We asked for stories of your Blue Jays fandom ahead of the playoffs. Here’s what you told us

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The Blue Jays are heading again to the playoffs and meaning hope amongst the Toronto devoted will attain a fever pitch Friday as the crew hits the area at Rogers Centre.

There’s rather a lot driving on Game 1 of the crew’s wild-card sequence towards the Seattle Mariners — however with dwelling area benefit, Toronto may very well be poised to make some noise in the postseason this 12 months after lacking by the narrowest of margins final season.

This week, CBC News asked you how you had been feeling heading into the playoffs and asked for stories of your fandom and your attachment to the crew.

Here’s what you told us, primarily based on greater than 100 responses to date.

The stories behind your fandom

For Curtis Tulloch and his household, the recreation they attended on July 19, 1994 will at all times be etched of their minds. His household had seats alongside the third final analysis and received there early sufficient to see batting follow.

His 11-year-old brother, Jonathan, was the first one to run down into the stands to seek out their seats. Just as he was checking his ticket, a gaggle of gamers known as out “heads up” to warn him about an incoming foul ball.

Blue Jays slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr., proper, pours water onto infielder Bo Bichette following a recreation towards the Houston Astros at Rogers Centre final May. (Alex Lupul/CBC)

His brother turned — simply in time for the ball to hit him in the head, knocking him out and fracturing his eye socket.

Tulloch stated gamers sprang up and jumped over the wall to verify on his brother as stadium medics got here to his support.

“While Jon was being boarded for transport to SickChildren, Minnesota began their batting follow and as luck would have it, a second foul ball was despatched in his route,” Tulloch stated. “This time, it hit one of the medics, fracturing his hand.”

Even with these balls flying, Tulloch and his sister stayed at the recreation with their dad whereas his brother and mom went to The Hospital for Sick Children so Jonathan may very well be checked out.

Toronto Blue Jay Paul Molitor indicators a ball after Tulloch’s brother was hit in the head with a ball earlier than a recreation in 1994. (Submitted by Curtis Tulloch)

The Jays then invited the household again the subsequent day for batting follow. In hindsight, Tulloch joked, that would possibly have “been a bit traumatic” for his brother.

“Jonathan received first-class remedy,” he stated.

Pat Borders, a Jays catcher at the time, “came visiting for photos, gave him a tour of the dugout, and signed the bat which set the entire occasion in movement,” Tulloch added.

“Jon ended up with some nice memorabilia, together with bats from Pat Borders and Paul Molitor, who had been the 1992 and 1993 World Series MVPs, respectively. We stayed for the recreation, this time sitting safely behind dwelling plate and the solely protecting display in the stadium.”

Krista Murray says her seven-year-old son Landon is a large Blue Jays fan. (Submitted by Krista Murray)

For Krista Murray, her household’s fandom has began to span generations.

“It’s been particularly significant to us in our home this 12 months,” she told CBC News. Murray was solely seven years previous when the Jays received the 1992 World Series, and video games had been at all times on in the home, together with her dad always carrying a Blue Jays hat.

But throughout the 1993 World Series, Murray was despatched to mattress earlier than the finish of Game 6, so she did not get to see Joe Carter hit the iconic dwelling run that received the recreation and clinched the crew’s second consecutive championship.

“It’s been a joke type of in my household, that I needed to go to mattress and miss that large second with my favorite participant,” she stated.

But now nearly 30 years later, her personal son is seven years previous and has himself turn out to be obsessive about baseball.

“He is watching each recreation, checking the stats. He’s re-enacting the gamers in the again yard each night time, and simply following the Jays’ journey,” she stated.

“It’s been very nice to have that pleasure once more, 30 years later.”

Most followers imagine Jays will win

Call it homerism if you should, however most Jays followers who responded to our survey actually love the crew’s possibilities towards the Mariners (even when Seattle did win the season sequence this 12 months 5 video games to 2).

A whopping 91.1 per cent of respondents stated they thought the Jays would advance to the American League Division Series.

More particularly, 52.9 per cent of individuals who answered thought the Jays would win the sequence in three video games, whereas 38.2 per cent stated Toronto would win it in two. 

Only 8.8 per cent thought the crew wouldn’t advance.

Blue Jays infielder Otto López bangs out successful towards the Baltimore Orioles throughout a recreation this week. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Are you superstitious, or just a bit bit ‘stitious?’

Athletes, and by extension their followers, are infamous for being superstitious — or perhaps just a bit bit “‘stitious,” as Michael Scott as soon as put it in the hit TV present The Office.

While some individuals who responded to our survey stated they did not have any ritualistic ingredient to their fandom, others undoubtedly did.

One individual wrote that their fortunate appeal is a ball that hit them at a recreation on May 22. “I received a pleasant bruise and a ball. I maintain the ball in my hand each recreation!” the fan stated.

Another stated they wish to “give an underperforming participant a nasty nickname after which they show us mistaken (ex. Whiff Merrifield).”

Rogers Centre was decked out and prepared for the playoffs ahead of Friday’s recreation. (Patrick Morrell/CBC)

Yet one other individual stated they’ve to verify to eat a scorching canine on opening day, whereas another person stated that they had to verify to be of their seat and watching from the ceremonial first pitch proper up till the final out.

Some stated they ensure that to deck themselves out of their favorite Jays gear on recreation day, whereas one other stated they ensure that to not put on something Jays-related on a day the crew is enjoying (perhaps these followers are cancelling one another out?).

Another individual stated they’ve to face as much as watch at any time when a runner is on third base, whereas another person stated their superstitions relaxation with a Buck Martinez alarm clock and a Blue Jays foam rubber hand that rests behind it on the mantel of their dwelling.

“We do not transfer them except we’ve got to vary the battery in the clock or mud.” 

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