More Home Opener Tidbits

It’s all Toronto has been talking about today … the Blue Jays Home Opener!

In just a few hours, the 2010 Home season finally gets underway and if you leave for the Rogers Centre now, you just might make it in time for the fourth inning.

If it hasn’t already, the game will be nearly sold out with close to 50,000 fans coming through the gates. Not to sound like a pessimist or anything, but I find that very surprising especially considering that Roy Halladay isn’t pitching, and the Red Sox or Yankees will not be the opponents tonight.


Canadian Athletes from the Olympics including Gold Medallist Alexandre Bilodeau will throw out the first pitch. The Jersey Boys will be singing the National Anthems, though I think it would be much more entertaining to see the cast of the Jersey Shore take a crack at “O Canada”.

Will Randy Ruiz finally be freed? After six games on the bench, Ruiz could finally get his first taste of baseball this season … though I highly doubt it. With righty Jake Peavy on the mound, don’t be surprised if Cito Gaston sticks with the same lineup as yesterday’s game in Baltimore.

Thanks to anyone who saw/heard me on CP24 at Noon earlier today. Along with being a blogger, did you know I am also a coyote trapper?

And finally, don’t forget to give a nice warm welcome to Alex Rios. For those who are sitting in section 113 and were hoping on heckling the former Jay, unfortunately you will be out of luck. Rios will likely be stationed in left or centre field. But feel free to verbally accost Carlos Quentin as much as you wish.

Once again, Happy Home Opener and see you at the dome!

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.