Blue Jays: Buffalo should be commended for their efforts
The entire Buffalo Bisons organization should be commended for their efforts in revamping Sahlen Field so the Toronto Blue Jays had somewhere to call home.
The Sahlen Field facelift is quite impressive when you consider the timeframe they had to complete the task in order for the Toronto Blue Jays to host the Miami Marlins last night in their home opener.
The Blue Jays were essentially homeless as Opening Day approached following a decision by the Canadian Federal Government not to allow outside teams to enter the country for baseball purposes. After failed attempts to play in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the team settled on their familiar Triple-A stomping grounds.
As you can tell in the video below, the transformation is worthy of a round of applause for Bisons General Manager Mike Buczkowski and company. Their tireless efforts to make the dream a reality should be commended and will definitely bolster their relationship with the big club moving forward.
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Buczkowski tweeted out that it is “hard to describe the feeling that today is the day a Major League Baseball game is being played in Buffalo for the first time in over 100 years! Thanks @BlueJays for making Sahlen Field your temporary home in 2020. OK Blue Jays, Let’s Play Ball!”
The renovations also included a personal touch as members of the players’ families were made into cut-out fans and seated in a family section. Reliever Anthony Bass showed his appreciation by tweeting out a photo with his special cut-out albeit before surrendering a game-tying three-run homer in the ninth inning.
The Jays did not disappoint on the field either winning their Buffalo debut in walk-off fashion following another strong pitching performance by Hyun Jin Ryu and some clutch hitting from Bo Bichette and Travis Shaw.
To quote former MVP Josh Donaldson “This isn’t the try league. This is the get it done league.” And the Buffalo Bisons brain trust definitely got it done. Thank you, Buffalo!