Blue Jays fans were the cream of the crop in 2017

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Fans thank Jose Bautista
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 24: Fans thank Jose Bautista /

Toronto Blue Jays fans came out in droves once again this season even though their beloved Jays were sequestered to the American League East basement for the entire 2017 campaign.

For a country renowned for its passion for hockey the Blue Jays drew 3,203,886 fans through their gates in 2017, more than any other major league team except the Los Angeles Dodgers who also happen to be in first place in the National League West.

On the final home game and sellout of the season yesterday the attendance was tabbed at 47,394 as fans toasted Jose Bautista in style paying homage to one of the franchise greats and making Jays fans proud nationwide.

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The enthusiasm and support received by the Jays faithful in a down season is a true testament to the passion north of the border for Canada’s team. The front-office has undoubtedly taken notice and realize if there is an exciting product on the field the rest will take care of itself at the gate fiscally.

The direction of the ball club and the pending decision this coming season surrounding the future of fan favourite Josh Donaldson could factor in future ticket sales. Rogers has once again raised ticket prices for the 2018 season so hopefully, the caliber on the field remains competitive.

There was obviously pre-sale and season tickets purchased before the Blue Jays season circled the drain, however, regardless the fans still continued to come out to the ballpark to support the boys in blue hopeful of a third postseason berth in a row.

Regardless of what the future holds, every single Blue Jays fan who attended the Rogers Centre this season needs to hold their head high and know that you are all the cream of the crop and a model for fans south of the border.

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Thank you for the continued support and for making the ballpark fun in a season that was sometimes frustrating at times.