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There are 2 things I have a hard time getting rid of  – my record collection and my baseball cards. While the former might not surprise you, I have an emotional connection to the photo and card stock stored in boxes from my youth. It’s when I started to read trivia facts on the back of the cards and hold on to them for safekeeping. I was a lot of fun at parties.

I’ve been a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays since their first season back in 1977.  For years I kept the Toronto Star newspaper headline of their win against the Chicago White Sox on April 7th that same year. I have been able to enjoy being a fan from listening to them on my transistor radio underneath my pillow for the night games radio, to a black and white TV, to SD, to HD, and now able to view them in 4K.

When music’s persuasive energy came into my life around the same time, it seemed there was no way to merge my two loves – sports and music couldn’t really mix, could it? Yes, they did.

It would seem that I have Lou Brock to thank for this. In the National League, St. Louis Cardinals leadoff hitter Lou used to ask Busch Stadium organist Ernie Hays to play the “Theme From Shaft” for his trips to the plate in the early 1970s.

Walk-up music for batters stepped up with the 1993 Seattle Mariners, noted as the first team to do it as a ritual for every hitter in the lineup.

But don’t look for Led Zeppelin’s full 8-minute Stairway To Heaven to be played during a game. Major League Baseball even has rules regarding walkout songs:

Any musical clip used to introduce a batter should start immediately after the public address announcement and should stop when the batter reaches the dirt cut-out surrounding home plate. Music clips between pitches should be limited in order not to encourage the hitter to leave the batter’s box.

There are the endless thoughts in my mind about selections being played in the stadium when players are heading to the mound or the batter’s box. Why is this song being chosen? Is it the lyrics? Is the artist a personal favourite of theirs? Is there a story behind the song that resonates with the player? For the Toronto Blue Jays, a look at their song selection gives a bit more insight to their competition, yet fun, nature of playing a kid’s game. Or maybe it’s an excuse for a fun fact or two about the song.

DJ at the ready, and get ready drop the bass, here are the Toronto Blue Jays selections that rev them, and fans up.

Aaron Loup

Aaron Loup

Buy Me A Boat Chris Janson

The song debuted at #18 on Billboard 200, selling 18,536 copies in its first week.

Take It Outside Brantley Gilbert

If you’ve ever stuck around a bar after Midnight and a fight started between a couple people, then you basically know this song. Aaron should only have this when playing in outdoor stadiums.

Aaron Sanchez

Aaron Sanchez

Brightside Mike Stud

 Mike Stud is a former college baseball player. His first musical recognition came with the release of viral single “College Humor”, while he was a relief pitcher at Duke.

We Dem Boyz Wiz Khalifa

Wiz has released 5 studio albums and 34 music videos. Think about that for a moment.

Bo Schultz

Bo Schultz

I Got 5 On It Luniz

“I got 5 on it” is a phrase meaning to pay half of a dime bag (a $10 bag of dope) with another person.

Brett Cecil

Brett Cecil

 Shepherd Of Fire Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged’s drummer Arin Ilejay says that he was “totally shocked and scared” after being fired by the band in 2014.  Nobody would begrudge him if he was talking about trying to hit Brett’s fastball.

Dalton Pompey

Dalton Pompey

Know Yourself Drake

Dalton was born in Mississauga, ON, which makes him prime to love Drake for a hometown pick. However, by picking the clean version, it automatically makes him a nice, kind Canadian for life.

Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney

Attention Span Rebelution

Toronto is Darwin’s third team, so, he gets to pick three songs.

  It Was A Good Day (Instrumental) Ice Cube

That day was January 20, 1992. Truth.

  It Was A Good Day Ice Cube

It was the only day where Yo MTV Raps was on air, it was a clear and smogless day in Los Angeles, beepers or pages were commercially sold, the Lakers beat the SuperSonics, and Ice Cube had no filming commitments.

Drew Hutchison

Drew Hutchison

Saturday Night Special Lynyrd Skynyrd

Robert E. Lee High School was where the group acquired the name Lynyrd Skynyrd from their physical-education teacher Leonard Skinner.

Drew Storen

Drew Storen

God’s Gonna Cut You Down Johnny Cash

The lyrics are a warning to all you sinners out there in the 500 section that no matter how hard they try, they will not avoid God’s judgment. Or the ushers. Which are friendlier. But still, you don’t wanna be ejected. So be cool.

  Paul Revere Beastie Boys

Lyric: “The sun is beating down on my baseball hat/The air is gettin’ hot the beer is getting flat.” Perfect.

Edwin Encarnacion

Edwin Encarnacion

Adiccion Al Contacto Don Miguelo

Edwin chose 5 songs, so who am I to judge? The Mayor of Miguelo’s native San Francisco de Macoris once gave Don a plaque as Distinguished Son. Toronto should do the same with Edwin.

