It is abundantly clear Montreal has Blue Jays fever

Fans wave Blue Jays banners at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Saturday. (Joel LeMay/QMI Agency)

Fans wave Blue Jays banners at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Saturday. (Joel LeMay/QMI Agency)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:04 PM ET

As always, the best position player Canada produced is up on current events.

Fact: Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association agreed to bump penalties for performance-enhancing drugs from 50 to 80 games for a first violation and from 100 to a season-long 162 for a second positive. A third violation stays as a lifetime ban.

“What does it matter, 50 or 80? Once you are stained, your reputation is stained for life no matter what you do after,” said Larry Walker. “That’s why I used nothing but Canadian maple syrup on all my pancakes all those years.”

Fact: The Detroit Tigers signed Miguel Cabrera, who turns 31 next month, to an eight-year, $248-million US contract extension.

“I read where Mike Illitch bought the Tigers for $85 million and he’s able to give out a contract like that?” said Walker. “Everyone wants to blame the players for the strike in 1994. That should settle the argument who won the strike in 1994, the owners or the players.”


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