I’ve said before that baseball is the best sport to watch in person while drinking, and apparently Canadians are catching on, because according to Greg Zaun, former Blue Jay catcher and current color man for Jays’ broadcasts, the Rogers Centre is turning into a shitshow.
Boorish behaviour at Blue Jays games has risen to alarming levels, according to Zaun.
The fans, especially in the 500 level, “are developing a reputation,” Zaun told the Star on Monday.
“It’s very, very prevalent at the Rogers Centre, especially in the later innings when the Jays are losing that people lose their minds,” Zaun said.
He said some fans are under the wrong impression that just because they paid their admission that they can behave anyway they want.
“They’re getting drunker, and drunker and drunker and it’s because fans are getting younger and younger,” Zaun said.
He added he is most concerned about fans throwing objects onto the field, but he doesn’t even think “profanity should be tolerated at all.”
The legal drinking age in Canada is 19, which realistically means that there are probably 16-year-olds getting absolutely plowed on stadium booze, not to mention all the smuggled in Canadian Mist pints that are being guzzled shamelessly.
So how fucked up are Blue Jays fans getting? Pretty good and drunk.
That’s an impressive stream, sir, though I’d probably be more impressed if there were an 11-year-old girl and her off duty police captain father who had pissed you off mid-game beneath said regurgitation, but then again, who could ever top the sociopathic hijinks of Phillies fans?
It would seem Zaun is worried that the increased alcoholic consumption of Blue Jays fans may lead to them behaving like some less respectful fanbases. I don’t see it happening, personally. They’re still Canadians, and this isn’t hockey, or curling, or baby seal clubbing. Blue Jays games will be fine. In fact I think increased attendance is worth a little extra puke here, or a lame Canadian taunt there.
“Hey budd-ay! Hows aboot you tie your shoe, which is untied! Made you look! Nice swing guy! You couldn’t crack a baby seal skull with that weak swing!”
[via The Toronto Star]