Blue Jays fight back

TORONTO – Want to start a fight in the 500 level on Toonie Tuesdays? Well, you’re going to have to do it sober. After this week’s pile of fan altercations in the upper reaches of the Dome, especially during last night’s first $2 Tuesday promotion, the Jays have changed their alcohol policy.

For the three upcoming $2 Tuesdays — May 6, May 20 and June 10 — there will be no beer available in the seats affected by the promotion. That means all you fans hoping to throw down a toonie to sit in the 200 level outfield seats or in the 500 level with the intention of getting hammered, well, no beer for you.

This comes after Jays president and CEO Paul Godfrey witnessed a few of the fights from his suite at Rogers Centre. There were roughly 100 people kicked out of the park on Tuesday and an arrest made — roughly the same numbers as on Opening Day. Problem is that there were 21,000 fewer fans in the seats on Tuesday.

“If it continues to cause our fans who are interested in baseball a disturbance,” Godfrey said, “then I’ll seriously consider scrapping the $2 program entirely. It’s unfortunate, because it’s a good way to attract people, but we’re not going to tolerate that type of activity at the ballpark.”

“A few can always ruin it for the majority,” he continued. “It’s really unfortunate that some of them feel that this is a night club here. It’s not a night club. It’s a sport venue.”

Nice. With that, here’s tonight’s lineups. A little late, but what can you do?

OAKLAND (4-4) at TORONTO (4-3)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

ATHLETICS
Travis Buck, RF
Mark Ellis, 2B
Daric Barton, 1B
Jack Cust, DH
Emil Brown, LF
Bobby Crosby, SS
Jack Hannahan, 3B
Kurt Suzuki, C
Ryan Sweeney, CF

PITCHING: LHP Greg Smith

BLUE JAYS
David Eckstein, SS
Shannon Stewart, LF
Alex Rios, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Aaron Hill, 2B
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Marco Scutaro, 3B
Gregg Zaun, C

PITCHING: RHP Dustin McGowan

5 Comments

I’m with you Jordan.

I was at the home opener and witnessed a couple of incidents in the 500 level. It was absolutely disgusting. Most fans are there to watch the game. Then you get a few bad apples who unfortunately stand out.

All those drunks and all those idiots who threw their towels on the field are not baseball fans. They’re just posers.

Can someone please tell me why the hell has Scutero not been credited with at least 3 errors this game?

Let’s hope he is benched for the rest of the year…

I was at the game on Saturday and opening day. I had some of the worst seats i’ve ever had, on opening day (at the 500 level) and still had a total blast. I did notice the fights to my left and right, but it wasn’t near me to ruin my enjoyment of the game. Listening to the conversations some of the people around me were having it did sound more like a club group then a bunch of baseball fans, so I do understand why they have decided to do this. My friend told me he knew a bunch of club bouncers who actually went and got into a fight so it’s pretty obvious that most of the people that did go where just there to get drunk and not necassarily to watch the game.

The Blue Jays themselves, meanwhile, look like the same team last year. They can’t seem to find a way to beat teams they should beat (consistantly). I wonder if J.P. will use the loss of Casey this year as an excuse for the ‘pen being shaky the last 2 nights.

I think we could really use B.J back right about now.

I was thinking the same thing last night Freedom. It wont be too much longer, thankfully. Rolen’s “D” was needed too.

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