This season is the first time since 2019 that the Blue Jays are able to spend their full campaign playing home games in Toronto, and with that, some other teams are finally getting to spend some time enjoying the international baseball city.
During the Cincinnati Reds’ visit last weekend – in which the home team earned a low-scoring series win – rookie pitcher Hunter Greene was able to soak up some Toronto sights and gave a special shoutout to the fans.
"To see it up close, to walk through the city, I just love the culture and the architecture,” Greene told reporters during his stay north of the border. “The atmosphere here is amazing. You could just feel the whole stadium was locked in every pitch."
Some high praise from Hunter Greene re: Jays fans and the city of Toronto:
"To see it up close, to walk through the city, I just love the culture and the architecture … The atmosphere here is amazing. You could just feel the whole stadium was locked in every pitch."
— Jordan Horrobin (@JordanHorrobin) May 21, 2022
The 22-year-old didn’t expand on specifically what architecture of Toronto he was able to enjoy, but one can only assume that a team bus must have passed by the Royal Ontario Museum’s jagged-edge renovation, or he spent time walking through Union Station and looked up at its historic ceilings.
On the field, Greene was in the middle of the hollow cement bowl known as Rogers Centre on Saturday and experienced the rowdy crowd of a weekend baseball game. That didn't seem to slow him down. The second-overall pick in 2017 pitched six innings, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six and walking two batters.
That effort was still not enough, as the Blue Jays earned a 3-1 win thanks to a pair of Bo Bichette home runs.
After being heralded as the next great long-term contender before the season, the Blue Jays have come out with a bit of a whimper and had a 21-18 record before Greene’s start. If they can turn things around and play up to their potential, maybe more visiting players will get to enjoy Toronto’s architecture in October as well.
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