A Blue Jays Canada Day VIDEO Journey

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Jul 1, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; A general view as a Canadian flag is unfurled across the outfield for Canada Day before the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

2012- LA Angels- 10  Blue Jays- 6

The Blue Jays lost again on this Canada Day, this time to the Angels by a score of 10-6. It was a game full of excitement. Jose Bautista had just been selected to represent the Blue Jays in the All Star Game. The dome was packed, the sun was shining! Bautista drove in a couple runs off a misplayed grounder to second that led to some chaos. See, Brett Lawrie brought his usual intensity to the game with this collision at the plate:

In hindsight, it was a play that didn’t need to be that aggressive. He actually had to go out of his way to hit the catcher. He would have been better off just sliding home.

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But, that play is the kind of stuff that caused some Blue Jays fans to grow impatient with the young ball of energy. It certainly got the Angels dugout upset. Manager, Mike Scoscia was tossed for arguing the play. Except, he might have had a point. It looks as though Lawrie was tagged during the collision and was out before he raced back to step on home plate.  You be the judge.

It was a game the Blue Jays should have won, but the bullpen wasted a great start by Aaron Laffey (that’s right!). The last anyone heard of Laffey is that he had signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in November of 2014. He is currently listed as a reliever with their minor league club, the Albuquerque Isotopes. The ‘pen gave up 7 runs in the final two innings. Francisco Cordero took the loss. Of note, Colby Rasmus hit a home run as did J.P. Arencibia.

Next: Canada Day 2013: Dickey & DeRosa