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Blue Jays hoping extra work will help lift Vlad Guerrero Jr. out of early struggles

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It can be argued that the hype was unreasonable from the outset with Guerrero, but that is both the nature of the beast and a status the young player initially embraced. His coming-out party at the Home Run Derby in Cleveland last July certainly accelerated those expectations, and there’s no looking back now.

“When you are not getting good results, you’re not feeling comfortable at the plate, obviously,” Hernandez said. “He’s working pretty hard. He’ll be the same Vladdy everybody knows pretty soon.”


If Guerrero is indeed uncomfortable a the plate, Teoscar Hernandez is certainly feeling it, as he holds the early team lead in home runs (four), RBI (six) and (among players who have appeared in more than three games), batting average (.321.)

Jays management has long believed in the obvious talent the outfielder brings to the plate. The key has been for Hernandez to display consistency, something that finally could be on its way.

“I feel really good at the plate,” Hernandez said. “I’m trying to stay with the same plan I had at the end of last year, trying to look for good pitches that I can hit.

“I know I have the power that I can drive the ball out of the park. I’m just trying to stay focused and have more patience at the plate … go with a plan and look for a pitch in the zone I can put a good swing on.”

Like so many of the Jays hitters, Hernandez’s fresh approach in the batter’s box comes from work with Dante Bichette, who is officially listed as a major league coach with the Jays.

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Vancouver Weather: Blue skies and balmy

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VANCOUVER, B.C.: Friday, May 8.Today’s weather is expected to be sunny, with highs of 22 C and 27 C inland, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Watch again for the UV index, which is listed at 8, or very high. Overnight, it looks clear, with a low of 11 C. Then the temperature is expected to heat up on Saturday, with sunshine and highs of 22 C or 28 C inland. The agency says with the humidity it’s going to feel more like 30 C inland. Sunday looks like a scorcher too, with highs of 24 C and 29 C inland. Then, it looks like the weather begins to cool off after that. It’s a mix of sun and cloud for Monday, with highs of 21 C and 26 C inland, a slight chance of showers on Tuesday and 18 C, and then it looks like a good chance of rain on Wednesday.

Weather: Vancouver, B.C.

Today: Sunny. High 22 C except 27 C inland. Humidex 28 inland. UV index 8 or very high.

Tonight: Clear. Low 11 C.

Tomorrow: Sunny. High 22 C except 28 C inland. Humidex 30 inland. UV index 7 or high.

Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada

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Blue Jays play Thursday games but MLB suspends operations

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Major League Baseball took its time on Thursday, but eventually followed the lead of other sporting leagues by shutting down for the time being.

Though the Toronto Blue Jays played split-squad games in Bradenton against Pittsburgh and at home in Dunedin against the Canadian junior national team on Thursday afternoon, you won’t see the Jays in action again any time soon.

“Following a call with the 30 Clubs, and after consultation with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. today announced that MLB has decided to suspend Spring Training games and to delay the start of the 2020 regular season by at least two weeks due to the national emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic,” MLB announced on Thursday afternoon.

“This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, Clubs and our millions of loyal fans.MLB will continue to evaluate ongoing events leading up to the start of the season. Guidance related to daily operations and workouts will be relayed to Clubs in the coming days. As of 4:00 p.m. (ET) today, forthcoming Spring Training games have been cancelled, and 2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifier games in Tucson, Arizona have been postponed indefinitely.”

The NHL had suspended its season earlier Thursday, joining Major League Soccer, the NBA (the first to suspend a season, on Wednesday night after Utah Jazz all-star Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus) and pretty much every other sporting league or tour.

“It’s a unique situation,” Blue Jays pitcher Jordan Romano said after he started and pitched an inning on Thursday. “I never thought we’d be in this situation. First and foremost it’s just keeping people safe. It wouldn’t affect guys like me that much, if I get it it’s not that big of a deal, but just thinking my grandparents were down here a week ago and they’re still in Florida so it’s just thinking of the older population and stuff like that.

“It’s definitely the right thing to do. Going forward, I really don’t know what’s going to happen, I don’t know how long we’re going to be delayed for, it’s just an unfortunate situation all around.”

Earlier in the day, Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo addressed a number of questions about coronavirus precautions and potential measures looming down the line before they were handed down.

“As a sports person, just like you guys (the media) I feel bad and sad that this happened but like, we’re following MLB guidelines and things keep changing from day to day so but again, as a fan, of course, I’m saddened by what’s going on but again, we’ll follow MLB, whatever they say,” Montoyo said before anything became official.

The second-year Jays manager said that even when the NBA was the only league to act, his players were talking a lot about what was coming.

“Some of the guys are talking just like we all are, like as sports fans … I think it’s a distraction for everybody, sports fans and everybody who loves sports. So we all feel the same way,” he said.

Former Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, now with the Detroit Pistons, had similar thoughts.

“It’s something that’s unprecedented,” Casey told The Athletic. “It’s always been where you could lean on sports to ease your nerves or ease the situation. But now, we’re just like everyone else.”

Montoyo said earlier Thursday that it was up to individual players whether they wanted to interact and sign autographs with fans or simply hand them pre-signed cards. Several Jays were still signing autographs during the game. But that all became moot hours later.

Before all that though, the players had expressed no concerns about heading to Bradenton to play or competing in Dunedin.

“No, I haven’t heard that. No, today, the bus left. Everyone’s ready to play. I haven’t heard that one,” Montoyo said.

Montoyo had stuck around instead of going to Bradenton with most of his more established players because “I really want to see our prospects.”