Como Yo Le Doy Don Miguelo

Before turning to music, Don worked as a tailor. In April, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons went on rant after controversial review: ‘Maybe we’ll come out wearing dresses tomorrow.’ Maybe Don can design one.

De Amor Nadie Se Muere Secreto

The chorus has “if you do not want me, someone wants me.” No matter what happens in the front office, Edwin, the fans want you to stay.

El Mayor Classico Ricky Ricon

Ricky Ricon is also known as Richie Rich from the comic book fame’s world’s richest man, the son of a tycoon with a fortune of more than 70 billion dollars, which believes that money can buy everything.

Tu Eres La Vaina Mark B

“You have everything. You have everything.” Deep inside Edwin’s body and soul, he has everything, too, including the Major League lead in RBIs.

Ezequiel Carrera

Ezequiel Carrera

Limbo Daddy Yankee

“Limbo” was written specially for Zumba Fitness demonstrating the dance fitness company’s now-towering presence in the Latin music industry.

Gavin Floyd

Gavin Floyd

The Outsiders Eric Church

Eric Church says of his “The Outsiders” album: “Anybody puts it on shuffle, I”ll come kill them myself. It’s made to be listened to start to finish.”

  You Can’t Stop Me Andy Mineo

Mineo is a Christian hip-hop artist and his Gravity album won the Best Gospel Album category in the 2013 Grammy Awards.

J.A. Happ

J.A. Happ

Testify Rage Against The Machine

J.A. wore plaid before it was cool and got behind the #PlaidForDad campaign in support of prostate cancer research. You know who else wore a lot of plaid? Rage Against The Machine. See? This is how music and sports are connected.

Jason Grilli

Jason Grilli

Whipping Pearl Jam

Opening lines: “Don’t need a helmet, got a hard, hard head.” Don’t take this to heart with opposing batters, Jason.

Jesse Chavez

Jesse Chavez

Heavyweight Rick Ross

 Before 100-pound weight loss in 2014, Rick Ross weighed over 400.

Low Rider War

“Low Rider” is featured in The Simpsons episode “A Midsummer’s Nice Dream” when Homer goes on tour with Cheech of Cheech and Chong fame.

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Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

This song sold over 4 million copies and was so big, it forced Miracles lead singer, songwriter, and producer Smokey Robinson, who had announced plans to leave the act, to stay until 1972.

Jose Bautista

Jose Bautista

New Level ASAP Ferg

Ferg’s father, Darold Ferguson, owned a Harlem boutique and printed shirts and logos for record labels including Bad Boy Records and luminaries such as Teddy Riley, Heavy D, Bell Biv DeVoe, and more.

Trophies (featuring Drake) Young Money

Jose has a lot of trophies, too, including 5-time American League Player of the Month, 2-time Hank Aaron Award, and 3-time Silver Slugger Award at outfield.

Josh Donaldson

Josh Donaldson

Ball Like This LA Leakers featuring Future

‘Ball Like This’ celebrates the aspirations of the kid growing up in South Central to the kid creating that new tech start up or that ballplayer making MVP.

In The Air Tonight Phil Collins

It’s not about a drowning incident in which someone who was close enough to save the victim did not help them, while Phil, who was too far away to help, looked on. So stop that.

Josh Thole

Josh Thole

Astronaut Ohboy Prince

 Opening lines, “I am GM track/lately I’ve been taking off like an astronaut”. If Josh goes into the front office one day, they’ll be playing this on his first day of work.

Long Time Kevin Gates

 “For a long time I been getting paper” goes the song. Josh has only gotten paper once in the form of a trade from the NY Mets to Toronto. He also had a lot of the daily paper on June 1, 2012, when he became the first Mets catcher to participate in a no-hitter.

Justin Smoak

Justin Smoak

Bottoms Up Brantley Gilbert

Co-written with Brett James, who also wrote Carrie Underwood’s 2006 #1 hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which received Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.

  People Back Home Florida Georgia Line

Justin’s people back home are from Goose Creek, South Carolina, where they total 35,938 in population, or 2,000 less than the average attendance of the Jays’ home games in 2016.

Kevin Pillar

Kevin Pillar

Candyman Aloe Blacc

The song is a reinterpretation of Sammy Davis Jr.’s three-week 1972 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “The Candy Man” (with the Mike Curb Congregation), originally sung by Aubrey Woods in the classic 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The new version is a tie-in to the 75th anniversary of M&Ms.

Dancing In The Moonlight Toploader

French-American rock band King Harvest first released the song in 1972, but the song finally charted in the UK in March 2000, after being covered in 1999 by Toploader, which used the first part of the first verse instead of the second part of the first verse.

