The Blue Jays murderers’ row death-march, a.k.a. the 2013 Winter Tour, continued yesterday as they arrived in Saskatoon. Are the Blue Jays really that desperate for new fans?
I’m not saying any of the players didn’t want to go, but Drew Hutchinson apparently tried to force a relapse in his recovery from Tommy John Surgery. And rumour has it that Ace the mascot wished he really was a bird, so he could have migrated South for the winter. Or at least for a few days anyway.
I’m joking of course (mostly). The local media and fans turned out in their droves to meet the team. The day started extremely early for GM Alex Anthopoulos, as you can tell from this picture of him with Global Saskatoon’s Taylor Shire:
In the afternoon, Anthony Gose and Ace went to Granite Curling Club for the chance to embrace some Canadian culture by taking curling lessons:
Colby Rasmus also took part but I’m pretty sure this isn’t in the rulebook:
But hey, what do I know? Maybe Rasmus can help actually put some fun into the game.
Finally, it was on to Credit Union Centre for an autograph session and photo opportunities with the fans:
As you would expect, there were some ‘interesting’ people in attendance, hence the ‘I’m really scared but I’m going to have to pretend I’m having fun’ expression on Gose’s face in this photo:
I know Rasmus is considered a bit of an eccentric character by some but I really hope he swapped baseball caps with the other guy before posing for this picture:
After the signing session, the players finally got a chance to relax and take in the Saskatoon Blades game against the Red Deer Rebels. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out as hoped, with the home side going on to lose 3-1.
Overall though, the third leg of the winter tour can be considered a major success, in large part thanks to the fans. The Blue Jays now move on to Edmonton for the final stop on the tour. And I’m sure the players will be delighted to hear they will be there for a whole two days. Good luck!
Photo credits: @BlueJays, @SparrowBats & @TShireGlobal
- By paul.taylor
- January 12, 2013