Fans react after ESPN calls Toronto Blue Jays a ‘beer league softball team’

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays had the night off Monday but that didn’t stop the team from trending on social media.

During Monday night’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals, ESPN broadcaster Dallas Braden sparked uproar on Twitter after calling the Blue Jays a “beer league softball team.”

The broadcast team was dissecting the Royals offence in the bottom half of the first inning when Braden made the remark.

“We (the Royals) got an offence but we can go about it in a multitude of ways. We can do it on the base path…moving guys around…we can also hit the long-ball,” Braden explained. “So [the Royals] are not that beer league softball team up north that they have in Canada, but [the Royals] can swing the bat just as well as anybody in the game.”

The comment caused some confusion and uproar amongst Jays fans, igniting Twitter.

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In the bottom of the 7th inning Braden clarified his remarks.

“I affectionately referred to [the Blue Jays as] a beer league softball team or a beer league softball lineup because you got guys one-through-four that can just roll out there and hit a homer…it’s almost like they don’t have to try…” Braden said.

Some fans understood the reference.

While others were still upset Tuesday morning, including Toronto’s newly acquired ace David Price.