I know what you’re thinking. How can I give away a fan of the game award when the team isn’t even in Toronto?
The Blue Jays kicked off an eight-game west coast road trip last night with a nail-biting 3-2 win over the Mariners at Safeco Field. I watched the game from the comfort of my couch, sipping a scotch, and listening to the sweet sound of Buck Martinez botching the pronunciation of Encarnacion. But though the comfort level was way up, my couch is approximately 3,300 KM from Seattle, making a fan of the game selection impossible.
Until, that is, I took a coffee break this morning at work. Walking across the courtyard of the TD Centre, I found a man asleep on a bench, clad in a beautiful, old-school Blue Jays jacket. Seeing jackets like this are rare. Seeing jackets like this on a man fast asleep at 11:30 AM outdoors in a public place on a Thursday are even rarer. So ladies and gentleman, let me present the first ever Courtyard Fan of the Game – the Sleeper!
I know that the Sleeper is probably homeless, and it might seem cruel to talk about him. But 500 Level Fan is in the business of spreading joy to people, and finding the best in all situations.
So picture for a second a possible scenario from last night:
The Sleeper is awake, and following his Jays pitch by pitch. He unleashes a loud cheer for the Alex Gonzalez RBI single and the John Buck HBP RBI. He grimaces and can barely watch when Franklin Gutierrez singles off of Kevin Gregg, putting two men on in the bottom of the 9th. But then he goes wild with the final out, cheering, and high-fiving people around him. He celebrates by going out and getting blind drunk, forgetting where he is, losing his friends, wandering the city aimlessly, finding a nice, hard, marble bench, then laying down, passing out, and being oblivious to everything around him. That is a hard-core fan.