The Toronto Blue Jays are clearly Canada’s team.
The baseball hopes of a hockey-crazed nation rest upon the Jays. And after years of futility the Jays are finally delivering with a 73-56 record and first place in the American League East. Toronto has not finished in first place since 1993.
And there is a majorly celebratory feeling around this group. Latest example: Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion’s three home run game.
After Encarnacion smashed dinger No. 3, a grand slam, in Toronto’s 15-1 Saturday win over the Detroit Tigers, a crowd of 46,444 littered the field of Rogers Center with hats, celebrating a home run hat trick. Encarnacion finished the day 3-for-5 with nine RBIs.
Via the Toronto Star:
Encarnacion was puzzled when it started raining chapeaus, as were many of his ’mates in the dugout, until Dioner Navarro provided an explanation. “He tell me, like, when they score three goals — I think? — they do that. It made me feel happy.”
This was clearly fantastic, but not as cool as a postgame interview with Jays left fielder Ben Revere.
In spite of playing in Toronto, Revere clearly didn’t know how exactly hockey fans celebrate a hat trick or even greater on-ice accomplishments.
“When someone scores four goals, do they throw an Octopus or something out there?”
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons also made the Octopus reference.
Weird to make that connection following a game against Detroit.
Revere also challenged fans to a game of NHL on PlayStation, which was tremendous. But if Revere wants to win, he probably shouldn’t choose the Maple Leafs.
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