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Toronto Maple Leaf Baseball Opener
10/05/2004

Sorry for the light blogging recently. I've been pretty busy.

Yesterday, I did have time to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs' opening day game at Christie Pits.

As I mentioned last week, the Leafs usually have some famous major leaguers on hand to start off the season. This year was no exception; a remarkable line-up of pitchers was there to start the day:

What I didn't know, and found out too late, is that these players were in town for an annual fund-raising dinner that's held for the team by its owner Jack Dominico. Next year, I might check it out.

The game itself was also a good one. In past years, Toronto has dominated the league, but this game was quite close. Unfortunately, I can't do a great job of reporting what happened, since I don't know all the players' names and I wasn't taking notes.

Anyway, the game was tied 1-1 going into the ninth, but the Guelph Royals scored a run in the top of the inning to take the lead. Things were looking grim. However, former-Jay Rob Butler knocked a homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie it up.

In the tenth, it looked like the Leafs were going to get into more trouble. A Royal hit a long drive to deep left field, but Leaf Joe Colameco (I think) made a great catch, smashing into the fence. It looked painful, but he was okay. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, another Leaf -- whose name I missed -- hit another home run to win the game, 3-2.

I can see that a brilliant career as a sports writer awaits me.

UPDATE: Game-winning homer by Gamin Teague… courtesy: big media


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