Toronto Blue Jays Have a Night on the Town, Dance on the Field and Celebrate Legends

Toronto Blue Jays Celebrate Legends and Honor Kids’ Heroes on Social Media

We scoured social media to bring you the best the internet has to offer with this collection of Blue Jays Social Media Buzz.

Okay – let’s just get this out of the way so we aren’t accused of spending too much time with our heads in Twitter and Instagram and not enough time watching games…

We know this team has power, we know what they’re capable of. As the weather warms, so will they. #StopFreakingOut #BreatheJaysFans

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The Curve Ball

After dropping their home opening series to the Red Sox, the team showered well and busted out their party clothes for the annual Curve Ball for the Jays Care Foundation. Hosted by SportsNet’s Jamie Campbell and Evanka Osmak, the event raised $1.24 million for kids across Canada. Alykhan Ravjiani for MLB.com posted a great story describing what the money is used for. Fans and Toronto’s elite spent the evening touring the park, checking out the new dirt infield – where they also dined – and playing interactive games set up throughout Rogers Centre.

Community Volunteers (and future baseball stars) were honored at the event

The Toronto Star published a lovely article about honoree Cyleta Gibson-Sealy last October, and after reading it and understanding the impact she has made, there’s no doubt she was very deserving of the recognition.

And of course Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez were looking their most stylish

Dancing on the Field

While there were no reports of any of the guys getting down at the Curve Ball, Roberto Osuna seems to be the dance partner of choice amongst his teammates this week.

Reppin’ the 6ix

The love this team has for its city is reciprocated time and time again.  In honor of the Raptors’ playoff appearance (Game 1 against the Pacers tonight if you live under a rock), the Jays invited The Raptor to throw out the first pitch at Thursday’s game.

He and Ace played a little catch prior to the festivities…

Drew Storen is new to the team and the city – and he recently got a primer on all things Toronto (as well as an official scroll welcoming him) from Toronto Councillor Norm Kelly.

And while there’s no doubting Edwin Encarnacion’s love for Toronto – he may have an issue with the weather (although, who didn’t complain about that ridiculous snowstorm last week?) (Anyone care to translate?)

 

Welcome to toronto

A video posted by Edwin Encarnacion (@encadwin) on

 

There’s no bigger fan of the 6ix than Marcus Stroman and he spent some time at Best Buy on Thursday signing copies of RBI Baseball (with him on the cover, natch) and meeting fans.

Honoring Legends

The two biggest stories in the sports world this week had to do with legends past and present.

Kobe Bryant played in his last game on April 13 – and the guys on the Blue Jays made sure to show him their love and respect on social media.

 

Respect for one of the best players of the game.you bring a lot of good memories. @kobebryant #mambaday

A photo posted by Edwin Encarnacion (@encadwin) on

April 15, 1947 was Opening Day in Major League Baseball – and it was the day that the game saw the first African American major league baseball player officially take the field. Friday, MLB celebrated the 16th official Jackie Robinson Day, with all players wearing a #42 jersey to honor one of the greats. Some players also wore special cleats, like Josh Donaldson.

 

In the Spotlight

SportsNet’s promos just keep getting better and better with this one featuring Josh Donaldson

 

Even better though are the blooper reels they’re releasing like this one of team #StroChez…

 

And Russell Martin’s steely gaze…

 

Encore baseball shared a fun article from AutoTrader.ca about the cars of the Toronto Blue Jays (RA Dickey’s feature is very dad-like).

SportsNet is running another documentary this weekend – this time on Mark Shapiro. Entitled First Impression: The Mark Shapiro Story, the piece will air prior to the Jays/Red Sox game on Sunday.

 

And finally – April 11 was an off-day for the Blue Jays – but that doesn’t mean the guys aren’t working. Jose Bautista stopped by Twitter Canada to participate in a special Ask Joey Bats Q and A

And yes, here’s every response he tweeted out:

 

That’s just a taste of some of the lighter moments in Blue Jays social media this week! Enjoy the weekend and #GoJaysGo!

 

 

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Joy Frank-Collins

Joy Frank-Collins is a Communications professional who got her start writing as a journalist at a daily newspaper in southeastern Ohio. She was born in Reds country, but “found” baseball watching the 1986 Mets win the World Series. A long-time Pittsburgh Pirates fan, she added the Blue Jays as her AL team the day they picked up Russell Martin. She lives in Marietta, Ohio, with her family, who all share her passion for baseball. She loves the suicide squeeze, a crisp 6-4-3 double play and catchers. When not obsessing over baseball, Joy likes to work out, travel and drink wine.