Sunday, 24 September 2017

Final Blue Jay Home Game of 2017 - Farewell Jose!

This afternoon my buddy, Malcolm, and I were at the Toronto Blue Jays final home game of 2017. The game had two goodbyes. The first was the Jays themselves. For the first time in years, they didn't make the post season so this game was the last chance to see them in 2017.

The other was for Jose (Joey Bats) Bautista. This would be his final game in a Jays uniform at home as after 10 fabulous years, he will be leaving the club. He didn't have the season this year that he or the fans expected but the place went nuts every time he came to bat.

Our seats were in the far left field corner. They had better sightlines than shown below and was in the shade for the entire game, a bonus on such a sweltering day.

Justin Smoak smacks a double early on.

The outfielder in the middle is Aaron Judge for the Yankees, a shoo-in for Rookie of the Year plus he has a shot at the MVP. He has a great career ahead of him and from what I hear is great with the fans. He's one of the few players that come out early to give autographs and chat with the fans. He also is huge! Look how he towers over his teammates.

46,394 fans were in attendance today. Blue Jay fans are loyal. The team didn't have a great year but still drew 3,203,886  (39,444 per game average) fans for the year. In the American league, only the Yankees draw more per game.

Between innings, the bullpen came out to thank the fans.

Marcus Stroman was excellent on the mound again today and got the win. He leaves here in the sixth inning to a standing ovation.

Speaking of standing ovations, Jose Bautista received one each time he came to bat.

Big swing and a miss for Jose in his last at bat in the eighth. Everyone in the place including Jose was hoping for a home run.

I'm not a John Gibbons fan but thought it was a classy move for him to take Jose out of the game with one out in the ninth so the fans could give him one final standing ovation. He hugged his teammates on the way off.  After he shook hands with his team in the dugout, he came back onto the field, tipped his hat and applauded the fans. It was a great moment!

Oh, the game. The Jays jumped into a 5-0 lead after three innings and when the Yankees put up a run in the fourth, added another four of their own to the total. The final was a 9-5 victory!

It's weird now not having the Jays in the playoffs. Too many injuries during the year. I have full confidence, though, that in the Jays' final home game of 2018, they either will be in first or in a close fight for it.

See you, Boys, in 2018!

Saturday, 23 September 2017

A Walk Along the New Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail

This afternoon Teena and I took a walk along the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail in the newly developed area of the old Ontario Place.

The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail is the province's new landmark park. Previously a parking lot, the park and trail is 7.5 acres of public green space on a spectacular part of Toronto’s waterfront.

The design is inspired by Ontario landscapes and is the culmination of discussions with people from across Ontario, including the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. As a result of public consultation, key features are included in the final design, including a pavilion and washroom facilities.

The Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail is a first step in transforming Ontario Place into a vibrant, year-round waterfront destination.

Approaching the trail.

The entrance to the 7.5 acre park and 1.3 km trail. We did the loop then did it again in reverse.

The trail.

Here we are!

There were a few places with these purple flowered bushes which were full of Monarch Butterflies.

More sights.

It's a beautiful park and I was happy to see how many people had discovered and were enjoying it. It's not the last time we'll be heading there for a nice walk.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market

This afternoon I wandered over to the Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market, which is held at the top north-west corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park at Dundas and Shaw. The market is open from 3pm-7pm every Tuesday until October 31.

There was a wide variety of farmers, wineries and fresh food to eat available. Here are a few.

Aldergrove Farm.

 Matz Fruit Barn.

Sweet Gale Gardens.

 Twin Creeks Organic Farm.

I bought some Mimolette, which is an aged Water Buffalo Cheese originally made from cow's milk in northern France, from Monforte Dairy.  I've had their Mimolette before and it's fabulous!

I also came home with a small bag of fresh casarecce pasta from Alimentari Foods. Pesto pasta for supper tomorrow night!

Trinity Bellwoods is a nice farmers market with lots of variety and has the advantage of being set up in the shade. It's worth checking out.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Toronto Wolfpack Finish Season Undefeated at Home

Last week the Toronto Wolfpack defeated the Barrow Raiders to clinch the championship. As the rugby league has the top 8 teams play each other once with the top club winning the championship and promotion to the next level, it meant that the Pack still had one more game today. That was this afternoon against Doncaster RLFC.

For the Wolfpack, the game was meaningless but for Doncaster a win would clinch 5th place and a chance to play for the second promotion to the Kingstone Press Champions League. Toronto was not about to lay down for them.

 This week I bought fold up chairs to use on the hard benches of Lamport. Teena and I both appreciated having a supported back for the game.

Here we are ready to cheer on the boys.

The Championship Toronto Wolfpack make their way onto the field.

The national anthems were sung. Teena and I sat on the west side of the stadium in the shade so had a better view of the anthems.

Opening kickoff.

A hard tackle by Doncaster.

Team Canada was playing USA after the Wolfpack game and lined up for pictures. Go Boys!

The Wolfpack were down 12-4 at the half and Doncaster was dominating. The She-wolves came out to perform.

The hot dog gun is always popular.

Second half kick-off.

Chugging for a try. He was pulled down but Toronto scored shortly after.

I would be in pain too if I had three big guys piling on me.

Pushing for a try but stopped.

The announced crowd was 8,456

QLT (Quentin Laulu-Togaga'e) being taken down.

Toronto stopped Doncaster dead in their tracks in the second half.

The game ended with a 26-14 Toronto Wolfpack victory. As always, the players shake hands and congratulate each other.

Toronto Mayor John Tory was there (in the white jersey) to help present the medals.

Yes, the celebrated last week with the cup. This week they celebrate again, this time with the shield. Much better for Teena and I as we were on the west side of the stadium and the presentations faced us, so yes, this is my picture and not copied from anywhere else.

So happy to see the Toronto Wolfpack have such a great season and win it all. So sad it's over.

'Til next season boys!!