Gotta be handy with the steel{15}

It was a busy weekend for a lot of folks in Toronto and as such my boys The Regulators were short a couple of players. Now, I haven’t played a full game of baseball in probably 10 years so I was pretty apprehensive about donning a jersey and swinging the old bat around but I went out, played two solid games of baseball in the rain and had a whale of a good time doing it. I’m normally pretty hard on myself but I feel like I played pretty well overall and am looking forward to playing some more and hopefully uppin’ my baseball game!

Regulators Softball Toronto

Regulators Softball Toronto

Regulators Softball Toronto

Regulators Softball Toronto

Regulators Softball Toronto

The politics of skin
I’ve been vegan for close to half my life at this point and I’ve had plenty of time to weigh different options and make my decisions based on what I think is right vs. what I think will make me a “better vegan”.

Plastics / synthetic materials (like those found in POS baseball gloves) are often extremely environmentally unfriendly and often don’t last the way that leather does – with that said I don’t feel comfortable walking into a store and buying leather as if it weren’t the skin off an animal’s back so used leather is a good option for those of us that see the usefulness of the material but don’t want to contribute directly to the cycle.

If I’m going to start playing baseball regularly, or even if I just wanna chuck around the ball with my girl I figured I might as own a decent glove. It’s the type of thing that a guy like me only needs to buy once in a lifetime so I figured what the hell? Fortunately for me, I was able to find this Rawlings, barely used but worked in enough to already be comfortable for a good price – ethics in check, wallet in good shape.

Regulators Softball Toronto

I mean, if I really wanted to avoid buying a leather glove I supposed I could have gotten a custom made Carpenter but $50 for a good quality, lightly used leather glove vs. $250 for a Carpenter? To quote Dr. Italiano aka Robbie Blyth: Not gonna happen, not today.

After the games we hit up the Rogers Picnic at Fort York (Thanks Hammie / Debbie) and got there just in time to catch the second half of Cat Power’s set. She sounded great but was maybe a little boring / disengaged so we went and stole some chairs from the Nokia booth and found a nice place to sit down before posting up in the VI; undetected like a stealth.

Cat Power

Rogers Picnic

C & C Music Factory, who headlined the fest, were incredible and have a really soulful, almost bluesy sound when playing live that I really enjoy. During the set, these two giant (10’ +) glowing globes made their way out into the crowd and my lady took off like a bat out of hell to get her hands on one of them and bash it into the section we were standing in. The festival staff, who were trying desperately to maintain control of the balls, were hopelessly outgunned. We win!

Rogers Picnic

Rogers Picnic

Rogers Picnic

Rogers Picnic

On a somewhat unrelated note: one of the things that my lady noticed about the festival, which I wholeheartedly agree with, is what a good job they did “branding” the event – every little sign; from the Food, to the Beer Gardens, to the Hand Sanitization Station was written in the festival font – these are the types of details that are often overlooked and I think that if you’re going to try to create a unique feeling at an event like this, a cohesive brand strategy is a great way to do it. Well done, Adam.

On a completely unrelated note: the last time I was at Fort York was probably 20 years ago as a cub scout – we spent the night in the barracks and Bernie Attard stole Charles Kenwright’s teddy bear and spent the better part of the night farting on it in his bunk. The next trip we took as cubs was to Rattlesnake Point – Charles made the mistake of bringing his teddy and it was unanimously voted that it would be thrown off the Escarpment. We were terrible kids. RIP Teddy.