Jays felt series move was inevitable

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

BOSTON — Nobody in the Blue Jays locker room is happy about losing three home games but the mood was more resignation than indignation.

“We’ll be playing in Philly where they have some of the most passionate fans in all of sports,” said Vernon Wells, the Jays union player rep.

“We will be hated, as we always are when we go there. But it’s a good place to hit and we’ve done well on the road this year and hopefully that will continue.”

Wells said discussions that included the players have been ongoing for a couple of months and it was agreed by all that with the G20 summit next door, it would make it nearly impossible for fans to get to the park.

“Everybody had input into it,” Wells said. “But when you’re talking about security concerns, with the potential for something going wrong, whatever that may be, it’s a wise choice to move it.”

The three-game series against the Phillies was scheduled at Rogers Centre June 25-27, with the Jays heading to Cleveland for four games from June 28-July 1 and then on to New York for three. Now they will have a 10-game trip instead of seven.

“We talked about moving it to Cleveland,” Wells said, “so then we’d be in Cleveland for a week and that would be interesting in its own self. I don’t think anybody in here minds too much (being in Philadelphia). It’s just another three days on the road.”

“We’re gonna miss our own beds and our fans, but (the executives) think this is the best thing to do so that’s what we’re going to do,” manager Cito Gaston said.

“The other thing is we’re rooting and hoping and pulling for a day game on Saturday (June 26). I love the fact we have day games on Saturdays in Toronto. I hope they will consider that and give it to us.”

The feeling among the Blue Jays is that the move was inevitable and that if they had tried to play the games in Toronto, it would have been unsatisfying for everyone.

“We look at the good things and we’ve just made it a little easier for the police in Toronto who won’t have to deal with us that weekend,” Wells said.


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