It turns out that sometimes there IS crying in baseball. In November, we received word that retired major league pitcher Roy Halladay had died in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico. Halladay left a tremendous impression on Blue Jay fans across Canada, as well as fans of the Philadelphia Phillies, where he pitched both a perfect game and playoff no hitter in 2010. My wife Catherine and I watched the Halladay tribute hosted by the Phillies during Spring Training. Halladay’s friends, family and colleagues attended the tribute and recounted their experiences with Roy throughout the years. It was tough for me to watch. As a tear streamed down my cheek, I looked over at Catherine and said “We need to make sure we’re in Toronto for Opening Day”. [Read more…]
Opened in 1989 as North America’s first retractable dome ballpark, Rogers Centre was also the first ballpark to house a World Series champion outside the U.S. with the Jays going back-to -back in 1992-93. It’s also the only ballpark with a hotel in CF and views of one of the world’s tallest buildings, the CN Tower.
Investing your time following Major League Baseball can be a fruitless effort. As I’ve taken on more responsibilities it’s been more difficult to track the day to day happenings throughout the game. Baseball minutiae, like who is closing for the Arizona Diamondbacks, is replaced with remembering when bills are due and what time the exterminator is stopping by. When I was single I would watch, conservatively, thirty hours of baseball a week. When you factor in time spent managing my fantasy teams, planning ballpark trips and reading articles online I probably spent more time each week with baseball than at work or with loved ones. I can hear my wife now as I write this so let me say I am not complaining in anyway. Getting married and being a father to two children, four cats and a dog is the best thing that ever happened to me. It’s the life I wanted and am happy to be living it. Having less free time has helped me prioritize my hobbies and my interest in baseball has grown. [Read more…]
The Rogers Centre was the only stadium in MLB still using dirt cutouts around the bases, until their 2016 Opener. The dirt infield is the first renovation to the Rogers Centre since its’ debut during the 1989 season. [Read more…]
May 30, 2004: Toronto, Ontario
There was a day when America’s pastime was ruled by an organization north of the border. This organization drew over 4 million fans for 3 consecutive seasons (1991 through 1993) and won back-to-back World Series Championships (1992 and 1993). The Toronto Blue Jays moved into Rogers Centre (formerly SkyDome) on June 5, 1989. It was the dawning of a new era in Major League Baseball. Rogers Centre was not only the first retractable roof ballpark in North America, but it was also the first ballpark with the intention of being an entertainment center. Rogers Centre was the home of a Hard Rock Cafe, an arcade and a hotel, amenities that drew fans of all ages. With the CN Tower next door, one of the world’s tallest buildings at 1,815 feet, any visitor to the Rogers Centre was sure to experience more than just a baseball game. [Read more…]