About the Blue Jay Hunter

Hi, my name is Ian and I’m addicted to baseball.

“The Blue Jay Hunter” is all about Canada’s baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s a place where the team itself and baseball in Canada is put under the microscope.

I can’t exactly pinpoint where the name “The Blue Jay Hunter” stemmed from, but I think I was trying to capitalize on the fame of The Crocodile Hunter back in 2007 and have a similar namesake. Not the most original or clever name for a blog, but we’ve come this far already, so I guess I’ll just stick with it.

I’m currently an MLB contributor for Sporting News, a contributor to Daily Hive, Blue Jays Nation and Toronto Life. You may have also seen my work at Sportsnet and Buzzfeed.

Articles on Blue Jay Hunter have also been featured on Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard”, ESPN.com, Grantland, the Huffington Post and MLB Trade Rumors.

The earliest memory I have of going to a Blue Jays game was October 3rd, 1992. At the time, I didn’t realize the significance of the game, but it was the day that the 1992 Toronto Blue Jays clinched the American League East pennant.

To make the game even more memorable, Joe Carter (my favourite player) hit his 34th home run of the season that day; which would prove to be the eventual game-winning run over the Detroit Tigers.

I had a brief hiatus from Blue Jays fandom after the 1994 baseball strike until around 2005. Unfortunately, I missed the Carlos Delgado golden years, but luckily rekindled my love for the Blue Jays at the tail end of the Roy Halladay era.

Fast forward to today, and I am older (not necessarily wiser) but still have that same passion for the Toronto Blue Jays. When I’m not watching or listening to the game, I’m usually blogging about it or searching for GIF-worthy game highlights.

Favourite Blue Jays (then): Joe Carter, Roberto Alomar, Duane Ward, Pat Hentgen, Roy Halladay

Favourite Blue Jays (now): Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Marcus Stroman

Favourite Blue Jay memories (then): Blue Jays win the pennant (October 3, 1992), and of course Joe Carter’s walk-off home run from the 1993 World Series

Favourite Blue Jay memories (now): Aaron Hill steals home (2007), Dustin McGowan’s near no-hitter (2007), Roy Halladay vs. A.J. Burnett (2009), Jose Bautista’s 2 home run game vs. Yankees (2010), David Price’s Blue Jays debut (2015)

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