If you are a sports fan such as myself, you have probably seen on TV or online the love-in that is surrounding this year’s Toronto Blue Jays. The team recently ended its 22 year playoff drought by winning the American League East, and frankly I am getting sick of all the coverage. It doesn’t help that Rogers owns the Blue Jays and Sportsnet, the latter of which has devoted night and day coverage to the team. If you only watched their coverage, you would think they were the greatest team in the history of baseball.
The main source of my anger stems from the fact that this team is being labelled “Canada’s team.” They aren’t Canada’s team, they’re Toronto’s team. It is just that simple. No self-respecting person outside of Toronto should cheer for the Blue Jays. I highly doubt anyone from Toronto cheered on the Canucks made it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, so why should people out west support the Blue Jays? It just doesn’t make sense.
An even more egregious claim that I saw online from some people is that Blue Jays this year could be as big as team Canada winning olympic gold in 2010. Where do these people get off? Olympic gold in 2010 was a once in a lifetime event; the Blue Jays finally winning something is just like your underachieving kid finally getting a few good test results in a row.
That feeds into another equally annoying point about the Blue Jays. Supporting the Blue Jays also supports the belief that Toronto is the centre of the country. Every time a team from Toronto miraculously doesn’t suck, everyone from Canada is suppose to band together, hand in hand, and support their team. Now, I don’t claim to be a particular supporter of any baseball team, but if I had to choose one, I would much rather support the Seattle Mariners. Not only are they a three hour drive away, they’re not Toronto. And that’s probably the most important part.
The Toronto Blue Jays are not Canada’s team. They’re the city of Toronto’s team. If you bought some Blue Jays merchandise over the past couple of months, shame on you. Toronto is not the centre of the universe, and you are a part of this toxic attitude. I can’t imagine how much worse it will get if they make it to the World Series, or God forbid, win it. We may never hear the end of how great the Blue Jays are.