Despite Shaun Marcum’s best efforts, the Blue Jays dropped a tough one last night to Boston 2-1. A bases loaded walk by Kevin Gregg in the eighth inning brought in the winning run to the disgust of most in attendance – especially one fan. From Section 518, Row 8, I proudly present the inaugural 500 Level Fan of the Game: Mr. Damn It!
Sitting in the 500 level at the Rogers Centre is always a thrill. Conversations range from the educated to the absurd, the logical to the ludicrous. But last night provided a special treat: a single phrase uttered over and over by one man, and then…nothing. Silence. Though he was there with what looked like two or three friends, Mr. Damn It spoke to none of them, putting all of his intense focus and scrutiny on the game itself. One could easily have mistaken him for a die-hard fan so persistent was his attention to the field. But with each batted ball he opened his mouth, and with one golden phrase destroyed that façade: “Damn It!”
Any positive at-bat by Boston was greeted with a “Damn It!” Any negative at-bat by Toronto was followed by a “Damn It!” A Dustin Pedroia infield single in the third – “Damn It!” A Jose Bautista ground out in the bottom of the sixth – “Damn It!” The Gregg bases loaded walk? “Damn It!” It was always spoken in the same tone, at the same volume, and with the same level of emotion.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the ninth that he gave any indication that he could say anything else. With one out and the Jays down by one, catcher John Buck hit a fly ball to deep centre. Mr. Damn It became excited:
(Crack! The ball is blasted towards centre field)
Mr. Damn It: Oh! Go! Go! Go! Go!
(CF Darnell McDonald runs towards the wall)
Mr. Damn It: Woo! Woo! Woo!
(McDonald settles in front of the track and makes the catch)
Mr. Damn It: No! DAMN IT!