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JAYS’ DECISION ANNOYING AND UNNECESSARY

For so many, it has become the soundtrack of our summers. Baseball on the radio. The personal relationship that builds between local announcers, who we never really meet yet consider to be part of the family.

So many of us grew up on Tom and Jerry, or grew old listening to them — not the cartoon or the movie that is currently out, but the storytelling baseball voices of Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth — that became so much a part of our lives.

We listened over dinner, outside by the pool. We listened when barbecuing, when sitting on the deck at the cottage, when driving in the car: It’s the only sport that can be better on radio, easier to understand, than on any other medium.

And now the Rogers people, communications experts that they are, who own the team, and own the broadcast rights, and own just about everything they else they choose to own, who spent huge money this off-season to make the Blue Jays more attractive, have gone on the cheap and the ridiculous this baseball season.

They have chosen to simulcast their television games on radio. They have made an annoying and unnecessary cost-cutting decision. They have taken a historical baseball nuance and cheapened it for no meaningful reason at all.

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