If you’ve been watching any of the Blue Jays playoff games, you’ve likely noticed that the regulars you’re used to seeing bring baseball into your homes have been replaced by Fox Sports and their respective commentators. Well, with Fox comes Harold Reynolds, a former MLB second baseman who apparently hasn’t spent much time north of the border.
“We talked about foul balls into the stands… they don’t play a lot of baseball in Canada, a lot of people aren’t used to catching them”
Did he actually say this? Wait, so we aren’t supposed to hit the ball back with a hockey stick?!? We are supposed to catch them? Since there are only 3 Canadians on the Toronto Blue Jays and 26 Americans, it’s understandable. Eh?
I remember the day the Blue Jays won the pennant years ago. I was sitting in a taxi cab at the JFK airport and when the driver found out the Blue Jays won he threw me out of his cab because I was going to the Air Canada terminal.
“Canada has no business winning the pennant”, he said
Right now I assume they are terrified of the Blue Jays playing in the world series as ratings will be really poor for Fox sports, and they paid a lot of money for the rights to MLB. But what a dumb thing to say when catcher Russel Martin is Canadian, eh? I guess Reynolds knows where Canada is since he used to live here. Did Harold Renyolds forget about his time in Triple A with the Calgary Cannons before he was called up to the Mariners? Maybe I am wrong, but was Calgary part of Canada back then?
It may be America’s pastime, but its origins lie in Beachville, Ontario, which makes it Canada’s game. Something few Americans are willing to admit. Beachville, about 40 kilometres east of London, Ontario, boasts of itself as the home of baseball in Canada because it was here on June 4, 1838 that a game of baseball, or at least a form of the game as we now know it, took place in front of several spectators.
The first documented evidence of a base ball game in Canada comes from a letter published in Sporting Life magazine in 1886, a letter by Dr. Adam E. Ford of Denver, Colorado, formerly of St. Marys, Ontario and Beechville, Ontario, about a game 48 years earlier in Beechville on June 4, 1838 — Militia Muster Day. Many Canadians, including the staff of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Marys, Ontario, claim that this was the first documented game of modern baseball, although there appears to be no evidence that the rules used in this game were codified and adopted in other regions.
I say we cover Reynolds in maple syrup and throw Timbits at him! As Steve Yaver commented on Facebook: “Harold should see how well he does catching hockey pucks”.