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11-17-2012, 10:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Gobias Industries View Post
Sure, that and this is probably the expected best year of production from the core of Lawrie, Bautista, Encarnacion, Morrow and Romero combined. So that, plus a floundering Red Sox, the new wild card spot, a more wide open AL East and I think the timing was great.

From a local ticket and merchandise perspective the timing is EVEN better. No Leafs to think about and most people are pretty apathetic about hockey, so it's a great time to get excited about the Jays. I bet there are 20x more Jays jerseys sold at Christmas this year versus last year. The buzz for the season should ride out until the home opener if there's no hockey.
Yeah, I hadn't thought of that POV, but its a great point. Without the leafs, the jays are the #1 option in that city, combined with the fact that the other TO teams are mediocre to bad, the Jays can take the entire spotlight for themselves.

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