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Stadium Love: Rogers Centre On Blue Jays Opening Day 2013

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Geddy Lee is the front man for the Canadian Band Rush and threw out the first pitch.  Over 48000 fans jam packed the Rogers Center this past Tuesday.,  The team is favored to win the American League east by Las Vegas Oddsmakers.

Geddy Lee is the front man for the Canadian Band Rush and threw out the first pitch. 48857  fans jam-packed the Rogers Center this past Tuesday. The team is favored to win the American League east by Las Vegas Oddsmakers.  Despite a raucous crowd, plus national attention by the Canadian Sports Television Networks, the Jays lost the game 4 – 1.  Last night they dropped a 3 – 2 decision to the Indians in Extra Innings – to start the year 0 – 2.  This game featured half the attendance (24,619) of Tuesday celebrated opener.  The Jays fans are still excited, but need to see results.

By Jordan Hennessey (MLB Reports Contributor) 

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:

Everybody loves opening day.  Even the years that  Toronto has struggled - they would routinely sell out the home opener and then take a serious hit for the rest of the series. Usually a promotion like $2 bleacher tickets and $1 hot dog nights would follow in Game #2.  Not this year.

Everybody loves opening day. Even the years that Toronto has struggled – they would routinely sell out the home opener and then take a serious hit for the rest of the opening series. Usually a promotion like $2 bleacher tickets – and $1 hot dog nights would follow in Game #2 to stimulate attendance. Not this year though.  The team has played in Exhibition Stadium (1977 – 1988, before moving into the SkyDome (Now called the Rogers Centre) in 1988 – Present.

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.

RA Dickey was the unfortunate loser of a 4 - 1 Decision on Opening Day at the Rogers Center.  The Knuckbleballer is coming of a NL Cy Young in 2012.

RA Dickey was the unfortunate loser of a 4 – 1 Decision on Opening Day at the Rogers Center. The Knuckbleballer is coming of a NL Cy Young in 2012.  The Toronto franchise is hoping that the added depth in the Starting Rotation will help break a 20 year playoff drought.

The Robert  Allen era

The big brass was out to field questions.

The big brass was out to field questions. John Gibbons, Alex Anthopoulos, Paul Beeston and Buck Martinez.

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.

The Blue Jays entered a new era in 2000 when Rogers Communications Inc. bought the Toronto Blue Jays from InBev.  One of the first changes that was noticeable was that The SkyDome was renamed, "The Rogers Centre".  The management has been extremely aggressive in trying to make this a winning franchise since the end of last year.  They added $40 Million in Salary and are hoping that the fans will fill the stadium so they can keep up the momentum in the upcoming years too

The Blue Jays entered a new era in 2000 when Rogers Communications Inc. bought the Toronto Blue Jays from InBev. One of the first changes that was noticeable was that The SkyDome was renamed, “The Rogers Centre”. The management has been extremely aggressive in trying to make this a winning franchise since the end of last year. They added $40 Million in Salary – and are hoping that the fans will fill the stadium so they can keep up the momentum in the upcoming years too.  This team routinely led the league in attendance at over 4 Million Fans in the early 1990’s.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big Thank – You goes out to MLB Reports Contributor Jordan Hennessey for preparing today’s featured post.  Jordan likes baseball, Blue Jays and Dr Oetkers Pizza.  He thinks that there is no better place to be then at a ball stadium on a summer afternoon. He is also a member on the Jays Care Young Professionals Committee.

He lives in Toronto, but in his mind he is always on Vancouver Island where he’s from.  You can follow him on Twitter and talk about baseball, Toronto, Vancouver or Canada in general. r

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