One Hashtag, One Sport, One Team, One Nation
It’s been a busy night on social media for Toronto Blue Jays fans. A night in the making for 22 years. For some of us it’s the first time in our lifetime we’ve experienced such a thing; or in my case the first time you’ll remember it (I was only 2 months old the last time the Jays made it to the ALCS).
It is moments like this that ignite a passion not always found in Canadians. We saw it in 2010, when we hosted the world for the Vancouver Olympics; as a nation we proudly stood together and told the world that we were proud of our athletes and their many accomplishments. Once again tonight, our country all paused in unison to watch a game that we all believed in our hearts would go down in the record books, but I don’t think anyone was ready for what we saw tonight. The storyline that unfolded on our TVs, Twitter feeds, and the radio for those of us stuck in traffic could not have been penned by the best of writers; what we witnessed tonight was simply a miracle.
When the call was made in the 7th inning allowing the Texas Rangers to go ahead it would have been all too easy for the Blue Jays and Canada to give up. But the remarkable thing is, no one did that. We all stood proudly together with the Blue Jays and saw that anything is possible.
This young Jay’s fan, dubbed #MiniBautista, certainly believed anything was possible. Many Canadians are thanking him for channelling all of his energy into swinging along with Jose Bautista when he hit that 3-run homerun that rewrote history tonight.
It is moments like this that ignite a spark in all children, not just young athletes. Tonight young boys and girls across Canada witnessed the remarkable things that can happen when hard-work and perseverance are combined. It was a reminder to everyone to never give up on your dreams.
Congratulations to the Toronto Blue Jays, you truly are Canada’s team. It’s amazing what you have done for the country this season; we will once again #ComeTogether with you on Friday night – Good Luck in the ALCS!