Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Opening day

As our beloved Blue Jays start a new season, expectations are high that a 20-year drought might be over. Hopes for the 37th opener are pinned on our new knuckleballer, R.A Dickey, who goes against the Cleveland Indians at 7:07 pm.

The Jays played their first game on April 7, 1977, with a small snowstorm sweeping over Exhibition Stadium just before game time. The new expansion team beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5, perhaps the high point of a first season that saw them finish in the basement of the AL East.

It took a while to reach the glory days of the back-to-back world championships in 1992 and 1993. Since then, fans have seen promising seasons repeatedly vanish but, as Canada's only major league baseball team, the Jays have an optimistic fan base that stretches from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland.

Backing up Dickie will be Bautista, Lind, Arencibia, Rasmus, Encarnacion (DH), and newcomers Reyes, Cabrera, Bonifacio, and Izturis. Canuck fan favourite Brett Laurie is on the DL and will likely be ready in about a week.

So here we go again.

OK, Blue Jays,
Let's Play Ball!


  1. Go Jays Go! I saw them play once at the Skydome. Would have been around 1996. It's the only professional baseball game I've ever been to.