Toronto sports scene on fire

Not even being stuck on the Gardiner Expressway could spoil these good times.


The Blue Jays are back for their 2017 home opener hoping for a baseball playoff hat trick. The Maple Leafs and the Raptors are in the playoffs at the same time for the first time in 15 years.

The Rock and Toronto FC are packing them in and a big year is expected for the Argos. The Toronto sports scene is on fire.

“We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning,” President Donald Trump said during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.

Not here.

“It’s a good time to be a sports fanatic in Toronto.” said Kevin Armada, who came down to get a Jays tickets while wearing his Auston Matthews jersey.

You can feel the buzz of the spring time that only playoff fever offers.

It all starts off Tuesday night with the Blue Jays home opener at the Rogers Centre versus the Milwaukee Brewers. The fans are pumped and some of the players Monday seemed the same way.

Although off to a 1-5 start, the Blue Jays are hoping to get the magic started at home.

Baseball hero Marcus Stroman had his game face on when he came down to the Rogers Centre on Monday. Francisco Liriano was in a good mood, signing autographs for the fans.

The game is an official sellout.

But with photographer Veronica Henri, we found out as late as 5 p.m. Monday there were still two single seats left. Good luck getting seats for the Leafs and Raptors. Tickets for both teams go on sale this week.

For fans that can’t scoop tickets, the Leafs and Raptors will hold free outside celebrations, as well.

But Luis Paz and Paula Esmer, who hail from Guadalajara, Mexico, will be going. They timed their vacation perfectly.

They managed to get tickets for the third Jays game.

“We got the seats for $18 each so we thought that was pretty good,” said Luis. “We couldn’t afford to go to the Leafs or the Raptors.”

But they were glad to hear about how you can watch the Leafs and Raptors with fans outside the venue and capture the excitement as if you were inside.

Fans for both teams will gather in the square just outside the Air Canada Centre — calling it Jurrasic Park on the night the Raptors play and Maple Leafs Square when the blue and white take to the ice.

If they both teams play at the same time, Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment announced it will present the games on a split screen on the jumbotron.

Man, I hope that happens. Perhaps on some nights, both teams could be playing while the Jays are on the field down the street.

Right now the focus is on the Jays and their quest to get back to the playoffs. To quote two legendary coaches — UCLA’s Henry Russell “Red” Sanders (who said it first) and the Green Bay Packers Vince Lombardi (who made it famous) — “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”

It can even cure the headache of a Toronto traffic jam.

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