Right now, as far as I know, the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays are killing it. I’m seeing it constantly on Twitter, Facebook and a little bit here and there on Instagram for friends or acquaintances who can’t help but lap up that winning (because Toronto hasn’t had a taste of winning since the 1992 and 1993 edition of the Blue Jays) without taking a selfie of themselves at a Jays game.
Let’s get this out of the way. I don’t really care for Toronto sports. The last time I cared about any sports teams, it was when the Leafs made it to the Conference finals in ’93 and ’94, and my favourite players were Doug Gilmour (go Dougie!) and Felix “The Cat” Potvin, and of course the Jays won the World Series in ’93 and ’93. I didn’t know much about baseball, other than the fact I still remember the home run that Joe Carter hit at the ‘Dome in Game 6 to win the 1993 World Series, and could name at least half the roster to this day.
In any case, I’ll digress….
With all this buzz and people pretty much foaming at the mouth about how awesome the Blue Jays are, I wondered to myself, “What was the tipping point now that the
SkyDome Rogers Centre is almost sold out every game leading up the playoffs?”
So like any intrepid amateur reporter who knows nothing about sports, I decided to Google up the attendance numbers for Jays’ home games, scrape the data with Kimono Labs, into a Google spreadsheet and present it visually for lazy people like myself to quickly understand.
So when was it okay for you to say the Jays are fucking amazing without being called out as a bandwagoner?
If you proclaimed you were a die hard Jays fan before the trade deadline on July 31, 2015, when they acquired Price and Tulowitzki, you can confidently say you were a jays fan. Bravo! Good on sticking to your guns and riding the wave of winning without being a hypocrite!
If you decided to buy a Jays cap, t-shirt and start attending games after July 31, 2015, guess what? You’re a filthy bandwagoner.
In any case, you’ll also notice a downward trend after the trade deadline. Why did this happen? My best guess is because of the Civic Holiday long weekend. The Jays hadn’t caught on yet, and the few home games after the trade on August 4th and 5th, the bandwagoners hadn’t
caught on piled on yet and the games were on weekdays after the long weekend. But boy oh boy, after that, attendance skyrocketed and likely will stay above the 45,000 fan mark until the end of the season. But hey, that’s just a guess.
Okay, I’m done with my arm chair quarterbacking. Being the hypocrite that I am with a serious case of FOMO… GO BLUE JAYS! 🙂
P.S. If you haven’t already noticed, I was writing this tongue in cheek. I was curious about the attendance of the Jays because of people raving about them on my Fb newsfeed, so I decided to dive into some data and see what was going on.
If you’re curious about the attendance of the Jays so far, here’s the interactive chart with data that I scraped with Kimono Labs.