Baseball fans eager for playoff action in Toronto for first time 1993

By Ian Beauchesne

Oct. 2, 2015

The year was 1993. The enormously popular Beanie Babies were launched. The first bag-less vacuum cleaner was invented. And Bill Clinton was president.

It was also the last time fans in Canada saw some playoff baseball action at the Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Dan Cudemore is the athletics development and communications coordinator at Holland College.

He was six when the Blue Jays last made the playoffs and he is thrilled to have playoff baseball back. He was six when the Blue Jays last made the playoffs and he is thrilled to have playoff baseball back.

“This really truly is Canada’s team right now. They not only have a city behind them, but an entire country and I can’t help but feel they are feeding off of that.”

The Jays have focused on offence this year, scoring 887 runs, tops in the league, combined with 227 home runs, also the top of the league.

Megan Proctor is a student in the Sport and Leisure Management at Holland College. She has never seen her favourite baseball team in the playoffs.

Proctor is certain this Jays team will have a long post season run, despite their lack of experience.

“This team has a no-quit attitude about it and I love it,” she said.

“The team is feeding off the energy just as much as the fans are and I think that makes them a more dangerous team.”

Attendance this year per game averages 35,505, better than many other stadiums in the majors.

Even some Red Sox fans are happy for the Jays. Ryan Brown of Amesbury Mass., is ready to jump on the Jays bandwagon.

“As much as I want to be all upset and aggravated about this brutal summer of bad baseball with the Sox, I am just going to follow the Jays,” he said.

“The way they are playing this year really reminds me of the 2013 Red Sox when it seemed like they couldn’t be stopped. They were on a mission and I think the Jays are the same way right now.”

Post-season baseball in Toronto starts Thursday, Oct. 8.

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