WBC Game Review: USA 6 Canada 5.
Unbelievable game. I have been to A LOT of baseball games at the SkyDome and I have never experienced an atmosphere like the one today. Granted, I never had the opportunity to go to a game during the glory days of the ’92-’93 playoffs. But this afternoon was great. Every pitch was so intense. Every one of the 42,000 was in the game.
The major thing I loved about the game was that EVERYONE was into the game. There were no suits like they have at World Junior tournaments or Leaf games. Everybody followed every pitch and everyone knew the consequences of losing. Nobody was there just to say they were there. This is partly because baseball is a dying sport in Toronto, but for those who still follow baseball and hte Blue Jays – they are die hard fans.
It was good to finally go to an international sporting event. There were lots of American fans, and surprisingly, it was a peaceful crowd. You can’t even find one of those at Jays games. It was just a great time. Everyone seemed partly inebriated and just wanted to enjoy a good game. And they got a good game. Five home runs between the two teams, including a rocket from hometown boy, Joey Votto. Matt Stairs got the early standing ovation, but by the end of the game, the entire crowd was chanting “Joey! Joey! Joey!” I think we may have found a new national baseball hero.
The only bad things about the game were that Canada lost and that the staff at the SkyDome were totally unorganized. Virtually every gate was backed up. We had to wait about 15 minutes in line before we entered the SkyDome, mainly because there were only 2-3 people working the gates checking tickets. What SkyDome? You really didn’t expect a full barn for an international sporting event between two rival countries? Really? Regarding the ticket checkers, it was totoally amateur. All they did was either check the ticket stubs, or if you printed your tikets from home, they simply ripped off your barcode. What could have stopped someone from photocopying a ticket and have them rip a dublicated barcode? I’m going to try that on Monday.
Even though I am not expecting the same type of intense crowd, I can’t wait to watch the next Candada game on Monday.