Stadium Love: Rogers Centre On Blue Jays Opening Day 2013
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By Jordan Hennessey (MLB Reports Contributor) Follow @hennej
The marketing machines at Rogers Communications, the parent company of the Blue Jays came up with opening week commercials with the theme being “Stadium Love. That is exactly what it was on Tuesday.
It has been a long time since there was this much excitement heading into a Jays season. Suddenly a city that hasn’t enjoyed a winning sports season in quite some time is completely infatuated with all things Blue Jays.
You can look into what all the bookmakers say but this team is stacked, and people are talking about them.
If you were lucky enough to get a ticket to the home opener last night you were in for the treat. Outcome aside, and even with the generally slow pace of the game, the energy was still electric.
The entire city was buzzing and one bar even had the theme song of the Blue Jays playing in the afternoon.
Blue Jays – Lets Play Ball Song:
As a Blue Jays and baseball fan you can’t help but get excited whenever you hear this song. It was a great way to kick off the day.
As the fans piled into the Rogers Center early to catch a glimpse of the pre game festivities, which even included the first pitch being thrown by Rush front man Geddy Lee , there was a sense that this team mattered once again.
Whether you just jumped on the bandwagon over the winter or you’ve been slugging it out through the rough times it didn’t matter because last night was a clean slate and we have 162 games to play.
As you might expect the nerves were at an all time high through the first few trips around the batting order, but we will forgive them, for this year the general consensus is they can do no wrong in the hearts of Jays fans.
You had to expect that as the Wonder kid GM Anthopoulos stacked his real life fantasy team there was going to be some growing pains as the team learnt how to work as a unit. Particularly with JP and R.A. Dickey.
I respect Gibbons decision in going with JP for the opener. He deserves it and has become a great ambassador for the team.
As the season progresses and they become more familiar with each other it will be interesting to see if Farrell moves back to Blanco who is widely considered one of the best defensive catchers in the league, as well as a seasoned veteran when it comes to catching the Knuckleball.
If JP gets 4/5 starts that should give him around 120 starts which is a lot of games, my opinion, don’t be afraid to tap Blanco in and give JP his rest when Robert Allen is on the mound.
I wouldn’t be telling Gibbons anything he doesn’t already know.
The Robert Allen era
|As I learned back in February at the Jays “state of the franchise” pictured here|
The onus is on us the fans to help justify the millions of dollars that Rogers invested into the team ahead of the 2013 season; the only way to keep ticket prices down in seasons to come is to get fans in the seats beyond the home opener.
I was surprised to hear that there were still tickets available for game 2 of the season. Historically there has been a large drop off of fans after the home opener.
Selling out the home opener is nothing new, but if we want to keep this stadium love going, we need this love affair to last longer than a spring fling like in years past.
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