A Toronto Blue Jays MLB Game

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I have watched live hockey games in Ottawa, I attended a few Olympic events and enjoyed many concerts but I had never been to a baseball game.

Until last weekend, to me, baseball was a never-ending zero-action game played by a bunch of superstitious but neatly dressed players, spitting, running around an occasionally hitting or catching a tiny ball. The (lack of) action was commented by experts who used cryptic terms such as “bottom of the ninth”, “what an inning!” and “two balls one strike”.

“Why do you like baseball?” I asked Feng many times.

“Because it’s all about strategy! See, when this player blah blah blah blah…”

Well, Feng doesn’t really say “blah blah blah” but that’s what I hear about two minutes of him dissecting the merits of MLB.

I still agreed to go see a game because 1) we were heading to Toronto for a short road trip and it was something fun to do 2) I was curious to see a live game.

So we drove to Toronto with tickets to see the Blue Jays vs. the Oakland Athletics. At 1 p.m., we joined the crowd of blue-clad fans walking down Yonge Street toward the Rogers Centre, home to the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball. It was a sunny day, the roof was open and the atmosphere outside the stadium was festive. Pretty much everyone was entering the stadium with a hot dog in hand (except us because we had dim sum in Chinatown instead) without rushing. Apparently, in baseball, it doesn’t really matter when the game starts or what’s going on. Unlike at a hockey game where everyone sits tight during each of the three twenty-minute period, fans wandered around the stadium during the entire game.

Mark immediately loved baseball. I’m not sure whether it’s a good thing (yay, something caught his interest!) or a bad thing (crap, I’m going to have to drive him to practice, ain’t I?) but watching him studying the game was fun. Plus—sorry, mommy moment here—he clapped his hands for the first time. I mean, technically he could clap his hands before, but he had never done it for cheering. Well, he cheered every two seconds during the game.

As a young fan, Mark had the chance to throw a ball in the “kid’s zone” and he won some memorabilia. Well, it’s unlikely we will use the Blue Jays hologram placemat at the dinner table but still, it was nice. I did not buy the “I love BJ” tee though, because… well, I don’t even know where to start here.

I wish I could say I had a revelation and I suddenly completely understood the game but I did not. I can name a few players, sure. But I was mostly busy taking pictures, enjoying the amazing view on the CN Tower and soaking up the atmosphere—after all, maybe that’s what baseball is all about. Sit down, relax and cheer once in a while.

You can see the complete set of pictures taken in Toronto on Flickr.

Going to the Game

Going to the Game

Blue Jays Way

Blue Jays Way

Around the Rogers Centre

Around the Rogers Centre

Discovering the Stadium

Discovering the Stadium

Cheering

Cheering

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

he Can Apparently Understand It Better Than Me

he Can Apparently Understand It Better Than Me

Tattoo For Mark

Tattoo For Mark

Going to Our Seats

Going to Our Seats

CN Tower from the Rogers Centre

CN Tower from the Rogers Centre

Young Player

Young Player

Mark Throwing a Ball

Mark Throwing a Ball

Tees and Jerseys

Tees and Jerseys

Flag for Mark

Flag for Mark

Blue Jays

Blue Jays

Upper Level Seats

Upper Level Seats

Checking Out The View

Checking Out The View

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Walking Around the Rogers Centre

Walking Around the Rogers Centre

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

The Seats

The Seats

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Memorabilia

Memorabilia

Rogers Centre

Rogers Centre

Watching the Game

Watching the Game

Hot Dogs and Taxi Outside

Hot Dogs and Taxi Outside

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

14 Comments

  1. I lived beside the stadium for a year, which would’ve been most convenient if I were a baseball fan. I could see Gates 10-11 from the living room, and the top floors have a view into the stadium when the roof is open. My friend who owned the condo I lived in bought the place because he’s a baseball fanatic, but his job took him out of town constantly and he never really got to take advantage of the location.

