For the past few months, he has been staying with his fiancée, Melanie Isaacs, in Kenmore. Gallant said he was in the crowd for the first game at Toronto’s SkyDome, now called the Rogers Center, in 1989. He participated in the 1992 and 1993 World Series, when the Blue Jays won two world championships, the second coming in Joe Carter home-run run that beat the Phillies.
“For all I know,” he said, talking about all the border restrictions, “I may be the only Jays fan (from Canada) who is here as well.”
The situation is different from any presence for any high level team in Buffalo, ever. The Blue Jays, as soon as they can, will go home. As for the pressure to present and support the team, the opposite is true. If anything, local health care specialists would feel better if fans looked out of their living rooms.
In that sense, the people on the road outside of Tuesday’s ball – while they were happy we would just be part of it – had a look that was almost identical to what Moller could see from faraway Iowa right after the Canadian national anthem and Americans thrived on the street when left-wing Hyun-Jin Ryu left Blue Jays faced Miathan Jonathan Villar.
He dropped the ball, Villar punched it, and Major League Baseball was back in Buffalo. From 850 miles away, the only surviving granddaughter of “Rube” Marshall, whose last pit in the overnight line of a Federal League duo stood for 105 years as the last official place of the major league until Tuesday evening in this city, talked about her family and the baseball community across West New York.