If you follow my blog, or know me personally, you will know that I am a Toronto Blue Jays fan. I grew up in a very sporty family, and even got to go to a game (all the way from lil’ ol’ rural Alberta) in 1993, when the last wave of Blue Jay fever was gripping Canadians.
I met my Jays-loving husband in 2004, and we have been to a game or two every year since, and started taking our children to games every Summer since they were tiny babes. This year, we’ve upped our fanship significantly; we’ve probably watched 50 games on TV and been to five regular season games up close and personal. Our children both have Blue Jays posters on their bedroom walls, my son can name every player, number, and position, and my four-year-old daughter will happily tell you every pitcher on the roster and how Osuna is mommy’s favourite. We play backyard baseball in rain or shine, argue over the strike zone at our local ball diamond, and talk Blue Jays over breakfast nearly every day. Am I painting a picture for you? You see, we’re all in.
That’s why today is such a special day.
We’re taking our kids to the ALCS Game 4 this afternoon. And the best part is, they don’t even know it yet; it’s a complete surprise.
It’s quite a surprise to me too, as the possibility of going to this game wasn’t even on our radar until yesterday. But I don’t work on Tuesday afternoons, and a 4:08pm first pitch works well for families. “This is our chance to take them to a playoff game,” I texted my husband. “Let’s do it,” he said.
So, with falling prices on StubHub and a slightly early school pickup, we’ll be there this afternoon. We’re raising sports fans, and this experience won’t be forgotten by any of us anytime soon.
This is #OurMoment.