“Welcome to my house! Baby take control now. We can’t even slow down. We don’t like to go out!” This is how fans were greeted last night as they entered the Rogers Centre (@RogersCentre). One simple song that told all Blue Jays (@BlueJays) fans that this team was ready to go! That they were not going to allow the Cleveland Indians (@Indians) to come into their home and steal a win!
Well, unfortunately, the baseball gods were not on Toronto’s side last night. The Blue Jays fell to 3-0 in the ALCS, digging themselves quite the hole that they have to climb out of! But what was special about last night’s game? Well, I was there. I was in the Rogers Centre with almost 50,000 other fans. I had my rally towel. I had my foam J. And I felt the excitement building, and building, and building!
A win would have been more exciting, but let me tell you that the entire stadium was ready to explode from that very first pitch. With Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) on the hill, fans felt ready for big things, but right from the start, it was clear that Stroman didn’t quite have his best stuff. We thought maybe he’d get out of trouble in the first, but after a well-placed hit from Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25), the Indians were the first ones on the board.
But, as all Jays fans know, this team can live by the home run! And with the adjusted line-up Gibbons brought to Game 3, the entire crowd started with a strong “Jose” chant, hoping that with one crack of the bat, Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) could tie this one up in the bottom of the first. But it wasn’t to be.
The first inning wasn’t without excitement for Jays fans though! While we know now that Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) was pulled from the game because his stitches didn’t hold in his finger and he was bleeding, the crowd last night was SURE that Bauer was using pine tar! As the crowd booed him and eventually cheered as he left the field, fans were left on the edge of their seats – ready to jump up at a moment’s notice!
And we had one such moment merely one inning later thanks to Captain Canada himself – Michael Saunders, who with a single swing knotted the game up at 1! The entire crowd lost their minds! The rally towels were waving, the crowd was screaming, and not a single seat in the stadium was filled.
But that feeling of elation was short-lived for Jays fans. Kicking off the fourth inning was once again Mike Napoli who made Stroman pay for one poorly placed baseball. But the bottom of our line-up was not ready to roll over and die!
After an incredible triple from Ezequiel Carrera – one of the hottest hitters the Jays had heading into the MLB (@MLB) postseason, fans were once again standing around the Rogers Centre – feeling that Ryan Goins (@rgoins17) was about to make magic happen! And he did with a simple groundout to the shortstop, scoring Carrera, and picking up Goins’ first RBI of the postseason! Who knew that a tie could be so exciting for the crowd of almost 50,000 fans?
But that was to be all the scoring the Jays would see on Monday night. Sure the pinch hit from Dioner Navarro in the bottom of the ninth once again got all of the fans excited, but that wasn’t to be enough. Jays fans were left feeling at a loss, knowing that coming back from 3-0 will be a feat few other teams have achieved in the history of Major League Baseball.
So today is the day Jays fans! It’s do or die! So who do you have coming out on top? All we know, win or lose, last night’s game is one that we won’t soon forget. It was #OurMoment, and we’re hoping that our moment is nowhere near over!