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

2013- Detroit Tigers- 3  Blue Jays- 8

The 2013 season was supposed to be much different. The previous winter saw the big “Miami Deal” as well as the trade that brought in the previous year’s National League Cy Young Award winner. There is a saying about the best laid plans. The Blue Jays’ plans for a contending team did not work out. But, that didn’t stop the party on Canada Day.

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The Canada Day fesitivities in 2013 were kicked off by a rather intense version of the national anthem that was accompanied by the largest Canadian flag I’ve ever seen. Once again, the stadium was filled with a boisterous crowd. This time, they didn’t go home disappointed as the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 8-3.

R.A. Dickey put forth a solid start going 7 innings, giving up just 2 earned runs. Jose Reyes went off at the plate and collected 3 hits including a home run. Mark DeRosa blasted a 3 run opposite field shot to bust the game wide open.

The win brought the Blue Jays back to .500 with a 41-41 record. At that point, they were 8 games back of the division lead and in last place. They would go on to finish the season an ugly 23 games back at 74-88. It’s easy to see why the club didn’t do so well overall when this day’s lineup featured the likes of Munenori Kawasaki, Josh Thole, Maicer Izturis and J.P. Arencibia.

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