About two minutes after the Bluejays were eliminated by Kansas City, I started thinking about NEXT year's team. Usually it takes me a couple of weeks to start thinking about baseball again, but not this year. I want to see this lineup in action again. I want to see if they can squeeze home a run from third base in the clutch. I want to see what their pitching staff looks like. So I'm ready to predict the 2016 lineup.
For many years, I complained that Toronto sports fans were too quiet. There really was no home-field advantage for Toronto teams. The fans would occasionally get riled up, but they always seemed to wait until something happened, rather than cause something to happen. And when it comes to hockey, the visiting teams love coming to Toronto because they know how quiet it gets when the Maple Leafs are trailing. But the Bluejays have changed all that. I was at the game yesterday and it was LOUD.
A lot of people who don't normally go to baseball games will be shoehorned into the Rogers Centre this week, and we need to ensure that they know how to act properly. Be advised, you will be on TV if a foul ball comes near you, and you need to represent the team and the country in such a manner that people don't think you're a drunken Canadian goofball who just came from hockey practice. Show some class.
Having been part of the Maple Leaf broadcasts for a number of years, I know a lot about being on team charter flights. Frankly, I hated it. When the Leafs lost (which was often) you couldn't laugh, smile, smirk or even speak, unless it was in hushed tones because you were sitting among a group of young men and their coaches and trainers who just lost a hockey game. Which can be a lot like sitting at a funeral.