what skills he offers defensively and in future Jays' lineups and more. Hey, guess what? Toronto drafted more than one player, and they actually matter! The trio tackle the trajectory of CJ Van Eyk, Trent Palmer and other draftees. Once Nick departs, the Drew with two extra letters and Drew react to Keith Law's comments on Martin's upside (25:15). The guys wrap up the show by encouraging others to keep the dialogue about the injustices in our country open.

    • 57 min
    Actively Seeking Change

    Actively Seeking Change

    Andrew and Drew discuss the need to actively seek change in the pursuit of social justice.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

mattymatty2000 ,

Great Podcast!

I'm not a Blue Jays fan but I do enjoy smart (and funny) baseball talk, and Drew and Andrew deliver that every week. For example, their discussion of the labor issues facing baseball in episode 143 was among the best if not the best I've heard. Mostly during the season they're all up into the Jays, looking at the team and their rivals from an intelligent and analytical perspective, though one that doesn't ignore the fact that they're both fans as well. That's all good and worth listening to on its own, but what elevates the podcast is their repport. You can tell they're friends in real life (as opposed to podcast life) and they actually dig talking and joking around with one another. Overall it's a wonderful podcast and a great listen. Check them out, you won't regret it!

Wonno17 ,

Great

Great podcast. Blue Jays centered, but still a lot of good knowledge on the other teams too.

Jucojames ,

Excellent podcast

For context, I am a US born/bred Jays fan, so my perspective is probably not typical. I think Drew and Andrew do an excellent job of balancing a typical Canadian sensibility without being at all boring. The other major Jays podcasts I listen to are so polite and “nice” as to be boring at times-admittedly that is from my personal taste and sensibility. Jays All Day mixes wit and humor while also not being rhetorical/cynical “bomb throwers,’ which is not an easy thing to accomplish. Well done gentlemen and keep up the good work.

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