Whoa, Canada! Blue Jays Told No Yanks Allowed, Including the Yankees
So much for the no-fan MLB experience in Toronto.
- The city said the Blue Jays could host games in this truncated 2020 season;
- The province of Ontario said the same because baseball, dammit; but
- The national government thought otherwise.
In short, their reaction was swift and to the point:
Seems like Ottawa has been paying attention to what's going on down in the States.
Or what's not.
The Jays' AAA affiliate is less than two hours down the road from TO, which means fans wouldn't have that far to go to not see their team in action this season.
If only the border wasn't closed to protect the Great White North from the Chaotic Yankee Plague.
The irony to this is the fact that Canada's system of government allows much more provincial autonomy than the USA affords its states, and yet, the entire nation had the good sense to unify against the universal threat of a pandemic.
In contrast, the staggering incompetence of America's approach will surely be a case study in classic mismanagement for years to come.
As AAA stadiums go, Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field was actually built to promote the city's pitch for an expansion franchise three decades ago. It's dimensions and conditions are MLB-caliber with the possible exception of lighting. If anything's gonna cause the Jays to look elsewhere first for a place to play, that'd be it.
Options are limited, though:
- The club's already stated that its Spring Training facility in Dunedin isn't a consideration with Florida among the Infection League leaders in hotspots, and
- Sharing another MLB stadium is surely a non-starter because the schedule-makers never took that factor into account.
So, sooner or later, odds are strong the Jays are gonna wind up in Buffalo this summer.
And the finer parts of Canadian culture will be protected.