TORONTO – Keegan Matheson expects it to be extremely loud at the Rogers Centre in Toronto tonight as the Blue Jays play game five of the American League Division Championship Series against the Texas Rangers.
“I’d expect the atmosphere to be the best of the season,” said the co-editor of the Jays Journal, who is originally from New Glasgow.
He said the weather is supposed to be cool, so he thinks the roof of the Rogers Centre will likely be closed for the game. “It keeps the fresh air out, but keeps the sound in!”
Two years ago, after obtaining an English and creative writing degree from Dalhousie University, Matheson became a staff writer for Jays Journal, a news and opinions site of the FanSided Network.
Jays Journal provides Blue Jays news, views and original content, and serves as a community for fans to come together to discuss their passion. Writers produce six to eight pieces each day, covering the entire Blue Jays’ organization, including its minor league teams.
Matheson took on the role of co-editor this summer, prompting a move to Toronto about a month ago. “To write about the Blue Jays and cover them, and people want to talk about the Blue Jays with me, it’s all a real privilege. I consider myself really lucky,” he said.
The last time the Blue Jays won the World Series, Matheson was only three years old.
While he can’t remember that, he’s happy to be writing about the team’s most successful season since they won the World Series in 1992 and 1993.
He’s been a Blue Jays fan ever since he can remember, coming from a family of fans of the sport. “Baseball was big for me growing up,” he said.
While his family didn’t play sports, they always watched them together, including his parents and grandparents. He said it was a nightly tradition to watch the Blue Jays during baseball season. “It’s something that surrounded me when I was young.”
Growing up in New Glasgow, Matheson himself played baseball in the Kinsmen league in New Glasgow until his teens. He graduated from North Nova Education Centre in 2008.
As Canadians are in the midst of a federal election campaign, Matheson said people can find many things to disagree about politically. “The Blue Jays are one thing that make people agree and hope for something.”
Blue Jays season
The Jays advanced to the American League Division Series by winning the AL East this season.
The team lost the first two games in the series against the Texas Rangers 5-3 and 6-4 in Toronto.
The Blue Jays then won the next two games in Texas with scores of 5-1 and 8-4.
Toronto clinched the AL East title with a 15-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
The squad last made it to the playoffs 22 years ago en route to their second World Series title.