    Time Of Our Lives Pitbull featuring Neyo

6 people wrote this song, including Canadian producer  Cirkut, which makes it slightly Canadian content. It hit #1 in 3 countries including Croatia.

Marco Estrada

Marco Estrada

Let The Bodies Hit The Floor Drowning Pool

Lead singers tend to make a larger-than-life thudding sound when they hit the floor due to their arm strength. Drowning Pool is currently on their 4th lead singer. That’s a lot of bodies for a 20-year old band.

Marcus Stroman

Marcus Stroman

5 AM In Toronto Drake

Sanple lyric: “Most number ones ever, how long did it really take me?” Drake has the most number one singles on the US Hot Rap Songs chart with 15, and as a rap artist, he has the most number one singles on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, with 16. How long did it take him? 7 years.  Marcus was drafted in the 18th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft (532nd overall) by the Washington Nationals, but did not sign. That was 7 years ago, too.

Michael Saunders

Michael Saunders

Hypnotize Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie’s double-disc album Life After Death, released 16 days after he was killed, rose to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond with 10 million records sold, one of the few hip hop albums to receive this certification.

Pat Venditte

Pat Venditte

Switch Will Smith

Will switched careers from music to movies, and is the only actor to have 8 consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, 11 consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and 8 consecutive films in which he starred open at the #1 spot in the domestic box office tally. Pat is a switch pitcher, capable of pitching proficiently with both arms. He is the only active professional pitcher who is able to do this.

R.A. Dickey

R.A. Dickey

Game Of Thrones Theme Ramin Djawad

The theme is composed by Ramin Djawadi who also created the opening songs for  Iron Man, Pacific Rim and Warcraft and television’s Prison Break and Person of Interest.


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Booyah Showtek

BBC’s Zane Lowe played it on his show and called it the ‘hottest record in the world’. The official hottest recorded temperature is now 56.7 C (134 F), which was measured on July 10, 1913 at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California.

   Don’t Panic French Montana

French Montana isn’t French or from Montana. Born in Morocco, he immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 13 years old. Roberto was signed by the Blue Jays out of Mexico as a 16-year-old, and on April 8, 2015, he became the youngest pitcher to appear in a game for the organization, and the first player born in 1995 to play in Major League Baseball.

Russell Martin

Russell Martin

Got To Give It Up Marvin Gaye

The catcher is often the unofficial captain of the team. If you think Russell’s selection is already cool and leads with his selection, just wait.

Hip Hop Hooray Naughty By Nature

 Back to those Seattle Mariners, when each player would have their own selection. Theywould play this song after Ken Griffey Jr. was officially announced coming to bat at the Kingdome. We’re down with O.P.P.

Jumpman Drake featuring Future

On the March 5, 2016 episode of Saturday Night Live, on which Future was the musical guest, he performed the song with host Jonah Hill during the show’s opening monologue. Hill performed Drake’s part.

The Boss James Brown

If Russell Martin wants to DJ your next event, you let him. James Brown? The Boss? Damn. THAT’S brilliant.

Truffle Butter Nicki Minaj featuring Drake, Lil Wayne

This song is so good, it’s a mystery why it’s a bonus track placement on Minaj’s third studio album The Pinkprint.

Ryan Goins

Ryan Goins

Ayo Chris Brown featuring Tyga

“If it don’t make dollars it don’t make sense.” Ryan Goins signed a 1-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s due for a payday in the off season.

  U Don’t Know Jay-Z

 “You don’t know.. what you’re doing, doing, doing” Ryan has made 3 errors all season long. He knows what he’s doing, doing, doing.

Wrong One Jack & Jack

 While still in high school, Jack & Jack found success via the social media app Vine, and turned to a career as musicians. They have accumulated over 6 million followers, becoming two of the most popular Viners.

Ryan Tepera

Ryan Tepera

Welcome Home Coheed And Cambria

Ryan was initially left off of the postseason roster, however he was added on October 10 after Brett Cecil suffered a season-ending calf injury the day prior. Welcome home.

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki

Public Service Announcement Jay Z

With all due respect to changing Jay Z’s lyric: Fellow Americans, it is with the utmost pride and sincerity that I present this ballplayer as a living testament and recollection of history in the making during our generation.

The Man Aloe Blacc

Elton John and Bernie Taupin are also credited as co-writers of The Man, because the song’s chorus is built upon an interpolation of the line ” You can tell everybody” from Elton’s 1971 single “Your Song”, co-written with Bernie.

I’ve been a baseball, and Blue Jay fan all my life, and while I can’t be there at every game, I’ve been living my #LifeIn4K for the past few months enjoying Samsung’s 4K SUHD TV and the Rogers NextBox delivering stunningly vivid, authentic images and superior sound like you’ve never seen – or heard walk-up music – before.

