It wouldn’t be fair to classify myself as a Toronto Blue Jay fan, but being from the city, I stay up to date with what’s going on with the team, and I like to see good things happen to my city. A good example of that would be the Toronto Maple Leafs. I don’t watch hockey, in fact, because of the non-stop reporting I’ve begun hating the sport. But, there is burning passion in Toronto for the Leafs, so for the sake of neighbours, I hope that the Leafs one day bring the Stanley Cup home.
That’s why yesterday I was immensely disappointed that Justin Trudeau and the Canadian Government made the decision to not allow the Blue Jays to play at Rogers Center this season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ever since the Montreal Expos packed their bags and moved to the Nation's Capital of the United States, the Blue Jays have been the only team in Canada, and now in 2020 they will be representing us from a different city, in a different country.
I’m not here complaining, and I promise you I’m not an anti-mask wearing “Karen”, I’m simply just expressing how disappointing it is.
Do I have a USA complex? I guess maybe a little. Outside of the NHL, Canada is represented by one team in the NBA, and one team in MLB, and three teams in the MLS. We don’t have an NFL team, and ya, I have zero issue saying that I feel some jealousy that our options are so limited. That being said, there is also something very cool about watching a team that the entire county is supporting. The Raptors run to their first NBA championship last year was amazing to watch, and a city that bandwagon winners, got right behind Kawhi Leonard and the boys.
As the Blue Jays consider Buffalo and Florida as possible destinations to play baseball this year, I can’t help but reflect about how all of us around the world have been affected by COVID-19. Like I said at the top, I wouldn’t consider myself a Blue Jay fan, but I do see the Blue Jays as a part of our national identity. I have fond memories of heading down to the Sky Dome, now known as Roger Center, during the dog days of summer enjoying beers, hotdogs, and baseball. Having two daughters, we bond, but as they’ve gotten older, finding common interests has become increasingly difficult. But, whether it’s at the ballpark, on tv, or on the radio, baseball and the Blue Jays has been that common interest.
Fans weren’t going to be allowed in the stadium, we wouldn’t have been sharing a popcorn and taking part in the seventh inning stretch, but that doesn’t mean it’s not lost on me that Canada’s team isn’t allowed to play in Canada.