Toronto fans getting bad reputation

Toronto fans getting bad reputation
April 25, 2013, 9:00 am
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In Toronto, fans at Rogers Centre are getting a bad reputation for their behavior (or, given that it’s Canada, their behaviour). The stands reportedly are littered with drunks, leading to obnoxious actions like throwing stuff onto the field. When the Yankees were in the town, presumably inebriated fans were said to be tossing peanuts at them in the bullpen.

Though the Blue Jays could dismiss the reports as anecdotal, Toronto television commentator Gregg Zaun, a former Orioles and Jays (among other teams) catcher, told the Toronto Star he’s not happy with what he’s seeing.

“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. “They’re getting drunker and drunker and drunker, and it’s because fans are getting younger and younger.”

However, Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse said: “We are not going to respond to a blog post [at Yahoo's Big League Stew] about our fans in relation to all other fans based upon a blog site. I have not seen any reliable survey that documents fan conduct around baseball.”

But Zaun has surveyed the scene and come to his own conclusions.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that this happened at the Rogers Centre,” he said, “because I’ve noticed over the years they are getting drunker and drunker with more bravado each year. Unbelievable.”






In Toronto, fans at Rogers Centre are getting a bad reputation for their behavior (or, given that it’s Canada, their behaviour). The stands reportedly are littered with drunks, leading to obnoxious actions like throwing stuff onto the field. When the Yankees were in the town, presumably inebriated fans were tossing peanuts at them in the bullpen.

 

Though the Blue Jays could dismiss the reports as anecdotal, Toronto television commentator Gregg Zaun, a former Orioles and Jays (among other teams) catcher, told the Toronto Star he’s not happy with what he’s seeing.

 

“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. “They’re getting drunker and drunker and drunker, and it’s because fans are getting younger and younger.”

 

However, Blue Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse said: “We are not going to respond to a blog post about our fans in relation to all other fans based upon a blog site. I have not seen any reliable survey that documents fan conduct around baseball.”

 

But Zaun has surveyed the scene and come to his own conclusions.

 

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that this happened at the Rogers Centre,” he said, “because I’ve noticed over the years they are getting drunker and drunker with more bravado each year. Unbelievable.”



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