Buffalo baseball fans revel in historic Blue Jays game at Sahlen Field

5,321 fans attend Major League Baseball in Buffalo for first time in more than a century
Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray hurls the first pitch in Buffalo against the Miami Marlins. June 1, 2021
Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray hurls the first pitch in Buffalo against the Miami Marlins. June 1, 2021 Photo credit WBEN/Mike Baggerman

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) – Tuesday’s historic Blue Jays baseball game in Buffalo was not lost on the fans who this year were able to witness Major League Baseball in Western New York for the first time in more than a century.

5,321 fans attended Tuesday’s game which Toronto won 5-1.
The overwhelming majority of those fans were packed along the third-base side of the field in fully vaccinated sections in juxtaposition to the opposite side of the stadium which accommodated fans with physically distanced seating.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Buffalo native Jim Mitchell said. “It’s an intimate stadium where you get to see the Bisons players we’ve been rooting for years growing up to be Blue Jays but now back home to Buffalo. It’s exciting.”

There were several fans who flocked to Buffalo from out of the region. Some were simply visiting town and wanted to catch a game while they were here. Others came from downstate to add Sahlen Field to their checklist of MLB stadiums. Some die-hard Blue Jays fans came from as far away as Texas.

You can hear from more fans during Wednesday's "A New Morning" on WBEN

However, there were no fans from Toronto due to the ongoing border shutdown.

The star of Tuesday’s game was Vlad Guerrero Jr, whose dominating offensive performance prompted standing ovations and “MVP” chants. The former Bison tallied four hits including a three-run home run in the third inning. The early candidate for AL Most Valuable Player fell a triple shy of the cycle.

Toronto continues their homestand on Wednesday night when they wrap up their two-game series against Miami. There are no tickets available through the Blue Jays. Instead, fans wanting to go to Wednesday’s game would need to do so through the secondary market. Tickets go on sale for games from June 24 to July 4 on June 10.

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