This season marks the first time since 2019 that the Blue Jays can spend their entire campaign playing home games in Toronto, and with that some other teams can finally spend some time enjoying the international city of baseball.
When the Cincinnati Reds visited last weekend – in which the home side won a low-scoring series – rookie pitcher Hunter Greene was able to soak up some Toronto sights and gave a shout special to the fans.
“To see it up close, to walk around the city, I love the culture and the architecture,” Greene told reporters during his stay north of the border. “The atmosphere here is amazing. You could just feel the whole stadium was locked down in every pitch.”
The 22-year-old didn’t specify which Toronto architecture he may have enjoyed, but one can only assume a team bus must have passed through the see-saw renovation of the Royal Museum of History. ‘Ontario, or that he spent time walking through Union Station and looked up at its historic ceilings.
On the field, Greene was in the middle of the hollow cement bowl known as Rogers Center on Saturday and experienced the rowdy crowd of a weekend baseball game. That didn’t seem to slow him down. The second overall pick in 2017 pitched six innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six batters and walking two batters.
That effort still wasn’t enough, as the Blue Jays clinched a 3-1 victory thanks to a pair of home runs from Bo Bichette.
After being heralded as the next big long-term contender before the season, the Blue Jays came out with a bit of a whimper and were 21-18 before Greene started. If they can turn things around and play to their full potential, maybe more visiting players can enjoy Toronto’s architecture in October as well.
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