Forced to find best in Dunedin home, Blue Jays fall in 11 to Angels

Forced to find best in Dunedin home, Blue Jays fall in 11 to Angels

TORONTO – Back in the day, the Toronto Blue Jays had an executive who would shrug his shoulders whenever something went awry and drop a phrase that was heard fairly often. “Sometimes,” he’d say matter-of-factly, “you have to make chicken salad out of chicken [feces].” The mantra so apt during some lean years then came to mind again on Thursday, as the Blue Jays played a home opener away from their Rogers Centre home for the second straight year, forced by the pandemic to take refuge in a minor-league park gussied up for the pomp and circumstance. With Ontario back in lockdown for a third time, case numbers growing exponentially and hospital capacity alarmingly scarce, watching the Blue Jays fall 7-5 in 11 innings to the Los Angeles Angels at TD Ballpark was another reminder of just how far normalcy is from reach. The overarching challenge north of the border is finding the determination to make the best of dire circumstances, which on a far less significant scale is also what the Blue Jays must do. After all, the outlook …
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