Tuesday, May 11, 2010
It's O-Phil-Cial: G20 Summit trumps Blue Jays/Phillies series
By Ian Hunter
The Toronto Star and the Fan590 are reporting that there will be an official announcement later this afternoon indicating that the series originally scheduled to take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto will shift to Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia.
It sounds like there would have been too much security around the perimeter of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which could have not only halted traffic, but Go Trains as well. Even if the series stayed in Toronto, it would have been a clusterf*ck to get to the Rogers Centre.
An ordinary 30 minute commute to the Dome would have probably taken double the time, and would possibly involve security checkpoints, pat downs, etc. And that's even BEFORE you get to the Rogers Centre.
It's disappointing that this series has been moved to another city, but I feel bad for the season ticket holders who now only have access to 78 home games instead of 81. Does that mean they get free tickets to the series in Philadelphia? It makes sense, right ... since Toronto will technically be the "home" team in that series.
And what about the folks who have already purchased tickets for that weekend? It's unfair to pull the rug from underneath them like that, and I hope the Blue Jays have some way of compensating them.
In the meantime, I'm sure the wheels are in motion for a road trip to Philadelphia. Unfortunately, I didn't have a wedding to go to that weekend, I'd be all over it.
Or to make this easier for everyone, any chance that Stephen Harper and Barack Obama can get together convince the rest of the world leaders to reschedule the G20 Summit? They're the President and Prime Minister - if any one has pull, it's them!