Calgary baseball pros hoping Blue Jays’ success will give sport a boost
CALGARY – Some Calgarians who’ve loved baseball since they were kids are now hoping the Blue Jays’ big season will get more young players following in their footsteps.
Many of them are former players in the minor leagues, now working as coaches at the year-round Absolute Baseball Academy in Calgary.
The Blue Jays take to the field on Thursday for their first post-season game since 1993.
“It’s great to hear the enthusiasm for baseball,” said former Calgary Vipers player Colin Moro. “We’ve got to get prepared for an influx of new players coming in next year, for sure.”
After years of taking a backseat to hockey, it’s a welcome change for Absolute coach Phil Curtis.
“Hockey’s number one, we understand that,” he said. “It’s just nice to have that change of pace with the Blue Jays putting us on the map, and people are getting excited about baseball.”
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