It’s hilarious. I have always been a die-hard baseball fan. I was about 5 years old when I was on a co-ed, t-ball team and up until grade 11 I played Rep women’s softball on various teams. BUT all of a sudden…this YEAR…it has become trendy to be a fan???
Unfortunately, I was stuck in Ottawa the weekend of the Jays Home Opener and this is when it struck me. Everyone on Facebook – my friends who I know love baseball, those who are mediocre about it but can enjoy a beer at the game, and the friends who hate sports – all had status’ about being at the game and uploaded photos of the diamond. UNREAL! Where were these people when I used to want to go to the games summers ago?
What makes matters worse and to my surprise, this month Toronto Life Magazine is a special issue featuring “Reasons to Love Toronto Now”. Yup, you guessed it, #6 is “Because the Home Team is High Fashion”. WHAT? People wearing fitted Blue Jays caps is fashionable?? People have always done that! I love this magazine, don’t get me wrong. I would love a job with them Editing or Publishing or WRITING, but COME ON! This is nuts. A two page spread featuring people wearing Jays hats? They basically took what I was thinking during my depression over not being able to attend the home opener and put it into writing…well not exactly. I thought it was hilarious that people are hipster Blue Jays fans and made fun of them…but it’s close enough.
Just because my hat isn’t fitted, doesn’t mean I don’t love the Jays OR baseball for that matter. When I knew I would be home for a week before the first day of summer classes at Carleton I made sure that someone would watch a game with me, and NOT on television – as I often do. Luckily, my friend Julian agreed to come. It was amazing! Three home-runs, one of which was in an extra inning causing the Jays to win the game! I could not have been more ecstatic, or more drunk for that matter…here is why:
1. Depending on how many people you are with, you look at the batting line-up and each person claims various players.
2. Once your player is up to bat you predict what they are going to do. For example, base hit, RBI, double, home-run, etc.
3. If you are correct, and your player pulls through – your friends owe you beer. For example, if you predict a single or RBI you get half a beer. However, if you predict a home-run you get a full beer!
You can imagine what that led to…a good time! So regardless of if you’re sporting a Jays cap for fashionable reasons – to be trendy, barf – or for your love of the game…at least we are all on the same page. LET’S GO BLUE JAYS!