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Postcard: Rogers Centre's Bill Price excited to take in baseball game at Rogers Centre for first time

by Bill Price @BillPriceNHL / Editor in Chief

TORONTO -- The weather here the past few nights has been absolutely beautiful. I love the cool, crisp weather in the fall, so the 55-60 degree temperatures with clear skies at night in Toronto have been perfect.

Walking to Rogers Centre on Monday for the Yankees-Blue Jays game, I was disappointed that the retractable roof was closed, yet still excited to see the ballpark for the first time.

When I was younger, my dream was to see a game in every Major League Baseball stadium, and while I'm not sure I'm going to get to them all, crossing the former SkyDome off my list was a nice accomplishment.

The game was wild. There was a bench-clearing brawl in the second inning. In the ninth inning, the Yankees scored five runs to take a 7-3 lead, and the Blue Jays nearly came back, scoring twice before Troy Tulowitzki fouled out with the bases loaded to end it.

Great game and a great stadium. Despite the roof being closed and the massive size of the place, it did feel like a ballpark. I spent a few minutes just staring at the mechanical marvel that is the retractable roof, and it's a bit startling to see the hotel rooms built around the center field scoreboard. The whole place is very blue inside (makes sense), and very big. Hard to believe it's 27 years old.

As I have stated before in this postcard, the people of Toronto are very nice. How nice? In the ninth inning, Blue Jays closer Jason Grilli gave up two long home runs and the lead to the Yankees. Being from New York, I expected boos and perhaps some salty language to rain down on Grilli as he headed to the showers, but the fans gave him a round of applause. I was stunned.

Another great thing about Rogers Centre is its proximity to the lakefront area Shawn Roarke wrote about in his postcard on Monday. It took our group about 10 minutes to get from the stadium to a restaurant right on the water.

The hockey resumes Tuesday night. Back to work.   

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