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Retro Blue Jays – 2002 Time Capsule

June 29, 2018

Posted by Balsamwoods.

Thanks to social media, it’s now hard to recall a time when following the Blue Jays was a lonely experience.

This random item I recently found on YouTube captures that feeling.

It’s home video of the poster’s trip to Toronto, which included in-stadium clips of – based on the footage – the May 27, 2002 match between the Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.

The in-game experience has certainly changed at Skydome over the years. This is evident in the video when one sees the original scoreboards, fireworks after homeruns and the bright green AstroTurf. The J-Force dancers have a completely different look, not to mention Ace and Diamond.

The video is also a time capsule and reminds us how little attention was given to the team at the time.

During the late 90s and early 2000s, the Jays were very low on the totem pole of Toronto sports. The Leafs, Raptors and Rock were putting together strong playoff runs from the fancy, new Air Canada Centre.

Showing interest in the Jays was met with disdain. Free tickets or a chance to go to a game were scoffed at.

The team’s overall performance on the field didn’t help either. This was especially the case in 2002. At the time of this particular match, the Jays were 17-30 and Manager Buck Martinez was days away from being fired.

Having said that, don’t treat this video as a cruel reminder. It has some lovely aspects to it as well.

Roy Halladay was the starter that night. Though it wasn’t his best performance, Doc was in the midst of his breakout season. You’ll also see some familiar faces like Carlos Delgado, Raul Mondesi, Nomar Garciapara and Ugueth Urbina. You might even enjoy the two Leaf fans who run on the field and troll the crowd.

[Was “troll” a term used in 2002? Maybe I should’ve gone with “punk’d.”] 😝

ER

The Dirt Infield…..It’s now a thing!

March 28, 2016

If Stephen R. Brooks can post pictures of the new dirt infield, why can’t I? 😉

A friend and I were at the ACC for a Marlies game Saturday afternoon. Following the match, we decided to venture over to Skydome before grabbing dinner. The only entry point was through the Jays Shop store near Gate 5.

As we checked out the merchandise, I made my way to the exit/entrance that takes you to the concourse area. Obviously, that area was blocked off. However, I still had a view of the ball park’s newest feature.

Oh snap!

ER

Episode 47: Bullpen Struggles, Travis Marvels

April 30, 2015

One month through and there’s plenty of positives and negatives.

Jenn Smith of BlueJaysPlus.com shares her thoughts on the Jays’ performance in April and what will happen to the recently released Ricky Romero.

Episode 47 Direct MP3 Download

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Grass in the concrete ballpark

January 26, 2015

Tell me
when grass in the ballpark became
such a hot topic
and when AstroTurf became an enemy of the fan base.

I remember
the lime green surface that expanded in the July heat
and produced the highest bounces.

It was present
when Bell dropped to his knees,
Candy booked the ticket to Atlanta,
and Joe sent the Phillies home.

And at some point,
the surface became a villain,
compared to a basketball court,
a deterrent for free agents.

So grass is the answer?
Snap the fingers and everything is fixed?

Grass has my support,
yet installation is tricky,
like a Koufax curveball.

So wait until 2018,
but don’t hold your breath.

ER

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