DUNEDIN, Fla. -- To say there's anticipation and excitement at Blue Jays camp this month is a gross understatement. The place is pumped for what everyone hopes will be Toronto's first playoff run since 1993, when Joe Carter's ninth-inning home run beat the Phillies in Game Six of the World Series.
There's also a buzz because of the new affiliation between the Blue Jays and Bisons. The minor-league players are talking about it, the media is interested in making trips across the Peace Bridge and I probably got stopped by eight or nine fans I didn't even know at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium who saw "Buffalo" on my press pass to talk about the team or Coca-Cola Field.
With all that in mind, I had a chance to sit down with longtime Blue Jays radio voice Jerry Howarth and discuss the current state of the Jays and turned it into an audio podcast.
Howarth, who came on the air in Toronto in 1981, called all the glory days seasons with legendary partner Tom Cheek, and was the 2012 winner of the Jack Graney Award presented by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame for contributions by a media member to the game in Canada.
Click below to hear Howarth talk about the feelings on camp, his thoughts on the moves made over the winter by GM Alex Anthopoulos, the new affiliation with Buffalo and his emotions on the news that his late partner Cheek will be honored in Cooperstown this summer with the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence.