Toronto Blue Jays

Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because the Rogers Centre will rock again Reasons to Love Toronto Now: because the Rogers Centre will rock again

(Images: Getty Images) You have to be absurdly starry-eyed to be a loyal Jays fan in Toronto, but soon (and we’re not just saying this) that optimism will be validated. The team has four impressive starting pitchers, all under the age of 25. The Jays didn’t trade for them or sign them to bank-breaking free-agent… Read more »

Ten things Russell Martin can’t live without Ten things Russell Martin can’t live without

Last fall, the star catcher signed a five-year, $82-million deal with the Jays. This month, he’ll make his debut on the field. Here, the 10 things he can’t live without By Caroline Youdan | Photographs by Cody Pickens 1 My Lululemon pants I’ve got really big thighs, so it’s impossible to find pants that fit… Read more »

How the Rogers Centre turns a concrete floor into a field of dreams and fake gra... How the Rogers Centre turns a concrete floor into a field of dreams and fake grass

The artificial turf at the Rogers Centre has, oddly enough, been a source of some controversy over the past few years, because players think its tough, unyielding surface is leading to on-the-field injuries. Blue Jays management is doing everything in its power to hasten the arrival of honest-to-goodness natural sod, but the process is more… Read more »

Sports Gods: which Toronto pro athletes are truly worth their salaries? Sports Gods: which Toronto pro athletes are truly worth their salaries?

Mark Buehrle, 35 Starting pitcher, southpaw Paid: $19 million ($37,000 an hour) Bang for Buck: He’s reliable and not injury-prone, but he’s in the twilight of his career and no R. A. Dickey.

Bereaved Blue Jays fan: “It was a little awkward telling them I’d just dumpe... Bereaved Blue Jays fan: “It was a little awkward telling them I’d just dumped a dead guy on the field.”

“It was a little awkward telling them I’d just dumped a dead guy on the field.” —Rob Ouellette, the lifelong Blue Jays fan who scattered his stepbrother’s ashes at Rogers Centre during Friday’s game, telling the Sun how he dealt with “the whole terrorist thing” (meaning, the understandable consternation of police and game officials, who… Read more »

“A grim ritual march to irrelevance”: what to expect from the Toront... “A grim ritual march to irrelevance”: what to expect from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014, month by month

It may not feel like spring is on the way, but a definite sign of it is taking place in strange little corners of Florida and Arizona, where the teams of Major League Baseball have gathered to ready themselves for the upcoming season. The local nine begin their annual grim ritual march to mid-season irrelevance… Read more »

Roy Halladay is retiring—and as a Toronto Blue Jay, no less Roy Halladay is retiring—and as a Toronto Blue Jay, no less

Roy Halladay is a legend in Toronto. Over his 16 Major League seasons—11 of which were with the Blue Jays—the pitcher won two Cy Young Awards and was an eight-time All-Star. This morning, it was revealed that he’s hanging up his glove for good, at the age of 36. “Doc” Halladay was one of the best… Read more »

The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city? The 50 Most Influential People in Toronto: who really runs this city?

You know you live in interesting times when the chief of police is the most powerful person in town. What propelled Chief Blair to the top of our Influentials list was Rob Ford’s Crackgate—a story that consumed the city for much of the last year and whose bewildering narrative is still being written. Of course,… Read more »

VIDEO: Relive Joe Carter’s World Series-winning homer which was, unbelievably,... VIDEO: Relive Joe Carter’s World Series-winning homer which was, unbelievably, 20 years ago this week

This has not been a good year for Toronto baseball. Not only did all the offseason hope and optimism fade almost immediately, but now the Boston Red Sox—the Blue Jays’ bearded, manager-poaching nemeses—are one game up in the 2013 World Series. But 20 years ago was a happier time. That’s when the Blue Jays and the… Read more »

Dear Urban Diplomat: Someone posted an embarrassing video of me on YouTube. Can ... Dear Urban Diplomat: Someone posted an embarrassing video of me on YouTube. Can I ask them to remove it?

Dear Urban Diplomat, I wore my Boston Bruins jersey to a Jays game recently and some drunk guy threw a hot dog at me. I freaked out and said some things I regret. Unfortunately, the hot dog thrower recorded the incident and posted it on YouTube. I want to get in touch and ask him… Read more »

Back in the Game: Blue Jays slugger José Bautista’s high-stakes mission to st... Back in the Game: Blue Jays slugger José Bautista’s high-stakes mission to stay on top

José Bautista silenced his critics and became baseball’s most powerful hitter. Now, after a potentially career-ending surgery, he must prove himself all over again By Trevor Cole | Portraits by Nigel Dickson It was July 16 of last year, a day game. More than 42,000 people in Yankee Stadium, and a few million sitting on… Read more »

Toronto GIF Showdown: Rob Ford puking versus a crazed Blue Jays fan Toronto GIF Showdown: Rob Ford puking versus a crazed Blue Jays fan

Yesterday saw the birth of two new GIFs that are sure to take their places in the Toronto GIF Hall of Fame next to classics like Rob Ford playing football (he fell) and the Raptors’ mascot rollerblading (he also fell). First, Ford displayed his well-honed sense of mayoral decorum by pretending to puke in response to Metrolinx’s shortlist of proposed taxes… Read more »

The Blue Jays—along with the rest of Toronto—are pumped for the season ahead The Blue Jays—along with the rest of Toronto—are pumped for the season ahead

Toronto’s baseball fans and sportswriters engage in a ritual burst of optimism about the Blue Jays’ chances every April and, thanks to some mammoth off-season trades and the addition of charming knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to the roster, this season is the most hotly anticipated in years. (According to bookmakers, the odds of the Jays winning the World Series are… Read more »

Inside Pearson Airport’s ultra-luxe private hub for celebs, executives and wel... Inside Pearson Airport’s ultra-luxe private hub for celebs, executives and well-to-dos

By Tim Johnson | Illustration by Aleksandar Janicijevic Ever wonder why famous types are rarely spotted idling by the baggage carousel or in the customs line? At Pearson, three deluxe operators exist solely to convey the super-rich in and out of the city. We slipped past ­security long enough to find out how the 0.01… Read more »

The Audit: bank bonuses, the Blue Jays’ payroll and the month’s other notabl... The Audit: bank bonuses, the Blue Jays’ payroll and the month’s other notable numbers

$0 Total increase for the 2013 Toronto Police Service budget, notably less than the $21.4 million Chief Blair requested. $6 Monthly fee to read the Toronto Sun’s “premium articles,” a designation that includes the Sunshine Girl but not breaking news. $77 Cost for a six-pack of Westvleteren XII, a rare beer previously sold only at… Read more »