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TP05: 2010 Home Opener – A Digital Narrative

Ladies and Gentlemen, today is the day. It’s what baseball in this city
lives for: it’s that moment; a new season with new hope. It’s the hustle
and heart that the Toronto Blue Jays bring to a national stage. They’re
not only the team of Toronto but the team of the entire country. Home
Opener isn’t about one day though, it’s about the process which it takes
to arrive at that day. For months and weeks leading up to tonight’s
first pitch, the Toronto Blue Jays staff work off the field to make sure
everything it set to start the season off in the best way possible.

In
order for you to be begin to comprehend the daunting task of creating a
Home Opener, I’ll be taking photos throughout rehearsal and during the day. I’ll be updating as
frequently as possible with photos as they happen, so stay tuned. [EDITORS NOTE: Click on photos to enlarge]

EDIT 1: Rehearsal: April 11th, 2010 6:00pm

View from Rogers Centre Pressbox
View from the Rogers Centre Press Box Tom Farrell’s Grounds Crew making last minute changes to the mound
Grounds Crew Hard at Work on the MoundImagine looking up at 50,000 Fans from Centre Field? Vernon Wells will tonight.View from Centre Field

JForce rehearsing their entrance with the St. Michael’s Drum Line

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JForce needed a substitute member, so guess who filled in?

Fill In

View from the 500 Level, otherwise known as Party Central
From 500sEven after a long day, I’m just so happy to be there.
Long Day...9:56pm – 24 hours from now, it won’t be nearly as calm…
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Edit 2: Morning of the Home Opener: April 12th, 2010 11:10am

It’s a beautiful day for baseball in TorontoDSC01974.JPGEdit 3: Home Opener Midday Photo Op: April 12th, 2010 12:20pm

Can you tell we’re excited around here? These aren’t vegan, for the record.
Thumbnail image for Even the cookies are excitedMarking the most exciting week in baseball in Toronto behind the plate
Fresh Paint

Fresh paint for a fresh season; lines and bases go on the field

Wet Paint

Jays training staff take a test run around the bases
Training Staff TestingTaking things in before the madness begins
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Visitors Dugout

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Last minute maintenance and a view from behind home plate

From behind home plate

The home of Lyle Overbay: 1st base

The home of Lyle Overbay

EDIT 4: Home Opener Batting Practice: April 12th, 2010 3:50pm

The White Sox are in the building
soxBatting Practice set up on the field
bp set upBaseball Media starting to arrive in the press box
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Blue Jays Intern Army suited up for Home Opener
DSC02005.JPG…and again, looking like like a Happy [Jays] Family
intern army
EDIT 5: Post Home-Opener and Final Update: April 12th, 2010 10:55pm

Blue Jays testing out the new turf before BP
DSC02011.JPGChatting with Mr. Jamie Campbell in the Jays DugoutDSC02018.JPG

Fans taking in Jays Batting Practice

DSC02020.JPGThirteen Olympians made their way to the field for media
Thumbnail image for DSC02022.JPGLine-ups beginning outside at 5:30 for hot dogs
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Fans getting into the spirit of the pre-game festivities
Thumbnail image for DSC02041.JPGAlex Bilodeau and his Olympic Gold Medal with Jamie Campbell
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Alex Bilodeau posing for photos with young fans.

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Alex Bilodeau, right before we tossed a ball around
DSC02048.JPGCentre Field: 6:35pm
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Recognizing thirteen Olympic Medalists – the fans were on their feetDSC02054.JPG
 Daughter of Olympian Lyndon Rush, singing the Canadian Anthem from the Sox dugout

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Teams line up for the ceremonial first pitch

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ACE of course, loves gold.
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5th Inning

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 Caught the 8th and 9th in the stands. There’s nothing like a full house

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And so, 13 Olympians, T-Shirts, Interviews, and 11 Innings later: Happy Home Opener.