Wikipedia recently celebrated its 15th birthday. The online encylopaedia has grown to over 5 million entries and anybody can edit them. In fact, the English language version of the website has attracted around 808 million edits over the course of its lifespan.

George W. Bush is the most edited Wikipedia topic entry of all time with just under 46,000 edits. (Internal communications pages actually dominate Wikipedia’s list of the pages with the most revisions.) George W. Bush’s page is also the most edited entry in a single year, according to numbers obtained by 538, with people tweaking it 20,894 times in 2005. 2015′s most edited article was a little more obscure. “Geospatial summary of the High Peaks/Summits of the Juneau Icefield” grabbed top spot last year with 7,290 edits.

Infographic: The Most Edited Wikipedia Articles Of The Last Decade | Statista
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“First!” is the calling card of internet commenters across the globe. It’s a symbol of nonchalant pride and achievement, and an iconic idiom of the age we live in.

Things weren’t always so connected, though. Prior to the 1960’s computers could not communicate with one another. By the late eighties that they became small enough to approach the mainstream market. (As they could now fit inside houses, rather than being the size of them.)

However, it was arguably the turn of the century that witnessed the birth of the information age we know today.

Our modern lives are dominated by our phones. The internet has grown from a quirky technical experiment to the dominant channel for information exchange. Even if that information is just endless streams of instagramed of dogs in fancy dress, viral videos about Daniel’s impressive trainers, and Twitter updates on breakfasts across the world. Crucially, the internet is now with us wherever we go.

Last month Twitter turned ten, and a whole host of once innovative apps and sites are beginning to show their age. Start-ups have become dominant cultural media channels, influencing everything from the language we use to the opinions we are exposed to. Not bad for a few lines of code.



Trump or Clinton.

The prospective of either of these presidential frontrunners emerging victorious in November is too much for many Americans to bear.

A shocking number of U.S. citizens would consider a move to Canada—15 percent if Hillary Clinton is elected and 20 percent if Donald Trump is elected, according to recent polls.

The question remains: How serious are these people? And how hard is it to move to Canada?

Well, check out this inforgraphic below. We Canadians will be waiting for you.


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ince its arrival in 1966, the iconic Batmobile has had many incarnations with each decade bringing its own take on this iconic supercar.

In the 1930s and early 40s Batman’s car barely featured in the comic strips. When it was eventually drawn, it was just a bulk standard red convertible with elongated wings and a bat emblem on the front. Pretty boring when you consider what came later!

In fact, it was not until the 1966 TV series that the first real Batmobile appeared. This initial version was actually a converted Ford Lincoln Futura, which was a concept car that never made onto the forecourt. That said, it only took three weeks for the car to be transformed into a vehicle that was fit for a superhero and the rest as they say, is history.

Check out BookMyGarage’s amazing infographic detailing the history of the Batmobile from its earliest incarnation to the very latest version.

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Things haven’t exactly been easy for Tidal since its high-profile relaunch last spring. After rapper Jay Z had acquired the streaming service in March and assembled an impressive line-up of fellow artists to do no less than “change the course of music history”, Tidal quickly stopped making waves in the media, but their loyal fans championed the service.

Co-owned by the musicians themselves, Tidal was supposed to return the control over music to those who made it – the artists. However, the music streaming market got even more competitive when Apple entered the scene with Apple Music in late June.

Enter Kanye West: After premiering his new album as part of a fashion show / art performance in Madison Square Garden last Thursday, the long-time Jay Z confidant released “The Life of Pablo” as a Tidal exclusive over the weekend. He even went as far as saying that the album would never be available anywhere but on Tidal, which would be a departure from the usual practice of granting the service an exclusive period before releasing the album to a wider audience.

West’s announcement turned out to be a godsend for the music service. Global interest in Tidal quickly exploded (see the chart below) and the company’s app shot up the app store charts as fans eager to hear the record signed up in droves. Whether or not the current spike will help Tidal gain a foothold in the streaming market remains to be seen, but one thing seems fair to say: the notoriously self-absorbed rapper knows how to make some waves.

Infographic: The Kanye Effect Helps Tidal Make Waves | Statista
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Oh What a Feeling: A Vital Collection of Canadian Music was a 4-CD box set released in 1996 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Juno Awards. A second box set, Oh What a Feeling 2, was released in 2001 to mark the awards’ 30th anniversary, and a third set, Oh What a Feeling 3, was released in 2006 for the 35th anniversary. All of the sets feature popular Canadian songs from the 1960s onward. The original 25th anniversary box set peaked at #3 on the Canadian Albums Chart and was certified Diamond in Canada (250,000 sales times 4 discs…see how that works?) Although hard to find, I’ve seen a few on eBay for a few hundred dollars.

What were the most popular songs on there? According to YouTube and this great infographic from Completely Ignored, it’s these: