...and all we got were these rally towels, Jose Bautista bobbleheads, and four autographs.
Meaghan, my parents, and I took in Friday night's home opener, with 47,000 of our closest friends. Rally towels were distributed at the gates1, and a visit to Sportsnet's new broadcast location at section 134 netted some photographs of Roberto Alomar, Gregg Zaun, and Jamie Campbell, as well as Zaun's autograph.
We sat in the 500 level, it was sweltering, but the atmosphere was electric as the Jays cruised to a 13-3 win, thanks in part to two JP Arencibia homeruns.
More fun was to be had afterwards as Meaghan and I got together with Nad, and talked the night away until 3 am in a very accommodating Tim Hortons.
Saturday was our friend Amy's birthday game, and although the crowd was about 20,000 fans lighter, the game was no less exciting as rookie Kyle Drabek started what turned out to be a one-hit, 6-1 win that featured two more homeruns.
Dinner at Jack Astor's followed, but we were able to get home and to bed before Saturday turned to Sunday.
Sunday was the game we were iffy about, as we had very little energy remaining in our bodies, but figured, "What the hell?" and five of us - Meaghan, her sister, Nad, Scott and I - got down to the ballpark in time to scoop a bobblehead each, as well as an autograph from Twins closer Joe Nathan before the game.
The game didn't go completely as planned, though, with the Jays suffering a couple of bad bounces and being victimized by the long ball on the way to a 4-3 loss. A 2-out, bases loaded situation at the end of the game made it quite intense, but alas, they couldn't get an opening weekend sweep.
We were able to end the game on a high note, though, as we finagled our way down to the TD Comfort Zone seats and scored autographs from Joffrey Lupul and Brett Lebda of the Toronto Maple Leafs.2
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why you go down to games early, stay after games late, and find people that are willing to put up with you doing that.
Go Jays Go.
1 - And hurled onto the field with each of the Jays' four homeruns
2 - Colton Orr was also at the game, but left before we could weasel our way all the way down