    Ironically I didn’t see my first Blue Jays game until my friend invited me to join her in the Scotiabank corporate box just one week after I moved to another neighbourhood. I don’t think I would’ve bothered to see a baseball game except I was curious to see what what the corporation section was like (it’s very fancy, like Air Canada Centre’s but the layout is more open because Rogers Centre is much bigger).

    2007: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gailontheweb/759911999
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    2008: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gailontheweb/2643705004

    The date was 07.07.07 and there was this overly dramatic proposal broadcast on the big screens, but I suspect it was all a stage publicity stunt — it was just way too perfect.

    Actually, what I found way more interesting was the following year while taking some Japanese people around Toronto. Japanese people love baseball, so I arranged for them to take a tour of Rogers Centre after going up the CN Tower. The stadium field was getting converted from baseball to gridiron (CFL football), and they show the media boxes and various sections like the adjoining hotel. I completely geeked out on the roof engineering, stats, and logistics behind the conversions. If you’re interested in that sort of thing, the Rogers Centre suddenly becomes more fascinating.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gailontheweb/2642903553

      • Yes, I have Too-Many-Pictures-Syndrome (33,000+) but not so much Organizational Syndrome. I wasn’t always tagging them in the past so many get buried in the archives.

        Cubans are baseball-mad, too, a number of them defected through sport. When I was in Cuba I watched them play, but didn’t take any pictures for some reason.

        Aren’t Puerto Ricans also major baseball players? I didn’t know baseball fever was also in Nicaragua.

        • I think in Nicaragua the people were introduced to baseball by the US troops when they were there. Other Central America countries are more into soccer.

  2. Martin Penwald on

    Like americain football, I am unable to process and understand the rules of baseball. I don’t even understand the scores. And overall, I don’t want to understand that.
    Advantage of baseball over hockey : equipment is less costly.
    But in fact, there is a lot of sport that are really boring to watch. Baseball, football (both european and american), Nascar, F1 …
    Eventually, basketball is nice, because it always move, and contrary to hockey, the ball is easy to follow.

    • I laughed at the “I don’t even understand the score”… this is exactly how I feel!

      I like hockey because the game is quick and there is action. And fights. Basketball is one of the only sports Feng doesn’t watch so I’m not too familiar with it.

  3. To me, baseball is American cricket. It isn’t as dull as cricket, but still…pretty dull. I would probably go though, just to tick it off the list! Oh Mark, getting into baseball! I feel your pain on that one!

  4. Tes photos sont très belles, j’adore les ambiences de stade.. C’est la saison du sport on dirait… michoco applaudit chaque point de rolland-garros et a même participé à la ola ! Ce qui est cool c’est que dans un stade avec un bébé dragon tu peux circuler, monter sur les barrières, parler, ça ne dérange pas (trop) les autres !

    • Ici, l’ambiance est assez bonne enfant dans les match de hockey et de baseball. Même si les fans prennent ça sérieusement, pas de hooligans ou de cordons de CRS comme dans les matchs de foot en Europe. Ouf!

      Le sénégal commence-t-il à vibrer pour la Coupe du monde?

      • Martin Penwald on

        Quand même, il y a des imbéciles partout, et bien que l’on n’observe pas les débordements des débiles du foot, il y a des histoires consternantes. Il y a environ 2 ans, un Calgarien s’est fait passé à tabac à Vancouver parce qu’il portait un chandail aux couleurs de l’équipe de hockey de Calgary.
        Le sport ramollit le cerveau partout dans le monde.

        • Oh merde, j’avais zappé cette histoire… c’est vrai qu’il y a des débordements, mais moins qu’en Europe je trouve ou certaines tribunes de foot sont tristement célèbres.

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  6. Aww that’s so sweet ! I like baseball (though sometimes i get lost). Although i am officially a PR, i am still an Orioles fan 🙂 LMAO you should let Mark wear the “I love BJ” tee and see how many comments you get lol

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