Are Blue Jays fans beginning to inherit the mantel of "most unruly rooters in all the land" from, say, those of the Phillies? Former Blue Jays catcher and present-day analyst Gregg Zaun seems to think so. Here are Zaun's comments to the Toronto Star on the subject at hand:
“They're getting drunker, and drunker and drunker and it's because fans are getting younger and younger,” Zaun said.
Perceptions tend to take on a life of their own, but fans at the Rogers Centre have been involved in what seems to be an inordinate number of incidents this season, which are recounted in the Star piece linked above. If nothing else, it is an objective and time-honored truth that 20-somethings who can't hold their liquor are indeed a blight upon creation.
As for the team, the line seems to be that there's no objective data on fan behavior. Here's Jays spokesman Jay Stenhouse:
“We are not going to respond to a blog post about our fans in relation to all other fans based upon a blog site,” he wrote in an email. “I have not seen any reliable survey that documents fan conduct around baseball.”
Blue Jays' rapid-response strategy: say "blog" a lot.
Another interesting nugget from the article: The Yankees have their own traveling security force, which, if they see, say, the Yankee bullpen being excessively heckled, runs and tattles on the home fans to the first usher they can find. And then they quite possibly poop their pants and bang their sippy-cups.
So who's worse, drunk Blue Jay bros or traveling Yankee rent-a-cops spoiling to justify their existence?
(Wink of CBS eye: BBTF)