Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays took on the Kansas City Royals in Game 6 of the ALCS.
It was ‘do or die’ for the Jays. The game itself was a crazy one to watch, regardless of my falling in and out of sleep due to the night time Buckley’s cold medication I took. In the top of the 8th inning, the Jays were down 3-1, and then Bautista hits a 2-run home run and ties the game. At that moment, I was awake, no matter how badly those pills wanted to knock me out. In retrospect, I kind of wish I slept through the nailbiting 9th inning because then I wouldn’t have been able to witness the look of disappointment on the Jays’ faces.
The Jays fell 4-3 to the Royals, ending their run in the ALCS. Insert sad face here.
After 22 years, the Jays made it to the playoffs, only to have the World Series taken away from them like candy from a baby. Granted, they played their hearts out, but it would have been great to watch the Jays get the ALCS Pennant, and make it to the World Series.
Now, I’m not saying that the Royals didn’t deserve to win, and this isn’t me crying and whining about the Blue Jays losing; it’s actually quite the opposite. No matter the outcome, what was truly magical about the Jays making it so far into the playoffs as they did was that fact that Toronto’s community was able to bond over the team’s success. No matter where you were in the city, Jays apparel was pretty much everywhere. Sitting on the subway, you’re bound to see someone in a Jays hat or shirt, and you can’t help but smile when you do. Often times, in passing, you’d hear people discussing the game or the team in some way; Blue Jays this, Blue Jays that.
The city was buzzing Blue Jays.
The city is STILL buzzing Blue Jays, and I think it’ll be this way for a while.
Even though they lost, they’re still winners. I know that sounds cheesy and cliché, but no matter the outcome, I really do think the Jays played their baseball shaped hearts out. They made the city proud with all of their hits, home runs, and double plays. Bautista’s bat flip is guaranteed to be talked about for months. I only just got into baseball a few years ago, but I know this team is definitely something special.
If you asked me 4 years ago whether or not I thought the Jays would ever make it this far, I would say no. But, what did I know about baseball back then? Exactly.
Let’s go, Blue Jays!
‘Til next season!