2020 just keeps getting weirder and weirder.
Wednesday, the Nationals were hosting the Toronto Blue Jays. Except they really weren't. The Nats were actually the road team playing a team that can't play in Toronto this year so they're kind of the "Buffalo Blue Jays" temporarily.
Make sense? Let's pretend it does.
Last week, it was announced the Blue Jays will play their home games in Buffalo, at the site of their Triple-A affiliate. This concluded a week-long search for a home park after the Canadian government told the Blue Jays they could not play home games at Rogers Centre this year.
With the Blue Jays not yet able to move into their new ballpark, what was supposed to be the Nationals first two games on the road in Toronto, became home games for the Blue Jays at Nationals Park.
To the Nats credit, Nationals Park even tried to make the Blue Jays feel at home.
PA announcer gives the Nationals the silent treatment when introducing them, then kicks it into gear - along with fake crowd noise - for the Blue Jays intros.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) July 29, 2020
This is bizarre.
They are now running a Blue Jays hype video.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) July 29, 2020
To make things even more "2020", the Nationals tweeted out this:
They were photoshopped wearing Zubaz, which is a reference to the Buffalo Bills (you know, the football team in the temporary city the Blue Jays will eventually play in), and it's a brand of shorts and pants that became popular during the early 1990s if you don't know much about them. Zubaz chose Western New York as its first brick-and-mortar location because of the brand's close relationship with Bills fans, who have consistently been one of their most loyal customer bases.
Seriously they make hats, pants, shorts, just about anything you can imagine with Bills logos on them and that pattern. Is there anything more perfect to represent that crazy "Bills Mafia" subculture though?
Oh and in case you were wondering, the Blue Jays won't start playing in Buffalo until Aug. 11.
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