Since the 1992-93 World Series victories, the Blue Jays have not made the playoffs, the longest drought of any baseball team in the Major League.
With no other major sporting victory in Toronto since 1967, when the Maple Leafs won NHL’s Stanley Cup, Toronto fans are been starved of success and are traditionally very cynical, used to losing and heartbreak.
However when a Toronto team gets on a roll, the city is a buzz and the stadiums will be packed.
Unlike the Maple Leafs down the road, the Blue Jays crowd is very young, not corporate and a pretty good mix of male and female. On a Saturday or Sunday game, they start games at 1.07pm, which generate a lot of buzz, a great time and lots of young people and families.
One thing I will say about the Toronto crowd is that they are not the most knowledgable baseball crowd, so you will see some things you wouldn’t see at Yankee Stadium or Fenway Park
For example: They will get the ‘wave’/’Mexican Wave’ going at a crucial part of the game, oblivious to the situation going on the field at the time. There have been way too many instances where a spectators have reached over the fence and pickup or catch a ball which is still in play. One other thing I have noticed is that they will start and finish a chant while the stadium announcer is talking/music playing, instead of waiting and chanting to make noise when all the announcements and music is finished.
I think these subtleties are due to an entire generation of fans watching mediocre teams that never played in important or meaningful games of baseball.
Depends how the Jays have been going! There’s not too many cities up and down like Toronto is.
If the Jays are winning, expect a packed Rogers with everyone on the edge of their seats and the atmosphere to be electric. If the Jays have lost a few, expect Toronto-nians to jump off the bandwagon.
Generally though, it is a great time. If you can try and get to a Sunday game and its sunny, then there’s no better experience!
There generally isn’t a huge turn out and you can expect the crowd to be mostly quiet. Many times you’ll see a larger following of the opposing team’s fans more so than the home team which makes for an interesting game. Canadian character in general is polite and welcoming. This makes for a good family friendly environment.
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