Some members of Canada’s favourite baseball team are in town as the Toronto Blue Jays 2019 Winter Tour arrives in Halifax.
Outfielder Kevin Pillar, infielder Devon Travis, catchers Luke Maile and Danny Jansen, and pitcher Ryan Borucki are scheduled to appear at several events Friday and Saturday.
“We’re going to be making a trip to the IWK Health Centre, meeting with fans for the autograph session, visiting with the armed forces and doing some baseball clinics, so it’s a pretty well-rounded tour for the next couple of days,” Borucki said. “It’s going to be exciting to interact with fans and do stuff with them.”
It’s the Illinois-native’s first visit to Nova Scotia.
“I’m trying to hit every spot in Canada … so I’m knocking this one off my bucket list.”
Luke Maile is also a Halifax rookie and he’s looking forward to exploring the city.
“Anytime you’re around you’re around these East Coast towns, whether it’s in the States or in Canada, I think they’re pretty interesting,” he explained. “All the history, the fishing and the seafood, which I’m a big fan of.”
Maile also plans to sink his teeth into a “breathtaking and magical” donair.
Both players say fans can expect an exciting upcoming season from the Jays.
“We’re going to have some new starters coming in that I think are going to help us and we’re getting a lot of talented players back,” Maile said. “I think all-in-all it should be a pretty fun year and we’ll see what happens.”
One of those highly anticipated incoming players is top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
“He’s coming … the hype behind him is bringing a lot of fans towards us,” Borucki said. “Hopefully he comes up and can help us like we think he can.”
More information on the Blue jays Winter Tour can be found online.