"You like-a the juice, eh?"

In many ways, Toronto seems like it could be a major American city. But every so often, a simple incident occurs that profoundly reminds us we are in the land of loonies and toonies.

Josh Weir, who covers the Tribe for the Canton Repository, just had one of those moments, when he went to a Rogers Centre concession stand and ordered up some chicken fingers.

“Do you want plum sauce with that?” the woman at the register asked.

“Plum sauce?!”

I reiterate: Plum sauce? We were struck plum dumb by this.

I did a quick Wikipedia search for plum sauce and found it is a “viscous, light brown sweet and sour condiment.” At first, I read this entry too quickly and thought it was described as a “vicious” light brown sweet and sour condiment. That would have been much more fun. I’d like to eat something vicious. Sounds adventurous.

Anyway, Josh opted against the plum sauce. And his request for BBQ sauce was shot down. Apparently they don’t eat their chicken fingers with BBQ sauce here.

“I thought I was really going to like Toronto,” Josh said. “Now, I just want to go home.”

Alas, we have two more days in the Great White North. So let’s get to today’s lineups…

INDIANS (50-64): CF Grady Sizemore, DH David Dellucci, C Kelly Shoppach, SS Jhonny Peralta, RF Shin-Soo Choo, LF Ben Francisco, 1B Ryan Garko, 3B Andy Marte, 2B Asdrubal Cabrera. RHP Paul Byrd (6-10, 4.72).

BLUE JAYS (59-57): 2B Joe Inglett, 3B Marco Scutaro, CF Alex Rios, LF Adam Lind, 1B Lyle Overbay, DH Matt Stairs, RF Brad Wilkerson, C Gregg Zaun, SS John McDonald. RHP Roy Halladay (13-8, 2.77).

EXCRUCIATING MINUTIA OF THE DAY…

  • Garko has paid his penance and been admitted back into the lineup after failing to run out a grounder to first on Wednesday. “We had a good talk [Friday],” Eric Wedge said. “Hopefully he’ll be a better ballplayer for going through something like this.”
  • Wedge acknowledges that RHP Jensen Lewis’ velocity still isn’t where it was in ’07. Last year, Lewis’ fastball ranged from 88 to 94 mph. He’s made progress after a slow start this year, but he’s still maxing out around 91 or 92. “It’s enough [velocity] if you have some pitchability,” Wedge said, “and he does.” Lewis is the Tribe’s latest in a long line of “closers” after his strong performance Friday night.
  • You’ve gotta love the Jays squeezing Inglett, Scutaro and Johnny Mac into a single lineup.
  • Peralta is now tied for 10th in the AL in runs scored, with a team-high 72. He has as many extra-base hits as MVP candidate Josh Hamilton (55).
  • Shoppach is tied with A-Rod for 14th in the AL with 15 second-half RBIs.
  • Since signing his first professional contract on July 10, third-round pick Cord Phelps, a second baseman, is batting .317 with five doubles, seven RBIs and seven runs scored in 10 games at Mahoning Valley.
  • After his win over the Nats last night, CC Sabathia is now 6-0 with a 1.58 ERA in seven starts for the Brewers. I’d say he’s a fan of those NL lineups.

 ~AC

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