Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jays Manager John Gibbons: Toronto, as a Baseball City, Is 'On Fire Right Now'

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Jays Manager John Gibbons: Toronto, as a Baseball City, Is 'On Fire Right Now'

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Blue Jays manager praises Toronto fans

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CLEVELAND - Toronto, as a baseball city, is red-hot according to Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

"You know, it's on fire right now," he told reporters Friday prior to Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against Cleveland. "I mean, we saw that last year. But when I first arrived, my first year on the job there was 2002, and our teams weren't very good.

"And the attendance was down. But I probably wouldn't have paid money to see a team that wasn't very good, either, honestly. I couldn't blame them for that."

Times have changed. Toronto drew 3.92 million to the Rogers Centre this season, averaging 41,878. There were 39 sellouts.

"You put a legitimate team out there that's competing at the end, they'll show up," Gibbons said. …

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