Toronto Blue Jays take a big leap, then proceed with caution: Postmedia’s team of the year…


In the middle of September, smack in the heat of the American League East baseball pennant race, I wandered Manhattan in search of a place to watch the Toronto Blue Jays play the New York Yankees.

It didn’t go well. New York was not exactly in love with that particular Yankees team, and the bars were showing college football and soccer. Hours earlier, I had been outside Yankee Stadium, and though there were a lot of Yankee fans, as you’d expect, there was a shocking number of people wearing Toronto blue and white. Blue Jays jerseys were everywhere: Donaldson, Bautista, Encarnacion. Even one that said “De Ro” on the back. I was confused until I looked closer and determined the guy in the DeRo jersey was, in fact, Dwayne DeRosario, the former Toronto FC striker.

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