It had been a long time since the Blue Jays had visited Wrigley Field.
The Jays, an American League team, don’t play Chicago’s National League team very often. As such, Friday was their first visit to the 101-year-old ballpark since 2005.
Blue Jays fans come from all over Canada, and they travel well, as we’ve seen in recent years at road games in Seattle. So you know they weren’t going to let this opportunity pass them by. A weekend series against the Cubs, the reigning World Series champions, at Wrigley Field?
And a day game, no less?
They came prepared, in large numbers, and they were loud.
— Jenn Smith (@Baseball_Jenn) August 18, 2017
— Richard Griffin (@RGriffinStar) August 18, 2017
I mean, they were ready at breakfast.
They were even loud at batting practice.
1st time the Blue Jays have been @ Wrigley Field in over 12 years, the second-longest gap by an opposing team in the MLB. I’m so thankful to be here and pumped for an amazing weekend of baseball! Go Jays! . . .#thefriendlyconfines #wrigleyfield #morethanagame #bluejays #cubs #ladiesofEVBL #EVBL2017 #imnotcrying #yourecrying #shutup #baseball #canadiansabroad
Though their team lost the game 7-4, Blue Jays fans did get a thrill in the eighth inning when Toronto scored three runs to narrow the score to 5-4.
Expect an equally enthusiastic Blue Jays fanbase at Wrigley again on Saturday, when they take on Chicago in Game 2 of their three-game series.