Blue Jays unveil Canada Day uniforms on Canadian players


Russell Martin and Dalton Pompey get patriotic while modeling new Blue Jays Canada Day jerseys.

Canada Day holds a special place in the hearts of all Canadians, and in particular for Toronto Blue Jays fans, who embrace the celebration of Canada’s birthday by celebrating it with matinee baseball.

For their part, the Blue Jays commemorate the date yearly by releasing a special jersey, only to be worn for that afternoon game. In 2014, the uniform was bright red, matching the colors of the Canadian flag. The team accompanied that with the matching maple leaf logo hat. In fact, the red jersey has become somewhat synonymous with the event, as the Jays have used it a number of times over the years.

So leave it up to the folks in marketing to throw a little swerve into it with this year’s jerseys, aptly modeled by two Canadian representatives of the Blue Jays, Russell Martin and Dalton Pompey.

The new jerseys are white with the red lettering, which is somewhat refreshing, and makes the jersey feel a little more like a home jersey than a road alternate. The team will still sport the red hat with the maple leaf though, just to keep with tradition. And as you can see, even Dalton Pompey likes the choice, as evidenced by the big thumbs up!

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The Blue Jays will wear the jerseys during their annual home game on Canada Day, which will be Wednesday July 1st. The opponents on the other side of the field with be the Boston Red Sox, the third of a four-game set between two squads set to tangle for the American League East crown in 2015.

Of course, we’ll remind our American audience that Canada Day marks the day when the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada were officially joined into what is now the country of Canada. The Province of Canada was then separated into two provinces, Quebec and Ontario.

The commemorative holiday was originally known as Dominion Day until 1982, when the Canada Act was passed, patriating the country from the British Parliament.

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