Sep 27, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays players salute fans in the third inning of their final regular season home game against Tampa Bay Rays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
The Ninth Man
The Blue Jays will be playing in front of a sellout with all of Canada watching them. While the Rangers will probably sell out of their home games too, attention will still be split. Texans have a lot going for them right now. The Rangers in the playoffs are great, but they will be playing at the same time key High School, College, and NFL Games are going. If Texas is anything, it’s a football state.
Toronto Blue Jays
Much like the miraculous effects of the Seattle Seahawks 12th Man, the Blue Jays get the benefit from an entire country having their back. I’d also have to imagine more than one seat in Arlington will be wearing the Jays’ blue and white as well.
When I say Ninth Man I refer to the weak spot in the Blue Jay’s Lineup. There is none. Sure Ryan Goins won’t match Prince Fielder stat by stat in the series, but Goins isn’t a weak spot in the lineup. The Blue Jays have built a franchise in which everyone draws strength from one another. The players from the players, the players from the fans, the fans from the players. Everyone is tapping into this electric energy that is Playoff Baseball.
This is an entire nation’s first taste of October ball in more than two decades. Everyone in Canada stands behind the Blue Jays, hell thousands of people in the States do as well, just look at the Blue and White that has flooded into opposing stands since August. The Blue Jays are the team to beat. They have the moment, they have the energy, and they have the strength of an entire country to back them. So come on Rangers, let’s play ball.
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