Major Leaguer's in a Minor League city.

Major Leaguer's in a Minor League city.

Written by Marissa Packard

PHOTO COURTESY OF TORONTO BLUE JAYS TWITTER

Thanks to the Toronto Blue Jays, Buffalo is seeing a rebirth of Major League Baseball in the city for the first time in a decade.

It’s rare for Major League teams to play games in unfamiliar cities but COVID-19 shook up the world and now we’re seeing Major use of Sahlen Field! The Boston Red Sox’s are one of the teams that made their way back to Buffalo after decades. The last time the Red Sox played a game in Buffalo was in 1917 against the Buffalo Bisons.

The game was played the season after the Red Sox had won the World Series. It’s interesting to note that the Bisons’ weren’t an affiliate to the Sox nor were the Sox a parent team to the Bison's’. Before the 2000s, it was apparent that the affiliates would play one another in an exhibition games but the Red Sox were here long before that was a thing. The Red Sox had a stud on their lineup at the time who went by the name, Babe Ruth. The Red Sox’s won the game by a score of 9-7 at Buffalo Baseball Park

Maybe by having some major league exposure, it might open new opportunities for the city when it comes to having a major league baseball team here. Many of the Blue Jay players who are on the team now once had a spot in the minor leagues in Buffalo. The team has seen a series of winning streaks and walk off wins during their time in Buffalo, so far. The excitement was felt on opening day around the city and from people who weren’t fans of the Blue Jays before. People are excited to give a baseball team a home even if it might be for a shortened season. It's good to have sports back, it's good to have them back in Buffalo even though fans can't attend.

The Toronto Blue Jays have 15 more home games left in Buffalo. Still to come are the series with the Yankees in late September. We will then be able to watch on television, our minor league park on a major league stage, even if it is just for a few games.


PHOTO CREDITS TO MARK MULVILLE OF THE BUFFALO NEWS

PHOTO CREDITS TO MARK MULVILLE OF THE BUFFALO NEWS

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