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liveintheprésent: What the Toronto Blue Jays symbolize (by: Jovin Tardif)

 


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liveintheprésent: What the Toronto Blue Jays symbolize (by: Jovin Tardif)

I was 7 to 8 years old when Papa brought us to the Blue Jays Game at Exhibition Stadium. At the time, I didn’t realize the impact that baseball had on my life. It allowed me to understand the importance of teamwork and friendship. My two brothers and I were big fans of the game. We all had our favourite players on the team. My oldest brother liked George Bell. My other brother was a fan of Fred McGriff. I was a fan of Tony Fernandez. They were the boys in blue and we were there to cheer them on. Papa taught us a lesson though. As we sat at the game, he made us understand statistics, who to watch on all MLB teams and what baseball meant to him. I thought it was the coolest way to bond with one another. Away from the exhibition or SkyDome, my brothers and I collected baseball cards. We would play baseball in the park and emulate our favourite stars until dark when we couldn’t see the ball anymore.

A trade that changed the landscape was when the Toronto Blue Jays traded Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres for Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. As a child, I simply couldn’t believe what was happening but Papa explained how trades work and the impact it could have on a team.

In 1992, the season started and things were going great. The Toronto Blue Jays were part of the World Series. I simply couldn’t believe it but I loved it. The best-of-seven series American League (AL) champions Toronto Blue Jays vs the National League (NL) champions Atlanta Braves. Toronto defeated Atlanta four games to two. Toronto was the first team based outside the United States to win the World Series. What a moment.

In 1993, the Blue Jays made it again to the dance. A best-of-seven American League (AL) champion Toronto Blue Jays vs the National League (NL) champions Philadelphia Phillies. The Blue Jays defeated the Phillies, four games to two. We would be screaming at the television as we watched the magic happen once again.

I continue to love the game today and go a few times a year with friends or family to cheer our Toronto team. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly with the Blue Jays but I look at the bigger picture. It is not just a game. MLB is about moments not just the sport. The next time you are at a game, look around you. Look at the families and friends enjoying time together. You are watching stories unfold in front of you every day. Emotions happening all around you.

In 2020, the team has made a few changes. New players include: Hyun-jin Ryu, Shun Yamaguchi, and Travis Shaw. They will play with fan favorites: Bo Bichette, Randal Grichuk, Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. How do you think they will do this year?


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