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It strikes me that so many of these year-end retrospectives start way too early, so I outwaited those dripping with impatience to make this eleventh-hour reveal after many days of careful consideration. Besides, I couldn?t really be bothered until now even if the idea has been percolating in my head for days.

Let me set the stage for you: chances are you?ll like most of these images, especially if you?ve just ingested a whole bottle of cough syrup. If you perchance do not like these photos, then may I humbly suggest you look at them a little while longer ? they might grow on you, not unlike a deadly toe fungus. My images tend to receive far more fanfare when those judging are on painkillers. So let your eyes cut loose: stare at the images one by one, let the aesthetics marinate, but not too long so they don?t become seared in your mind. Then clear your cache immediately.

So while I may be late to the game given that most photogs have long since posted their best-of galleries by now, it nevertheless gives me lukewarm pleasure to unveil the cream of the crop, my pictorial magnum opus in the form of this gallery below. Without further ado, I encourage you to crawl through the murky domains that follow :

Kevin Pillar of the Toronto Blue Jays dives but cannot get to a double that drops in front of him setting up the tying run in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins Jose Reyes of the Toronto Blue Jays slides safely into home plate to score a run as Derek Norris of the Oakland Athletics swipes in an attempt to tag him LEFT: Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays is forced out at second but takes out Jonathan Herrera of the Boston Red Sox, who has to jump to avoid him. RIGHT: Anthony Gose of the Toronto Blue Jays makes a leaping catch against the wall against the Tampa Bay Rays Norichika Aoki of the Kansas City Royals reacts after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded against the Toronto Blue Jays Carlos Santana of the Cleveland Indians is tagged out at home plate in the eighth inning by Josh Thole of the Toronto Blue Jays Melky Cabrera of the Toronto Blue Jays slides but cannot hold on to a double hit by Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees Howie Kendrick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim advances to third base on a throwing error as Juan Francisco of the Toronto Blue Jays is upended by Hendrick?s slide and falls on him A New York Yankees' fan reaches for a stray bat while holding on to his drink as the bat goes into the stands after Brian Roberts(not pictured) lost his handle while swinging against the Toronto Blue Jays Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals goes after a foul pop up, but comes up short in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Brett Lawrie of the Toronto Blue Jays gets all crossed up as he fields an infield single but cannot throw out the baserunner against the Baltimore Orioles A trespasser is brought to his knees and glutes after running onto the field of play during a Toronto Argonauts' game Marcus Stroman goes sky high as the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate their second walk-off victory of the season on June 9th against the Minnesota Twins Casey Janssen goes high as the Toronto Blue Jays celebrate their second walk-off victory of the season on June 9th against the Minnesota Twins Jose Bautista is feted by teammates after ending the longest game in Toronto Blue Jays history with an RBI single in the 19th inning Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Edwin Encarnacion after going deep Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Marcus Stroman signals to the dugout that he's just fine after after being hit by a line drive up the middle Ron Parker of the Kansas City Chiefs breaks up a pass intended for Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills Brandon Flowers of the San Diego Chargers breaks up a pass intended for Sammy Watkins of the Buffalo Bills Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots reaches but cannot hold on to the ball as a pass interference penalty is called against Duke Williams of the Buffalo Bills Bryce Brown of the Buffalo Bills hurdles over Tramon Williams of the Green Bay Packers as he carries the ball Cordarrelle Patterson of the Minnesota Vikings cannot get to an overthrown pass as Leodis McKelvin of the Buffalo Bills tries to cover Brian Hoyer of the Cleveland Browns is hit as he throws by the Buffalo Bills' Jerry Hughes Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas defends against Anaheim Ducks center Andrew Cogliano as Cogliano tries to control the puck Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Richard Panik falls as he tries to skate around the net as Calgary Flames goalie Jonas Hiller guards said net Toronto Maple Leafs right wing David Clarkson fights with St. Louis Blues left wing Brenden Morrow Carey Price stretches but cannot make the save as Mason Raymond(not pictured) beats him for a goal Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk tries to play the puck as he falls into the end boards with Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano Fans dressed as vintage goalies watch the game from behind the Montreal Canadiens bench as head coach Michel Therrien looks on Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris is fouled by Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan as he goes up to the hoop New York Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire dunks against the Toronto Raptors' Amir Johnson Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors goes into the seats in pursuit of the ball Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson as he drives to the basket Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas reaches for a rebound against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol LEFT: Marcin Gortat of the Washington Wizards gets a hand to the face from Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry. RIGHT: Toronto Raptors center Amir Johnson blocks Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic Amir Johnson of the Toronto Raptors power dunks as Kyle Lowry watches LEFT: Toronto FC forward Luke Moore heads the ball against Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark. MIDDLE: Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor is upended as he goes after the ball against Toronto FC forward Gilberto. RIGHT: Toronto FC forward Gilberto goes up for a header against New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell Toronto FC forward Jermain Defoe is sent airborne by the defender after scoring a goal Houston Dynamo midfielder Andrew Driver tries to play the ball with his foot as Toronto FC defender Mark Bloom goes at it with the head Toronto FC forward Luke Moore battles for a header against New York Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave Toronto FC forward Luke Moore is congratulated by defender Bradley Orr after scoring a goal against the New York Red Bulls Panda Da Mao chews on bamboo A truck burns on the westbound 401 near Woodstock A view of the Toronto skyline from the shores of Lake Ontario near St. Catharines
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