2007 Blue Jays Schedule Run Down
For the Jays to be competitive in the AL East they must increase ticket sales in order to pay for the players that they have signed.Â One look at the Jays 2007 sched and a good fan will see what JP has arranged.
When a Jays fan sees the schedule there are four things they look for in this order, 1) When is Opening Day, 2) When to the Red Sox and Yankees come to town, 3) What NL teams come to TO and 4) Are they home for the Holiday games.
So, the Jays don’t open the season until they have played 7 games already.Â A Monday night opener against KC.Â They will probably have Chacin start.Â If this game was mid May the Jays are looking at 20,000.Â Since this is opening day they will probably have 45,000.Â Having a poor drawing team in the opening dayÂ slot willÂ increaseÂ the expected attendance.Â Also,Â game 2 of the season is a Toonie Tuesday.Â Game 2Â is typically the poorest drawing game for all teams.Â If the JaysÂ play an exciting game on Monday theyÂ should expect not to be embarassed at the gate onÂ Tuesday.
When do the Red Sox and Yankees come to town, this is an interesting one;Â not genius but atÂ least clever on JPs part.Â ForÂ a typcialÂ 9 game home set against each division rival the Jays should expect eitherÂ 3 series oneÂ each of 2,3,4Â games.Â One or two of those series are weekend series.Â Â The Jays should expect 3 home weekend series against the Sox and Yanks combined.Â Â In 2007 they will have none.Â JP has arrangedÂ for all Yanks and Red SoxÂ games to be played during the week.Â The SkyDome or Rogers Centre fills up with American Fans fromÂ the Northeast and some fickleÂ and bandwagon Yankee/Sox fans in Toronto.Â These are the Jays biggest drawing bills andÂ they would expect to top 40,000 on a weekend afternoonÂ day.Â Much of theÂ sameÂ people would make the trek to Toronto to catch their beloved team during the week.Â So, JP has filled low drawing weekday games with more high drawing teams.Â Lots of weekend series against Tampa, Texas, Seattle etc, folks will come to these games in the summer weekends usually over 35,000.
The NL teams coming to Toronto are the Nationals, Dodgers and Rockies, yep contain yourself in your rush out to get those tickets to see the nobodies that play on these exciting teams, GAG.
The Jays don’t have many holiday games. They open on Easter Monday at night, which isn’t really a baseball holiday.Â They are home to the Yankees on US Memorial Day.Â They are on the road for Canada Day.Â They are home to the Yankees for Civic Day at 1pm.Â They are at the Red Sox on Labour Day, night game again(???).Â The AL should sync up these holidays a little better.
Some other notes.Â Jays are finished playing the AL Champ Tigers by April 15.Â They play the Indians and the Dodgers the same amount of times.Â Jays and Indians should do battle for an AL Wild Card spot.Â The Jays have reintroduced the Toonie Tuesday in April and May.Â After Labour Day they play every division team at home and on the road.Â
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