Well, it’s official. The Blue Jays have been knocked off the top of their division after a 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees.
In Regina, sports fans have had little to cheer about, considering the Roughriders are still looking for their first win of the season. The Jays offered beleaguered Rider fans a bandwagon to jump on, with their recent 11 back-to-back wins compared to seven back-to-back losses.
Saturday saw the Jays lose their second straight game though, and was the final nail in this series’ coffin. Regardless, both fair-weather and long-suffering fans are undeterred.
“I think they’re going to rebound here, come back strong against their next series, and they’re going to get the wildcard spot obviously,” said Brayden Firth, a long time fan.
Kody Mark has been cheering for the team for eight years and is impressed with what he sees. “They’re playing hard, they’re coming strong, like better than I’ve seen them at all in our life time at least,” said a laughing Mark.
“They’re still better than the Riders,” according to Benn Birch, an unabashed bandwagon jumper.
With almost no knowledge of the game, Birch made the bold claim that the Jays were going to take the World Series. Birch feels this is, “very realistic, mostly because of the fact that I know nothing about baseball.”
For others, this incredible season has brought former fans back to the team. Mohawk Mike hasn’t cheered for the Jays since the ’80s and remembers their back-to-back World Series wins in 1992 and 1993.
“The Jays have gone on one heck of a run lately, haven’t they? It’s been incredible,” said Mike.
He isn’t as familiar with players as he used to be, and isn’t collecting the cards but Mike is hoping for a Series win, just like in the ’90s.
“I think they do stand a chance, actually. I’ve never seen a team that’s riding a high like this before. they have swagger right now – confidence. It’s kind of a feeling like anything could happen at any time … it’d be amazing.”
The Jays play their last game of the series on Sunday at 11:07. You can catch the game at bars across the city or on SportsCenter.