As the most vocal of the Blue Jay fans that inhabit this little corner of the interwebz, I am offering the first edition of what I hope will be a semi-regular reporting of the goings on of Canada’s Baseball Team™. Expect lots of bat-flipping, parrot-walking, outfield-wall-climbing, rain-bringing shenanigans, tempered by a splash of maple syrup (which, incidentally, is the name of my barbershop quartet.)
From Chris Creamer over at Sportslogos.net, here is a sneak peek at the patch that the Blue Jays players will be sporting on their jersey sleeve during the 2016 season.
The Jays joined the American League for the 1977 season, along with the Seattle Mariners. Oddly, there is nothing from the M’s regarding their 40th season, so I’d expect they will either wait until 50, or they will do some sort of 1977-2017 thing next year, celebrating 40 years in their 41st season. Yes, for the record, I also shook my head at all the hype about celebrating the beginning of the new millennium on New Years Day in 2000, when it technically didn’t start until 2001.
Anyway, the kid with the million dollar smile, Marcus Stroman, showed up on the MLB Network to show off the new patch to everyone’s favourite former baseball announcer, Harold Reynolds.
Here’s a closer look at the patch, which is big enough to cover almost the entire sleeve.
For comparison, here is a retrospective glimpse of the Jays’ previous milestone patches, for their 10th, 20th, 25th and 30th seasons:
40th freakin’ season already! I turned 15 in May of their inaugural season, and immediately shifted my loyalties from the Red Sox (hey, damn near every Maritimer was a Boston fan in the pre-Jays era, and many still are).
By contrast, my daughter will turn 15 at the end of this coming season.
I feel old…