I’ve been to the Rogers Centre on numerous occasions since I first came to Toronto in 2006. (As well as going to watch games as a fan, I worked on the game day staff during the 2007 season and covered games from the press box, while writing for T.O. Sports in 2008.)
However, I still had a lot of fun going on a tour of the stadium during this past weekend. I appreciate that not everyone will have followed our coverage via Facebook and Instagram. As such, here’s the top six photos from my latest visit to the Rogers Centre:
1) THE BULLPEN
The tour began on a high, with our being allowed onto the playing field, which I took full advantage of. Here’s the bullpen, where the Jays pitchers warm up before they go out to underwhelm the opposition or sustain yet another injury. (In fact, I may even have slightly strained my elbow while taking the photo above.)
2) THE STAFF
Here’s some of the staff, preparing the pitching mound five and a half hours before first pitch. To say they work hard is an understatement, and definitely deserves a tip of the hat.
3) THE MEDIA ROOM
Here’s the eating area, where the media sits to relax from sort-of, half keeping an eye on the action. (Think I’m joking? Trust me, I’ve witnessed it.) As someone commented, it looks like a departure longue at the airport. However, I still hope to be in there on a regular basis one day. (Don’t laugh! It could happen!)
4) BASEBALL GLOVE SEAT
This photo was taken in one of the suites on the 300 level, where us mere mortals can only hope to watch the action. (It costs a cool $6,000 for 30 people to hire a suite for one game.) Quite simply, the best seat I’ve ever seen.
5) CITO GASTON
No matter what Bob McGowan says, Cito Gaston was a great manager for the Blue Jays. Anyone who wins two World Series deserves respect.
And for anyone who says all Gaston had to do was be a caretaker for a talented roster and not screw it up, it’s tougher than you think. I can even back up this argument with two words: John Gibbons.
6) 1993 WORLD SERIES
This is what it’s all about. Not much more needs to be said, other than I hope we get a chance to celebrate another one in my lifetime.
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