TORONTO – Choose your unforgettable moment.
The Blue Jays entered the field Friday night at Rogers Center for the first time in 670 days as an NFL team emerging from a tunnel, smoke billowing behind them as the local crowd roared. From an opening in the center field wall, they ran as a team towards the infield, their path lined on either side by a hundred healthcare workers waving Blue Jays flags.
Then there was the ceremony, with the largest Canadian flag you will ever see stretched from corner to corner of the outfield. A welcome home video was released, followed by a tribute to the fans, and “O Canada” sounded for the first time since September 29, 2019, when we left the house without masks. Even some players showed emotion.
Then there was a baseball game, a 6-4 win over the Royals. There was Teoscar Hernández, throwing a 441-foot home run from the coating of third deck into left field, flipping his wrist to spin his bat on the ground, matching the moment. In Dunedin, Florida, this ball is said to have left stadium property and made its way to a vacant elementary school yard. In Buffalo, NY, he allegedly cleared the net and bounced off a freeway, possibly rolling into a ditch. Back in Toronto, it ricocheted off the fans, all wearing Blue Jays jerseys this time around.
You will also remember Bo Bichette coming home to score the third point of the Blue Jays game. Seconds after stealing second place and then returning home on a Lourdes Gurriel Jr. single, Bichette slipped head first, her helmet flying off to show her hair spilling over her head through a cloud of dust and dust. chalk. By the time he stopped the slide, his hands were almost touching the grass on the other side of the cutout.
Bichette’s next time around, with the lead reduced to two points, he burned a two-point shot over the wall in the center-right, giving a sold-out crowd of 13,446 the chance to burst and bust. expire. He passed third, crossed the house and wrapped his arms around Gurriel, lifting him off the ground.
It’s only fitting that the only Canadian on the roster, Jordan Romano, stopped things in the ninth. Romano recorded the second of the inning when he covered Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s first field goal, receiving the pitch in an Air Jordan-style full jump before throwing himself into the sack. It was immediately overshadowed by one of the games of the season, however, when Santiago Espinal performed an over-the-shoulder barehanded grab on a flare into shallow left field to end the game.