Chris' Corner: OK, Blue Jays, Let's Play Ball

OK, Blue Jays, Let's Play Ball

original Blue Jay logo

The real harbinger of spring for many people in North America is the start of the Baseball season. In 1977, when Toronto opened its inaugaral season at what we now call the "mistake by the lake", I was hooked.

For many people living in Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham, "our" team is the Toronto Blue Jays.

This year, there seemed to be a real "buzz" down in Dunedin, Florida, where the Toronto Blue Jays hold their annual spring training, and that buzz seems to have traveled all the way up to Canada. Now, most baseball prognosticators seem to have missed this, as many are predicting our Blue Jays to finished fifth in the powerful American League East division and end up with ~ 76 wins.

The feeling "in the streets", among Blue Jay fans seems to be as optimistic as I have noticed since the the 1994 season, when Toronto was at the top of the Baseball world coming of back to back World Series wins.

After many years, most with likes of Carlos Delgado and Roy Halliday, we still were mired out of the playoffs in a division stacked with the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, and the Orioles.

In my opinion, the real change came from the top. In October of 2009, the Toronto Blue Jays named a 33 year old Canadian, Alex Anthopoulos, their new manager. This 2011 edition seems full of pitching, power, and speed.

After trading away Roy Halliday to the Phillies, the Blue Jays still managed 85 wins, though not enough to secure a playoff spot, the season showed that his plan might have some merit.

After trading away Vernon Wells in the off-season, our 2011 opening day roster can be viewed here:

Toronto Blue Jays depth chart

Official Toronto Blue Jay website

With our closer, Frank Francisco starting out the year on the 15 day disabled list, poised to join the team later in the month, Brett Lawrie, who will probably join the major league team at third base some time this year, I feel, like many out there, that our prospects are looking up.

Our Blue Jays open at Roger's Centre (formerly known as the SKYDOME) this evening, and though I won't be at this near sellout, I will see them a number of times this summer. I will be watching with great interest tonight at 7 pm EST for the opening pitch, looking forward to the year. I know that for fans of every team, especially at this time of year, hope springs eternal, but for us, who love our Blue Jays, let's sing:

OK, Blue Jays, let's play Ball

2011 Blue Jays

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Comment balloon 9 commentsChris Smith • April 01 2011 08:49AM

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Hi Chris, here they are starting a new season and we still have some snow in our backyard.  I was at the first game the Blue Jays played and followed them pretty close, even had season tickets a couple of years.  Ever since the strike, we just have not got back into it, guess a team that could be a contender might get us out again.  Strike One

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Al & Peggy, I remember fondly our forays to the brand new SKYDOME back in 1989... even those seats in the nosebleed sections =)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Ah yes, hope springs eternal for Toronto sports fans.  Let's hope they can keep things interesting all year, it's a tiough job in the A.L. east.

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Chris, '89 was a very, very good year ;) we will start practising our singing then and doing the wave!.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Malcolm, on this day all teams are equal, where they will be in September... that is another story ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Toronto Blue Jays? Ack! Go Padres!

By the way, you have a shout-out in my March 31 Pay It Forward Google juice (part 8) post.

Posted by Not a real person over 9 years ago

Hi Chris - I remember watching the first game on TV back in 1977.  I also went to the World Series parade downtown when the Blue Jays won.

Posted by FN LN over 9 years ago

I watched the first game on TV also... though if you hear people talk, hundreds of thousands went down and watched the game live at Exhibition Stadium, Marc.  I'm waiting for the Leaf's next Stanley Cup parade before I go downtown ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Chris,

This year I'm going to go to a few games. What I don't like about baseball, is that your team can be so far behind by August that they are effectively "out of it".

Brian

Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) over 9 years ago

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