Jays are almost what the Doc ordered

GARY LOEWEN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

From the Department of What Might Have Been:

Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum were the starters in baseball’s all-star game last night.

Imagine them as teammates.

It almost happened 19 months ago, when the San Francisco Giants offered Lincecum to the Blue Jays for outfielder Alex Rios.

What a one-two punch that would have created for the rotation — assuming you don’t subscribe to the theory that all Jays pitchers face an automatic injury hex.

If that deal had gone through, would we be talking now about the possibility of Halladay being traded so he could be on a winner? Likely not.

Fast fact: Halladay and Lincecum share the same middle name — Leroy.

Don’t drink and ride

The winner of the Omega Alpha Canadian Event Horse of the Month is named Gin & Juice.

Of course, that’s pending the results of the urine test.

Tackling a number

At 6-foot-7, Hal Gill may be big enough to play football.

Now he has a number to match.

Gill, who signed with the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent, has chosen to wear No. 75 — a number the Pittsburgh Steelers’ MeanJoe Greene wore all the way to the Hall of Fame.

Gill doesn’t have much of a mean streak, though.

He’s more like Run of the Mill Hal Gill.

The veteran defenceman chose the number because it corresponds with his birth date, 1975.

Getting Rowdy

Northwest Arkansas of the Texas League has signed left-handed pitcher Rowdy Hardy.

Oddly enough, Hardy is known as a control specialist.

So, unlike his name suggests, Hardy is hardly rowdy.

Romo romance

First, Terrell Owens leaves for Buffalo.

Next, quarterback Tony Romo dumps girlfriend Jessica Simpson.

Looks like the Dallas Cowboys are out of scapegoats.

Monster Classic

Today, the NHL is expected to announce that the 2010 Winter Classic will be held at Fenway Park, between the Boston Bruins and, likely, the Philadelphia Flyers.

There is just one ground rule: No bank shots off the Green Monster will be allowed.

Cricket crook catch

A gas station employee in Alabama used a cricket bat to chase away a would-be robber.

The suspect entered Bee Gee’s gas station and tried to use a toy gun to steal money.

When the store clerk grabbed the cricket bat, the suspect took off.

Hmm, cricket in Alabama, who knew?

Actually, the game is flourishing at the university level in Alabama, thanks to foreign students setting up cricket programs.

Heck, the sport may be more popular in the southern states than the NHL.

Say what?

“I just fell in love with being able to use the ground as a friend, as an ally.

“We don’t get to do that in the States. Everything is up in the air.”

Tiger Woods, perhaps channelling his inner Earl (Green Beret) Woods, discusses commando links golf.


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