Blue Days

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Blue Jays Baseball Game Live at the Skydome – er, Rogers Centre. This picture from July 31, 2003 marks the occasion. The Jays lost to Tampa Bay that day, the same way they did today – decisively.

I suppose I could trot out the excuse that I now live 6 hours away, rather than 1 hour. But I’m not motivated to watch on TV or Facebook either. (Yes , one game earlier this week was on Facebook – go figure.)

Maybe it’s bad baseball – the Blue Jays will have their 5th worst season ever this year. Maybe I’m more interested in watching Red Sox v Yankees – where a former Jays frontline pitcher went 6 1/3 innings last night and a former Jays slugger drove in 3 runs. Maybe I can’t take the constant homer hype from Buck and Tabby. Maybe I’m tired of the small market attitude of the Jays Cleveland-based management. But I haven’t watched a single game in its entirety for ages. This is a guy who used to attend 40 games a year, was at 2 World Series and saw the historic Joe Carter homer in person back in 1993. Pretty pathetic huh?

Judging by the precipitous drop in attendance at the ballpark, I am not alone. I haven’t got any TV ratings but I’m sure they are down as well. Does Rogers really care?

I am glad I got to see Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and Robbie Alomar perform at their best, but I don’t think we’ll ever see anything comparable in future – not as long as the current management remains in place. For them it’s more important to have 42 years of low cost player control than to have a winning team. Probably it’s time to shift my fan support to Atlanta – where another ex-Jay is flourishing and a former Jays GM is in charge of a potential pennant winner. Nuff said.

Published by Ray MacDonald

Ray MacDonald is a retired food scientist who lives in Almonte, ON.
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