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Jason Grilli is 39 and proud of it.
The Toronto Blue Jays reliever, a 14-year veteran, wears his longevity like a crown, gracefully enduring ribbing from his teammates about an old coot playing a kid’s game.
The onset of middle age among some Blue Jays has been a running joke in the clubhouse, ever since the likes of Grilli and Joaquin Benoit, who is also 39, joined the team in mid-season trades.
Josh Donaldson, the 30-year-old Toronto third baseman, has been a leading protagonist, even using his Twitter account to poke fun at the so-called “Old Jays.”
Donaldson was at it again Monday, after the Blue Jays swept the Texas Rangers from the American League Division Series to afford them a break before starting the league championship against the Cleveland Indians.
When Aaron Hewitt walked into Striker Sports Bar as a first-time customer, the first thing he noticed was that the washrooms were gender-neutral. The second was that he had just stumbled upon a place to watch sports without dealing with the hostility that he’s experienced in straight sports bars.
Hewitt played sports as a child, but he says his experiences were negative, a common issue for some LGBT people. “There was a lot of bullying from staff and from other students. It’s awful and it makes you sort of avoid sports altogether,” he says.
As he got older, he realized that he missed both playing and watching sports, and decided he would not let hatred stop him from enjoying what he loved. The next logical step would be finding people with similar interests, so when he heard about Striker, he was excited to visit a new space where he could enjoy watching sports.
Striker’s owners dub it as the first LGBT-specific sports bar in Toronto. It opened on Sept 2, 2016, after a sleek renovation. “We designed it and hand picked every single thing in that place from tiles to floors to the seats,” says co-owner Vince Silva. “We poured our heart and soul into this.”
Expenses don’t appear to have been spared. Striker has 15 TV screens, impressive lighting and a frost-rail — a chilled strip along the bartop meant to keep drinks cold. It also serves pub-style food.
The Globe and Mail shares the article by the Associated Press’ Andrew Dampf about how Rome is not in the running for the 2024 Olympic Games, and Romans, at least, are happy.
Italy suspended Rome’s bid for the 2024 Olympics on Tuesday, forced to pull the plug because of the staunch opposition of the city’s mayor.
Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago said that he had written to the IOC announcing the decision to “interrupt the candidacy.”
While the letter left open a small possibility for a revival of the bid if there is a change in city government, Malago didn’t hold out much hope.
“Today the game is over. But if someone decides that the game isn’t over it’s not up to us. But today we’re ending the game,” Malago told The Associated Press after his announcement at a news conference. “That’s it.”
The move comes after Rome’s city council voted last month to withdraw support of the bid on the recommendation of Mayor Virginia Raggi.
Torontoist’s Chris Bateman describes an odd series of international sports, bringing together athletes from Scarborough and Indianapolis in a cross-border competition for more than forty years.
This is a cute idea, even if the genesis leaves me scratching my head. (Why Scarborough? Why Indianapolis? This does not seem like a natural, or at least inevitable, relationship. Chance goes in interesting directions.)
Despite their geographic and cultural differences, starting in 1973 close to 1,000 athletes from the borough of Scarborough and the U.S. city of Indianapolis participated in a recurring amateur sporting event in the name of friendship and goodwill.
The Scarborough-Indianapolis Peace Games—named in honour of the peace treaty that led to the end of the Vietnam War—were initiated by Gene McFadden, an Indianapolis urban planner and community development specialist, in October 1972.
McFadden was interested in finding a Canadian counterpart willing to compete in a multi-sport event similar to the Olympics, so he contacted George Churchill in Brantford, Ontario.
Churchill had helped organize a similar event between Brantford and Berrien County, Michigan, and, at McFadden’s request, he sent letters to several Canadian cities he thought would be interested in participating.
Scarborough Director of Recreation Jack Keay was first to respond, and he was keen.