It’s spring and while there are certainly no signs of it in the air quite yet, baseball is in full swing. It’s pretty clear that attendance has been down across the MLB and MiLB, as the young season pushes on through these February-like days. The players are wearing toques on the bench and the show must go on – sort of, as the good ol’ Buffalo Bisons had to wait a few days to kick off their season, thanks to this persistent winter weather.
But, as we all press on, the days are getting longer and people are no longer leaving their jobs at 5 and heading into the bleak darkness of January – it is April and sooner rather than later, we will all be complaining about how hot and humid it is, as we take in a ball game on a lazy summer Saturday afternoon.
This offseason, all the buzz, noise and hype being spilled across the Internet in Blue Jays land was about Vlad and Bo. And this spring, Blue Jays fans had the chance to watch these two prodigious stars show off their are-you-kidding-me awesome skills.
And when the Blue Jays affiliates released their rosters, it came as no surprise that these two future stars would begin the season in New Hampshire playing for the Fisher Cats. This team is rich with talent and a couple surprise names, like MLB veteran, Craig Breslow.
The infield is the best in the Eastern League, with Vladdy Jr. at third, Bichette at shortstop, Lourdes Gurriel at second, and Cavan Biggio at first – not too bad at all. And the outfield shouldn’t be over-looked either, with Connor Panas, who is really starting to come around at the plate, Jonathan Davis, and Harold Ramirez.
It’s cool to think about how much attention the New Hampshire Fisher Cats are going to get from the great white North, as all of us Jays fans will be checking in on what’s happening this baseball season. It’s actually pretty special if you really think about it.
I can’t remember a time when so many Canadian baseball fans have been so in awe over two prospects, when so many fans have excitedly wondered what the future holds for the good Birds of Summer when Vladdy and Bo eventually don Toronto Blue Jays caps and take the field at the place we all call ‘Dome’.
However, I think it’s important for Blue Jays fans to also not forget that the farm is rich with a lot more talent than just Vlad and Bo and many of these players are playing in New Hampshire this season.
I know that it’s hard to believe that the summer is actually only a couple months away, but it really actually is. And with the summer, comes fun family road trips – or cool weekend getaways with close friends. And if you are a Canadian baseball lover, who lives within driving distance of New Hampshire – you might want to pick a weekend and head out on the 401 East and then take the I-89 S. Sure it’s a bit of a drive, but you could turn it into fun, play-whatever-tunes-you-like trip, and enjoy the cruise down a nice long stretch of asphalt.
I contacted the awesome Tyler Murray – the lead broadcaster and media relations manager of the Fisher Cats – and asked him if he would like to answer a couple of questions about the team that he covers day-in-and-day-out, and he kindly agreed.
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