Jays a once-in-a-gen­er­a­tion team

Toronto Star - - TORONTO STAR -

Re A mo­ment 22 years in the mak­ing, Oct. 1 I love the Blue Jays. They have turned me into a base­ball fan. When we won the AL East ti­tle, I was ex­cited. I love the fact that our city is be­ing united on this front. When we win, it’s rea­son­able for the team to celebrate with some cham­pagne spray­ing. What hap­pens in the locker room af­ter that, I don’t think should be broad­cast. I’m re­fer­ring to chug­ging al­co­hol like ma­ni­acs.

It was ir­re­spon­si­ble of Rogers Sport­snet to broad­cast the af­ter party. I also think the play­ers should take some re­spon­si­bil­ity if the cam­eras are still rolling. Kids and teenagers take their lead from these kinds of celebri­ties; it trick­les down. These are our proud ath­letes rep­re­sent­ing our fine city. I ex­pect bet­ter.

I love the Blue Jays and will con­tinue to, but play­ers and the broad­cast­ers should be more re­spon­si­ble about what ac­tiv­i­ties are broad­cast. This should be fam­ily-friendly en­ter­tain­ment. Dave Key­stone, Toronto The Blue Jays just played their last home game of the sea­son. What a team and game!

The smart de­fen­sive play of Josh Don­ald­son to catch the guy over-com­mit­ting at third was gutsy, decisive and bril­liant. Then crawl­ing back into the game us­ing the bot­tom and top of the lineup to tie it showed great depth, pa­tience and de­ter­mi­na­tion.

Fi­nally, Don­ald­son, with two outs in the ninth, hit the walk-off home run. Only in real life can you get away with that story line — and only rarely does it hap­pen.

This is a great team to cheer for. Whether they win it all or not, this is a once-in-a-cou­ple-of-decades team with char­ac­ter, tal­ent and chem­istry.

Thank you al­ready, Jays, and go for it. Swing for the fences; you de­serve it. Don Jones, Toronto The Blue Jays have been mag­nif­i­cent, es­pe­cially since the trade dead­line and all Jays fans live in World Se­ries hope. But they had a two-game lead over the Kansas City Roy­als for first over­all in the AL and man­ager John Gib­bons de­cided to field a Triple A lineup for back-to­back losses against weak Bal­ti­more.

He says the play­ers come first. I find it hard to be­lieve that the Jays’ core em­braced the idea of cough­ing up those two games. They have all win­ter to re­cover.

Los­ing home field ad­van­tage for the ALCS is huge. If Gib­bons’ scheme back­fires he truly must be shown the door. David Maki, Toronto

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