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Memories of the Dome

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It’s April and the Jays are back, which means things are going pretty swimmingly here. Which is nice: it was a cold winter and the Leafs weren’t really a lot of fun this year.

The Jays home opener is this Monday, which is always something of an event for the team: lots of rowdies and booze and, on one memorable night, a whole boatload of dropped pitches. I’ve never made it down to one, but Andrew Stoeten has a funny guide to surviving a riotous opening night that’s well worth a read.

Anyway, it’s reminded me of some of my more memorable times at the Dome: sitting in the upper bowl in 40 degree heat and feeling like a raisin for a week; a drunk guy trying to start the wave and yelling until security hauled him away; the time two guys sat in our seats and tried to pick a fight with me. Oh, there were some cool baseball moments I saw, too, but that’s for another day.

But I think my favourite came back in my college days, when I convinced a few friends, neither of whom liked baseball (and also my friend Svea), to come down for a $2 Tuesday game. I don’t really remember too much of the game (Baseball-Reference says they lost to Oakland 8-9), but I absolutely remember the boozing happening all around us. And, er, within us, too. I’m sure I planned to hit my seat chin-first.

Things eventually got a little crazy in our section, the drinking devolving into fistfights. Eventually the cops came in and started hauling people away. Fun was had by all, even though I doubt those two people I went with will ever go a game again. After all, it wasn’t as crazy as the 2005 CFL Eastern Final I went to way, way back when. (Hard to believe this blog’s been around that long; harder to believe how hard I copped Hunter Thompson back then).


Written by M.

April 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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