We're just more than a month from Opening Day, so it's time to start previewing the season. Inspired by an old feature on The Black Table, we're going team-by-team and distributing Four Things You Don't Know about them. We're not sure how this is gonna work, but if you have suggested oddities on your team, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today: The Toronto Blue Jays.
• 1. Key Acquisitions Have Toronto Talking Pennant Again. Welcome new faces B.J. Ryan, A.J. Burnett, Lyle Overbay, and Troy Glaus, who have turned the Blue Jays from a dark horse to a contender. It would be the team's first pennant since 1993, when their logo looked like this. The bird depicted on the logo, by the way, more resembles a Stellar's Jay — not a Blue Jay.
• 2. Gustavo Chacin Cologne Night! The Blue Jays are promoting an event on June 27 in which fans will be given bottles of cologne which are named after pitcher Gustavo Chacin. "The cologne is the brainchild of two radio personalities who thought the lefthander's name sounded like a fragrance," said MLB.com. "While it is still in development, its namesake was confident that it would be great. (Jays pitcher Jason) Frasor was less certain and said, with no offense to his teammate, that he would not be wearing it."
• 3. Candians Love TV. In addition to playing host to the Blue Jays and the Toronto Argonauts of the Candian Football League, the Rogers Centre (don't call it the Skydome, you hosers) is also used as a an enormous TV room. Canadians come from all over to view the stadium's 30-by-100-foot Jumbotron, watching events that have included the series finales for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Cheers, along with live coverage of the funeral of Princess Diana. We're not sure what a 100-foot-wide Norm Peterson looks like, but we're kind of glad we missed it.
• 4. They're Not 100 Percent Mammal. More on Chac n: The pitcher actually suffers from an allergy that does not allow him to grow body hair. We're not sure what this has to do with the cologne.
(Tomorrow: The Cincinnati Reds).
(UPDATE: CBS Sportsline columnist Ray Ratto reports a correction to Tuesday's Tidbits on the Giants: "Mike Krukow, I believe (although it might also have been Bob Brenly), was the actual author of "Penitentiary Face," and the best I did, if that, was midwife it into the paper. Just for accuracy's sake, anyway.")