Blue Jays Advance To ALCS, But Their Classless Fans Don’t Deserve Success
Really nice, Toronto. I hope you don't win another game ... at home, anyway.
It was the craziest, most emotion-filled postseason game of the century ... and possibly the past two centuries. Toronto, which watched its season teeter on the brink after a deflected throw to the pitcher allowed the go-ahead run to score for Texas, came back with four runs in the bottom of the seventh and won Game 5 of the ALDS, 6-3.
Even though the Jays went ahead on three straight infield errors by the Rangers, they still deserved this. Their fans, however did not. It's OK to jump on the bandwagon, but please don't throw trash from it. Thanks.
When catcher Russell Martin hit Shin-Soo Choo's bat on a throw back to the pitcher in the top of the seventh, allowing Rougned Odor to score from third to make it 3-2 Texas, Toronto fans responded with the biggest display of classlessness seen in recent times. They showered the field with debris. Bottles, cans, and other objects rained from as far up as the third deck. Dudes were throwing stuff into the Rangers dugout. A baby was clobbered with a beer can. A baby. Despite Toronto players pleading for calm, fans went berserk.
— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) October 14, 2015
All because of a play that was called correctly.
In fact, home plate umpire Dale Scott and his crew are the real heroes here. Scott called the plate nearly flawlessly, nailing some very close calls in the late going. He got the interference call right. Tough, close calls on the bases were also handled well. Two near-brawls were not allowed to escalate. It was an impressive display during some of the most difficult circumstances in playoff history.
Too bad the Rogers Centre faithful could not come close to that. "Canada's team" embarrassed not only Toronto, but an entire nation. With today's ugly display, Canada has reinforced it's reputation as a baseball backwater -- a land where the bat racks are filled with umbrellas, hockey sticks and shame. Harold Reynolds was right. You don't deserve success, Canada. Stay home and let the adults watch the ALCS.
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