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Jays Fans Are Tracking Pop Outs with Pizza Pop Signs

Long gone are the days of counting K’s at the Rogers Centre. The next fan phenomenon at Blue Jays games is now apparently tracking pop outs?

If you’ve taken a peek at the rail above right-centre field the past few games, you may have noticed that fans are now posting what appear to be Pizza Pop signs.

Why do you ask? At first, it was difficult to discern exactly what these fans were tracking. Was it pies? Tacos? Empanadas? Was it some weird form of a strikeout?



But some people pointed out they’re actually tracking pop outs recorded by the Blue Jays. It’s kind of an unorthodox thing to track in this fashion at a Blue Jays game, but why not?

It looks like the first Pizza Pop tracking occurrence happened on Monday’s game against the Yankees. Jake Goldsbie spotted them and just like myself is very curious as to what this all means.

Last night, the “Pop Out” signs were visibly spotted by Sportsnet’s cameras last night hanging over the right-center field railing.

The numbers are at least pretty close; Marco Estrada recorded six fly outs and two pop outs, and there were seven “Pop Out” signs strewn from the right-centre field railing. They weren’t all pop outs per se, but there were eight fly outs in total.

These signs certainly couldn’t have been to recognize strikeouts because Estrada only recorded three strikeouts last night.

It’s all very confusing and in some way extremely fascinating that these fans would go to great lengths to acknowledge routine pop outs. Are they actually “pop out” signs? We might never know, but for the time being … it’s a fun distraction.

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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 ALDS to his son for the next 20 years.

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2 Comments

  1. arob888

    September 24, 2015 - 2:52 pm

    Should switch to canned corn.

  2. Jack Derricourt

    September 24, 2015 - 2:53 pm

    Estrada's a fly ball pitcher, so they're anticipating his style of pitching. I think Fan Graphs did a great job around the All Star Break of noting how many many more of Estrada's pitches have been fly ball outs rather than home runs this year. It just shows the fans appreciating his pitching style with a bit of originality. Gotta love that enthusiasm.

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