The Dunedin/Buffalo Blue Jays became the Toronto Blue Jays for the first time since 2019 starting July 30. (I’d previously predicted Aug 1, but paid no attention to their schedule—they have a home stand starting July 30.) It will be the first time Hyun Jin Ryu, George Springer, and Marcus Semien will have played in the Rogers Center for the home team.
Unvaccinated players will be allowed to leave their hotel only to go to the stadium. Each team will have a designated compliance officer. Anyone violating the restrictions face fines and other discipline from the Canadian government.
It seemed inevitable the Jays would be able to work it out to go home again once the NHL was able to have playoff games with US teams crossing the border after the first round.
Speaking of vaccinations…Please, everyone who reads this, remember COVID-19 is not gone. It is a respiratory virus. As a respiratory virus, it is more prevalent in the colder months. It will surge again here this fall, just as it is currently surging in countries like Indonesia and Brazil. With half the population, roughly, vaccinated, this fall’s surge won’t be as big as this past winter…but the unvaccinated population should be aware of this: In May, 18,000 Americans died from COVID-19, but only 150 of them were fully vaccinated. People are still dying from this disease, and over 99% of the aren’t vaccinated. Don’t be one of those people. Get vaccinated.