Blue Jays: Five bold predictions for the 2021 season
The Blue Jays will return to Toronto this season
There’s a big part of me that is writing this in hopes that by saying it, maybe I’ll throw some sort of positive energy out into the universe to make it happen.
But we need a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre in 2021.
The team is going to start the calendar playing out of Dunedin at their swanky new spring training complex, after playing their home games in Buffalo last year. The location will certainly do the trick for the time being, but it won’t be ideal to be playing home games in Florida once July and August roll around.
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More importantly, the Blue Jays will need the approval of the Federal Government in Canada in order to host their home games in Toronto. That’s not an option at the moment as the Canada-US border remains closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
That said, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, as the vaccines are rolling out across the world, and we’re seeing infection rate numbers dropping over the bulk of North America. This thing isn’t over yet, but we’re starting to make some real progress.
It would be a safer bet to say that the Blue Jays won’t play on Canadian soil again until 2022, but I’m choosing to be more optimistic than that. It might take until August or September before the option it truly on the table, but it would be an exciting way to bring the Blue Jays back as they pursue a pennant race down the stretch this fall. It’s the kind of story we need after a very difficult year, and I believe that’s exactly what is going to happen.
I could go on, but I’ll stop there for today anyway. What bold predictions do you see for the Blue Jays this year?