MLB said various contingency plans regarding the 2020 regular season schedule have been prepared and will be announced at “an appropriate time and will remain flexible as events warrant, with the hope of resuming normal operations as soon as possible.”

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Blue Bombers fan fulfills promise, wears pants for 1st time in 18 years after Grey Cup win

A Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan can finally wear pants for the first time in 18 years after his team won the Grey Cup in Calgary on Sunday.

Blue Bombers fan, who won’t wear pants until they win, touches down in Calgary for Grey Cup

Chris Matthew made a no pants pledge in 2001, promising friends he would only wear shorts until the Bombers won the cup.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan Chris Matthew put on pants for the first time in 18 years after his team won the Grey Cup on Nov. 24, 2019, making good on the promise he made.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan Chris Matthew put on pants for the first time in 18 years after his team won the Grey Cup on Nov. 24, 2019, making good on the promise he made.

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With the Bombers winning the championship — beating the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12 — Chris’ calves were bare no more.

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“It feels really, really odd. It feels like things are crawling on my legs, to tell you the truth,” he said after putting on army-print pants immediately following the game.

His wife Darla Matthew was happy with the Grey Cup’s result.

“Now he doesn’t have to wear [shorts],” she said. “And this was the most amazing experience.”

Chris said he actually likes wearing shorts.

“After this is all said and done, I can put [pants] on if I have to go to a place now, but other than that, I’m going back to the shorts,” he said. “I quite like it.”


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90-year-old Blue Bombers superfan gets Grey Cup tickets for her birthday

Mariam Matti, Staff

Published Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:00PM EST

Last Updated Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:02PM EST

TORONTO — A Winnipeg Blue Bombers superfan is celebrating her 90th birthday by watching her favourite team take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the 107th Grey Cup championship on Sunday.

June Figsby has cheered for her home team since she was in high school in the 1940s. 

“I’ve been a fan since 1945 and win or lose, they’re still my team and I keep cheering,” she told CTV News.

Joanne Basson, Figsby’s daughter, bought the Grey Cup tickets as a birthday gift for her mom.

“I know she’s been a fan for so many years,” said Basson. “I was born into it, so I’m a huge fan too.”

Decked out from head to toe in blue-and-gold Bombers gear, the pair are in Calgary this weekend hoping to see the team end a nearly 30-year dry spell.

The last championship the Bombers won was in 1990, beating the Edmonton Eskimos during the 78th Grey Cup.

“Not seeing the Grey Cup in Winnipeg has been really tough,” said Figsby.

Fans of the Tiger-Cats are also eager for a victory. The last time the team won a championship was 20 years ago when they beat the Calgary Stampeders in the 87th Grey Cup.

“In my head I’m already holding the cup with the team,” said Tiger-Cats fan Jason Adams.

Country star Keith Urban will headline the halftime show. Though Urban admitted Saturday that he’s never seen a CFL game before, he said he’s looking forward to watching alongside fans. 

“What a crash course right? To come and see the Grey Cup,” said the four-time Grammy winner.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.

With a report from CTV’s Alberta Bureau Chief Janet Dirks

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Star City ‘fight’: Security storm cinema after mass brawl ‘at Blue Story film’

Terrified children queuing to see Frozen 2 were shocked when security rushed into the cinema after a mass brawl.

The violence is suspected to have begun during a screening of UK gangster film Blue Story at Star City in Birmingham.

Rachel Allison tweeted: “Just came to see the new Blue Story film, standing in line for snacks when a fight breaks out behind my brother – worst thing is, it’s young girls fighting.

“Police brought batons, tasers and dogs out. Star city now closed.”

One reveller said more than 100 police and 50 vehicles closed down the entertainment complex at about 6pm on Saturday night.

It is thought some 60 to 70 people were involved in a fight at the multiplex venue.

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Police rushed to the scene

One witness told Mirror Online: “That’s probably one of the scariest moments of my life. Me and my sister were in a queue to watch frozen, loads of little kids there, all dressed up and everything, then these girls jumped on another girl and loads of these kids just started fighting.

“Armed police came with Tasers. All the people that were fighting run off into the cinema. There’s about 15 to 20 police cars. I’m shaking.

“The police were very aggressive there was lots of little kids there. My sister is 11 and they was pointing the Tasers in our face.”

Another witness said: “This is the most horrifying thing I’ve been involved in I’m scared and I’m 45 little girls dressed in frozen dresses crying and screaming appalling behaviour all over a gangster film set in London.”

The Vue Cinema in Star City was evacuated

Choleigh Mcguire, who was at the complex, told Mirror Online: “I have never seen police so aggressive. Everyone dressed up. They were all crying.

“It was a group of girls started on this one girl. Someone separated it at first.”

People are reporting that around ‘20 police cars’ dashed to Star City to deal with the suspected riot, which is thought to have broken out around 6pm today.

Mr Khan, manager of Pepe’s Restaurant at Star City told said: “I heard shouting and screaming outside the restaurant. I understand a big fight started in the cinema.

One guest filmed security rushing to try and control the violence

“There were so many people running past the restaurant, I’d say around 60 to 70 were involved.

“The police escorted everyone out.

“We’ve heard that the cinema has had to empty the screens and are not letting anyone else in. I guess people who have bought tickets will get a refund.

Police are yet to comment on the disturbance

“Our restaurant is still open, as is the restaurant next door.”

The police are yet to comment on the disturbance.

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Police are redirecting people away from the area and it’s having a knock-on effect on motorists on Watson Road and all roads surrounding the entertainment complex.

People are being advised to steer clear of the area and try to find alternative routes.

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