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Toronto Blue Jays Tickets
Toronto Blue Jays Tickets
When the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals in 2004, the Toronto Blue Jays became the only team that still played in Canada, which has instilled a lot of patriotic pride in its fans. The Blue Jays came into existence in 1977 but struggled to field a winning team for many years. However, after a decade of futility, the Blue Jays became a baseball powerhouse thanks to star players like Roberto Alomar and Joe Carter. Their success culminated in two World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. The 1993 championship included one of the most famous moments in World Series history: Joe Carter's walk-off home run in Game 6 to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rogers Centre, Home to the Toronto Bluejays
Rogers Centre is a multi-purpose venue that used to be known as the Skydome. It opened in 1989 and not only houses the Toronto Bluejays, it is also home to the Canadian Football Leagues Toronto Argonauts. The National Football Leagues Buffalo Bills also play eight games there each year-three exhibition games and five regular-season contests. It was the first stadium to boast a fully retractable roof and seats 49,260, with 3,434 private box seats. Rogers Centre uses FieldTurf, the latest incarnation of Astroturf. The venue also hosts a bevy of concerts, conventions, monster truck shows, and fun fairs.
Toronto Blue Jays and the American League East
The Toronto Blue Jays have been a member of the American League East since the team was founded in 1977. After suffering through some early growing pains, the team became a legitimate competitor in the division in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. Between 1985 and 1993, the Blue Jays won the American League East on five occasions; in addition, they won back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. In recent years, the team has remained competitive, but the Blue Jays have found it difficult to overcome the resource advantages of both the Yankees and the Red Sox. As the only team in Canada, the Blue Jays do have a large market all to themselves, but this also means that the team does not have a natural rival to help drive ticket sales.
Toronto Blue Jays 2012 Team Outlook
In most other divisions, the Toronto Blue Jays would probably be serious playoff contenders. However, they reside in the American League East, which means that the Blue Jays have to do more than most other teams to achieve success. Given this fact, the Blue Jays could not have a better general manager than Alex Anthopoulos, who conducts more trades than a typical fantasy baseball owner. Surprisingly, for a team on the cusp of contention, the Blue Jays assiduously avoided all of the top-tier free agents and chose instead to rebuild their bullpen with pitchers like Darren Oliver and Jason Frasor. It appears that Anthopoulos is happy with the current roster and expects some of his underperforming players, such as outfielder Colby Rasmus and pitcher Brandon Morrow, to play better in 2012. It's a tough road ahead, but if the Rays can do it, the Jays can do it as well.