After watching the shenanigans that have been the Toronto Blue Jays clinching celebration, and the hangover that came to follow, I have been reading a ton of fun ideas for who throws out the first pitch of the Jays postseason home opener. This discussion got me pumped up thinking of the possibilities. Of course, there are the typical celebrities and politicians, but lets focus on the players for this article. Who would be the best to have ever worn the Blue and White that would get the fans buzzing for the opener?
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Nov 20, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin (left) shakes hands with general manager Alex Anthopoulos after Martin was introduced at a press conference at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
I could not start this article without suggesting the idea that our fearless leader Alex Anthopoulos should throw out the first pitch. I can only imagine the crowd volume as he steps out onto the field to get a cheer from all the grateful Blue Jay fans. Anthopoulos deserves pat on the back from 50,000 for assembling this juggernaut. This would be a great way for the fans to show the appreciation to the front office for bringing playoff baseball back to Toronto.
Not only did he bring in known winners like Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson but he brought us the trade deadline theatrics that netted Tulo, Price, and Revere. This boost to the team at the trade deadline lite a fire that has only grown as the season came to a close. This momentum created by the front office translated into some of the best chemistry I have ever seen in a baseball club. As things now progress into the postseason, who better to keep the flame burning then the man who assembled the team?
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Not only has Beeston been at the helm as team president for this season’s post season run, but he has been at the front for nearly every Blue Jays postseason. Beeston was named the Jays president in 1989 and continued to be the boss until 1997. He then came back in 2008 to the team he loved to rebuild the team to its past glory. With the help of his right-hand man Alex Anthopoulos they turned over every stone trying to figure out the secrets of building an unstoppable team. This year it looks like they hit the nail squarely on the head and have a fearsome collection of talent.
Prior to the season, Beeston announced that he will be retiring at the end of the year. Now that the Jays have a successor in place it looks like Beeston can have a sense of accomplishment and ride off into the sunset. The Jays have made the playoffs finally, and he has played a huge part in that. I think it would be a great gesture to have Beeston throw out the first pitch… but I would much rather see him throw out the first pitch in our soon-to-be-coming World Series games (I am not feeling confident at all…).
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