Now, I'm not much of a baseball fan anymore, and I know we've already hit our quota of baseball content here, but yesterday's letter from Cito Gaston in the Toronto star made me very nostalgic. Back in 1993 when most of you here were caught up in the glorious run to the Eastern Conference final by Dougie, Wendel and Felix. But back then, I was a huge baseball fan. I have vague memories of that Leafs team, but very very distinct memories of the 1992 and 1993 Blue Jays teams. In fact, up until the baseball strike in 1994, I was a walking encyclopedia of baseball stats and players. My favourite was Kelly Gruber, followed, at least in 1992, but Pat Borders. Roberto Alomar, Devon White, Joe Carter were the names of my heroes, and were in the posters on my wall. Cito Gaston was just as much of a household name as the players, and last night he managed his final game for the Blue Jays. Many of the Blue Jays players drew on mustaches in honour of Cito and Mustache Power was given credit for the Jays' win. For one night, I was 10/11 years old again, remembering how much I loved baseball and the feeling of watching my heroes win the ultimate championship in their sport, for the first and second times ever in Canada.
I guess it's lucky for all of you that in 1994 there was a baseball strike, and the Leafs traded for the man who made me fell in love with Hockey. Lots of links below the jump!
- Preseason Game #7: Toronto at Ottawa
MLHS' preview of last night's game.
- Nazem Kadri scores twice as Maple Leafs beat Senators 4-3 in pre-season play
The Hockey News Game Recap.
- Kadri's two goals help Leafs beat Senators 4-3
- Can we read anything into Holzer’s "promotion"? Kadri and other questions as camp winds down…
Vintage Leaf Memories has a few questions as the preseason comes to an end.
- Let There Be Music – And Some Wins, Please
jrwendelman finally reveals his special secret post that he's been working on. No, it's not the long-awaited Brian Burke quote post, it's something else.
- The Word Is Leaf: September
just your usual general borschevsky has the month's best Leaf quotes.
- Top 10: Craziest fans
The Hockey news counts down the top 10 craziest NHL fans. We didn't place where you think we did.
- Most Awesomest Northeast Division Preview Ever.
Loser Domi brings us a preview of the Leafs' division.
- Is Dion Phaneuf Overrated?
Toronto+ Sports Blog asks a question about our captain to which I would have answered "Yes" without batting an eye this time last year.
- Here's something we don't see every day!
Habs Eyes on the Prize covers the Beauchemin/Kovalev fight from last night. I love Happy Trails' face in this one.
- An Open Letter To Johnny Malkin
Jeffler has a message for Socks (John Mitchell).
- Fallen Leafs
Daniel Alfredsson notices some sweet sweet caaaaaaaaan....