The Twins come out to play

Of all the pitchers in the American League to go pitch for pitch with Roy Halladay, Carl Pavano was the guy I least expected to match Doc tonight. Aside from opposing each other at the Rogers Centre tonight, the only thing that Pavano and Halladay have in common this year is that they are the top two pitchers in the American League when it comes to BB/9 (walk per nine).

Halladay did an amazing job of holding off the Twins for most of the game, but they finally got to him in the top of the 9th expanding their lead to 4-1 over the Blue Jays. Whether or not Cito Gaston made a mistake by leaving Halladay in there for too long is subjective.

Regardless, the offense showed up just about as much as the fans did tonight. Infield Fly tweeted this nugget of news that apparenty tonight’s attendance of 11,159 was the lowest attendance in Rogers Centre history. While that’s nowhere near close to Florida Marlins territory, I don’t really think that an attendance that just barely clears 10K is a cause for concern.


The baseball season is winding down, the kids are back in school, and baseball fanatics are less likely to play hooky from work because most of the office is back and working. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow’s game is even worse, possibly less than 9,000 for the series finale matinee.

I will be one of the 9,000 there tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing Brett Cecil’s final start of season before he is shut down for the year. Cecil has not thrown more than five innings in his last five starts and hopefully he will finish the season on a good note.

If all else fails, just buy a ticket to the 500 level and sneak your way down to the 100’s. It shouldn’t be that difficult because the ushers will practically be begging people to fill the seats on the field level.

Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

3 thoughts on “The Twins come out to play

  • September 10, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    'fraid I can't contribute to the dome crowd. Would feel a bit like those last couple Expos seasons (except the mid-August series against Philly in 2003, which was awesome). It'll all be different next year.

  • September 10, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    Today's game isn't even on the Rogers preview channel. First one that hasn't been in years that I can think of. These are dire times. I can see the roof open from my living room. This is almost enough to make me walk over to see the game. I guess their plan is almost working…

  • September 11, 2009 at 12:12 am

    It wasn't even televised today? Wow – that's really saying something. They actually had 11,461 there this afternoon!

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