With interest and excitement in the fortunes of the Toronto Blue Jays off the charts right about now, who better to get takes from than former Jay center fielder Devon White, who dropped by the Buffalo Bisons game at Coca Cola Field last night to do a bit of a good will tour, sign a few baseballs as part of the team’s mystery ball promotion, make an appearance on the radio broadcast and meet with team officials and media.
White was a mainstay of those Blue Jays teams which won World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. He had a post season average of .336 in those two playoff runs and won five Gold Gloves during his tenure with the Jays. Today he works with the Jay Care foundation and travels as an ambassador for the team, and is very connected with the doings up in Toronto.
Right from the get go, White made it clear about this year’s potential postseason up in Toronto. “I’m getting calls asking, ‘can you get me tickets?’ And I am saying NO,” White quipped, referencing the demand for game tickets which is now filling the Rogers Centre game after game. Post season tickets promise to be a hot commodity this October should the Jays reach the postseason.
“I don’t think its fair to compare this year’s team to ours,” said White. “This is a strong offensive team, and they have a real good team. We expect a lot from them in terms of expectations. You don’t play to just get in the playoffs. You play to win your division. I think the Yankees see that we are serious.”
There’s a definite feeling of nostalgia for the 90s glory years all around Toronto. “The fans are definitely getting on the bandwagon, one might say,” said White. “Its been twenty years. It’s good for the players. They understand. And they get that feeling going to the ballpark every day that they need to perform.”
White was asked about the Jays’ affiliation with the Buffalo Bisons, now in its third season. “I look at it and ask, why didn’t that happen sooner? I think its a good relationship and should be a long relationship.
White makes his home in South Florida, and travels for the team assisting in good will capacities and with Jay Care. Be sure that Devo and many of his 90s teammates will be in the stands and in the stadium come October, offering whatever karma and vibe they can toward’s the team’s success.
The Bisons have just six home games remaining this season, with a Fridaynightbash set for tonight, and concluding with fan appreciation day and fireworks next Wednesday. They face Scranton/WilkesBarre five more times, the team they are chasing for the North Division pennant. The team needs to pretty much run the table the rest of the way to have any chance for a post season berth.