July 21: Show In Review
Mike and Dave Bastl are joined by Mark Zecchino to recap Rory McIlroy’s British Open win, and Dirk Hayhurst checks in to discuss how Alex Anthopoulos and the Jays are reaching a critical point in their schedule.
Rory McIlroy wins the British Open, Jays defeat the Rangers, & Argos fall to the Redblacks. Hour 1 Audio
Kevin James joins Mike Richards & David Bastl in-studio & Steve Simmons discusses the latest on Cody Franson & James Reimer. Hour 2 Audio
Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 MLB Analyst and Mark Zecchino – Host “Golf Talk Canada” join. Hour 3 Audio
7:45 Steve Simmons – Sun Media & The Reporters
It’s not surprising to see backup goaltender James Reimer still on the Maple Leafs roster even though his arbitration hearing is only seven days away. Arbitration can be a very difficult/delicate process for the players “therefore it would be better for Franson/Reimer to be represented by their agents instead of attending the hearing themselves.” Franson’s camp is believed to be asking for roughly 4.2 million & Leafs management has allegedly countered with an offer in the 2 million dollar range. It’s quite conceivable that both parties meet in the middle (just around the three million dollar mark).
8:15 Dirk Hayhurst – TSN 1050 MLB Analyst
Alex Anthopoulos is approaching a critical junction in his tenure as GM of the Blue Jays. The problem is that Anthopoulos can’t convince investors to just “go out & make a trade just for the fun of it” which makes finding another trading partner a difficult endeavor. Another team that has adopted this “price conscious micro upgrades in order to stay in contention” blueprint is (shockingly enough) the New York Yankees. It’s painfully obvious that the Jays don’t have the horses to “win it all” leaving management in quite the conundrum.
8:45 Mark Zecchino – Host “Golf Talk Canada”
Rory McIlroy held of a late fourth round charge from Sergio Garcia & Rickie Fowler to capture his third major in a wire-to-wire victory at Royal Liverpool. When McIlroy is at his best he draws comparisons to legends such as Woods/Nicklaus however his biggest challenge remains consistency. Sergio Garcia continues to be a golfer that hasn’t been able to live up to the lofty expectations bestowed upon him. Garcia has a habit of only bringing his “A game” during the Ryder Cup despite a relatively strong finish at yesterday’s British Open. As the old saying goes “positive thoughts producer positive shots.” Perhaps Garcia needs to adjust his mental approach & “loosen up a bit” in order to finally secure his first major title? Keep your eye on J.B. Holmes (a man who has overcome two brain surgeries) & has quickly emerged as the favourite for the “2014 comeback player of the year.”
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