Video: A Belated Happy Canada Day from the 1996 Toronto Blue Jays

A few observations:

1. I’d always secretly wondered what Gord Ash looked like in a yellow rain coat. And that yellow hat. I now know.

2. “The Maestro” would have been a great nickname for Cito Gaston.

3. Carlos Delgado doesn’t look to be aging, and that’s a good thing. I hope King Carlos lives forever.

4. That was some solo by Joe Carter, wasn’t it? Joe, if you’re out there, and reading this, I want you to know that if you ever need a place to crash in Toronto, mi casa es su casa. Not that you ever would, but, still. You can even have the bed. (Fresh sheets, of course.) I’ll sleep on the couch. It’s the least I can do.

5. Marketing departments have come a long, long, long way in 16 years.

H/T: My man Ian, the one and only Blue Jay Hunter.




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6 Responses to “Video: A Belated Happy Canada Day from the 1996 Toronto Blue Jays”

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  1. Nic says:

    Epic, absolutely epic. Joe’s got a hell of a voice.

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  2. Hugh Briss says:

    Otis Nixon…the most handsome of the red coats.

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  3. Nu?! Billy Baroo says:

    This is a fascinating foray into uncharted waters – the Toronto Blue Jays.

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    • I plan on covering the Blue Jays a bit more often. You know, it’s kind of weird that the other 29 teams in baseball haven’t put any promotional videos together about Canada Day.

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  4. PG says:

    A couple notes:

    1.) I was actually at this game as an 11 year old. They played this video on the Jumbo-tron. It was awesome. It didn’t seem as campy at the time. Probably because it was 1996 and I was 11.

    2.) That doesn’t even look like Cito Gaston as the maestro in the from-behind view. It reminds me of Larry David’s role as Steinbrenner in Seinfeld. It’s not actually him, it’s just a really great impression.

    3.) Otis Nixon is always uglier than I remember.

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  5. WGH says:

    Oh man, I’m a huge Blue Jays fan & I’ve never even seen this! I guess that’s what happens when you live all the way over on Vancouver Island!

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