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If I had to describe the Toronto Blue Jays’ 2017 season in one word, it would be “weird”. If I had to use two words, it would be “weird and unfortunate”.

The Blue Jays may have finished in fourth place, but at least some fun was had along the way and some lessons were learned about this team. Some introspective lessons may have been learned about ourselves as well.

Thank you for reading and following along this year. I’d like to share some of my own personal favourite bylines from the 2017 season which were found here at, as well as some of my work at Sporting News and Daily Hive.

How the Toronto Blue Jays Got Their Iconic Logo

Meet Richard Walker – one of the creators of the original Toronto Blue Jays logo. A fascinating look at how the logo was born back in 1976.

I Fell Asleep Watching the Jays Game and Woke Up Just in Time for Them Not to Totally Blow It

It’s not uncommon for East Coasters to fall asleep watching Jays games with 10:00pm start times. This is how I fell asleep and woke up in the middle of the night to watch the Blue Jays salvage a game just in time.

Don’t Give Up Hope on the Blue Jays

Sometimes we watch baseball through the lens of life. This started as a piece on being optimistic about the Blue Jays. It ended up being more about trying to stay positive and hopeful when situations seem dire.

Bautista back to being the lovable, bat-flipping villain with Blue Jays

I think we can all agree that Jose Bautista is at his best when he’s rubbing people the wrong way.

How the Blue Jays’ Devon Travis became one of MLB’s hottest hitters

A cool look at how Devon Travis turned his season around by stepping back in the batter’s box.

How Roy Halladay perfected his cutter, thanks to Mariano Rivera

Going back to 2003, a long-forgotten look at how Mariano Rivera gave Roy Halladay some tips on how to throw his signature cutter.

What Did John Gibbons Yell at Will Little, Anyway?

This may be a feature we’ll see a lot more of in 2018 – lip-reading John Gibbons’ verbal tirade towards umpires.

John Gibbons Gets Ejected, But Makes a Pitching Change Anyway

Speaking of “Angry Gibby”, this might’ve been my favourite John Gibbons moment of 2017.

Baseball Dreams Come Alive at Real-Life “Field of Dreams”

Not Blue Jays-related, but if you’re a baseball fan, this is a cool story about a family who has a real-life “Field of Dreams” baseball diamond built into their corn field.

A PSA: Stop Interfering with Balls in Play During Blue Jays Games

I can’t say this enough … stop interfering with balls in play!

Why I Hitched My Wagon to Jose Bautista

We all have our reasons for adoring this franchise icon; here are mine.

25 Years Ago, Alomar’s Home Run Changed Everything for the Blue Jays

Looking back on a quarter century after Robbie Alomar hit one of the biggest home runs in Blue Jays history.

A Tribute to Roy Halladay: A Legend, An Eternal Ace

There will never be another like Harry Leroy Halladay III.

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.


  1. Connie Fortune

    December 29, 2017 - 3:05 pm

    I enjoy reading your articles because you truly love the game of baseball and the Blue Jays. Things can only get better for the Jays in 2018, as long as the GM doesn’t get a “wild hair” and go trade crazy (Lord I hope not!) I look forward to reading your columns in the new year. Have a safe & happy 2018!

    1. Ian Hunter

      December 29, 2017 - 6:18 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Connie! Looking forward to seeing what 2018 brings; there will surely be lots to write about!

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