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The unique atmosphere of this years Blue Jays Home Opener.


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Maverick Mitchell
April 8, 2024  (3:43 PM)
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Blue Jays Unveil renovations for todays home opener vs the Mariners.
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The Toronto Blue Jays are finally back home to face the Seattle Mariners after a season opening 10-game roundtrip while the Rogers Centre has gone through big changes. Though, something feels different about this year's home opener, and not for exciting reasons.

"The Toronto Blue Jays return to the Rogers Centre to play their 2024 home opener tonight after starting the season with a 10-game road trip."

Although a home opener is always exciting and over 40,000 fans will undoubtedly be enthusiastic, the atmosphere feels different from recent years, and not in a positive manner.
Other than the electric new Rogers Centre that was recently unveiled, the anticipation that characterized the start of the previous two seasons has dissipated, and for good reason. The Jays are no longer this new, youthful and exciting team. Instead, they're viewed as underperformers who haven't lived up to their talent or potential, falling way short of any World Series expectations. Despite making three postseason appearances in the last four years, they've yet to secure a single Victory, resulting in a 0-6 record in playoff games.
Repeated throughout the spring, the same narrative remains evident: The Blue Jays encountered significant offensive struggles last season and failed to acquire sufficient reinforcements during the offseason to ensure any true improvement.
The offense has continued to pose challenges in the initial 10 games, with the team scoring three runs or fewer in all but three outings, one of which resulted in a loss. However, despite losing two out of three games to the Yankees over the weekend, there are signs of improvement on the offensive front.
Toronto will be hoping a return home will help them get their first series win of the season after going 4-6 in road meetings with Tampa Bay, Boston and the New York Yankees.
Manager John Shneider is optimistic when talking to the media concerning starting the season on the road.
"Ran into some tough pitching, for sure. We had our chances. Left the bases loaded. Had a chance to win the series here and didn't. Just up and down, both sides of the ball, whether it was offence or pitching. Ten on the road is tough. Guys are really looking forward to getting home, as am, and hopefully find some consistency. But it was just really up and down."

Hopefully returning home is the change of scenery the Jays need to get their season back on track.
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