The Toronto Blue Jays, since the loss of the Montreal Expos in 2004, are the only Canadian MLB team. Having won 11 games in a row, the Jays are atop the American League East standings and will look to reach the post-season for the first time since 1993. They’ve traded for superstar talent welcoming super star pitcher David Price and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to name a few, surpassed the New York Yankees in the playoff race and people are looking ahead to a deep playoff run.
Right now, not only are the Toronto Blue Jays the hottest team in baseball, they’re also the odds-on favourites to win the World Series. According to Bodog, the Blue Jays have 4-to-1 odds — slightly better than the Kansas City Royals’ 5-to-1 odds — to win their first championship since 1993. Wouldn’t that be something? Knock on wood, cross your fingers but it is going to be an exciting run for the Commissioner’s Trophy.
The Jays have begun to sell out games and nearly sold out a weeknight game Wednesday with a season-high weeknight attendance. TV ratings for Jays’ games are through the roof. Winning is fun, and so is the winning atmosphere. The Blue Jays made a huge statement last weekend when they swept the Yankees. Their hitting has been dominant, and they’ve been pitching the lights out. Sports talk across the country isn’t hockey or even football: it is all about baseball. Long-haul fans and non-baseball devotees are all talking about the Jays: the bandwagon is rolling!
But Toronto is not beloved country-wide. Whether talking about sports (those Leafs!) or for its reputation as the financial capital of Canada with its Bay Street big-shots, Toronto is more often than not disparaged. Toronto, not always the twinkle in the rest of the country’s eye, has seemingly got the whole country on its side (at least on the diamond…).
Do you have Jays’ fever? I certainly do…