The Toronto Blue Jays may have finished the 2019 season behind, but the franchise is keeping their head high as they enter the training season. Many of your favorite players will return in 2020 alongside new trades and bright fresh hopefuls to turn things around. You can bet that with something to prove, the Toronto Blue Jays are going to give baseball fans the best year in recent Blue Jays history and you can catch the best-played games only at Rogers Centre. You can join over 49,000 other fans in cheering on your favorite plays as they work to bring the points and wins needed for the upcoming World Series race. Sportswriters will tell you that the squad has the potential to come out on top in the coming seasons and 2020 may be the season for Toronto Blue Jays fans. But if you want to see the best baseball out of the boys in blue, red, and white then there’s only one thing to do.
As the Blue Jays enter their 44th season, you can expect real fans to shout for “One Nation” and root for their team from the moment they hit the field. Every year the team rises in popularity as the charismatic players win the hearts of millions, as the Blue Jays were the first MLB team to attract over 4 million fans in 1991. You could join the crowd in singing “OK Blue Jays” in the seventh-inning stretch or even witness the servicemen who receive honors at the game. The Toronto Blue Jays stand for some of the richest traditions in baseball including the singing of both the Canadian and American national anthems. All of this and more could be enjoyed if you come to the home games at Rogers Centre.
So make sure you don’t miss out on the fun and come out to the ball game. Fans of the Blue Jays or good clean sportsmanship will appreciate the afternoon out. Check out this website for more information on upcoming games and get first dibs on the best seats of the house only here. Individual game tickets are available now.
Toronto Blue Jays Traditions
It’s not an accident that made the Toronto Blue Jays one of the most popular teams in MLB. A huge part of the fun that keeps fans coming back for more is the rich traditions that mark every home game. Here are a few of the traditions that you’ll get to enjoy when you come out to Rogers Centre.
OK Blue Jays
Most ballparks have “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” sung, usually during the seventh-inning stretch. But the Blue Jays sing and clap during “OK Blue Jays” by Keith Hampshire and The Bat Boys. The song was originally released in 1983 and was later remixed in 2003, before being shortened for use during home games.
During Sunday home games, the Blue Jays pay tribute to members of the Canadian Armed Forces. During the third inning, the team presents a chosen member of the service a personalized jersey. This love of their nation’s military is always appreciated by baseball fans from both sides of the border and the jerseys often become a treasured piece of memorabilia in baseball fan collections.
While Rogers Centre is still a Canadian ballpark, the Toronto Blue Jays are part of the American MLB. Since 2005, the franchise honors both countries by singing The Star-Spangled Banner before O Canada at every home game. O Canada is often sung in English and French except for one game on June 29, 2019, where O Canada was sung in Cree and English.
The Blue Jays are no stranger to rival games. The franchise’s hottest fought games are against three teams: The Montreal Expos, The Detroit Tigers, and the Seattle Mariners. The rivalry against the Expos was due to geographic location as the Expos were the other Canadian MLB team before it was relocated. The teams played annually from 1978 to 1986 in a game known as the Pearson Cup, named after former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. The teams then faced each other in the regular season starting in 1997 with the advent of interleague play. The rivalry against the Detroit Tigers is a more traditional rivalry starting back in the 1980s when they were both in the AL East. The rivalry died down after the Tigers moved to the AL Central with the teams only facing off six to seven times per season since 2011. The rivalry against the Seattle Mariners is the least traditional but may be caused by Seattle being only a three-hour drive from Vancouver. The Seattle Times estimated that Blue Jays fans made up 70 percent of the crowd during their battle in a June 2017 weekend series.
Who is Tom Cheek?
If you spend any time around long-time Blue Jays fans then you may have heard about Tom Cheek. Cheek was a play-by-play announcer who called every Blue Jays game from the team’s inaugural contest on April 7, 1977, until June 3, 2004, where he took two games off following the death of his father. This meant calling a consecutive streak of 4,306 regular-season games and 41 postseason games. Cheek was so well-loved that when he died on October 9, 2005, the team commemorated him during the 2006 season by wearing circular patches on their jerseys that featured the initials ‘TC’ and a stylized microphone. Cheek is also honored in the Blue Jays’ “Level of Excellence” in the upper level of the Rogers Centre with the number 4,306 depicted beside his name. Cheek has also received the third-most fan votes for nomination for the Ford C. Frick Award for Broadcasting excellence. Cheek received the award, posthumously, in 2013 after nine years on the ballot.
Cheek is an example of the dedication that Blue Jays fans and staff show every time they come out to Rogers Centre for their home games and beyond.