It’s Fan Appreciation Weekend at the Rogers Centre.
You’ve seen those ads on TV: Balloons, toque giveaways, happy, smiling fans waving at cameras with banjo music playing in the background. “Three days of celebrations” the announcer says.
Yep, the Jays love their fans, though they have a funny way of showing it. Friday night, for instance, the Jays elected to keep the Rogers Centre roof closed, even though it was a gorgeous fall evening. Game time conditions were 18C and clear. And everybody knows Jays games are more enjoyable (and with much more atmosphere) when the weather is nice and the roof is open.
But it wasn’t their fans the club was thinking about, pre-game. It was their ace, knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Nobody was admitting anything, but the word was Dickey had asked that the roof be kept closed (he denied that afterwards). Jays manager John Gibbons was asked (sarcastically) before the game if the roof was closed because there was a threat of rain (there wasn’t).
“I told ya,” said Gibbons, with a laugh. “That’s not my department. I don’t get involved in those things.”