Those stalwart Toronto fans actually seemed to enjoy their status as underdogs - or is that underbirds?
About 60 Blue Jays fans, undaunted by the surrounding sea of Oakland Athletics boosters in the Coliseum, withstood calls of "Boo Birds!" and chants of "Sweep! Sweep! Sweep!" as they watched the A's claim a 6-3 victory in Game 2 of the American League playoffs Wednesday."It's great," said Harv Harvison of Concord. "It's a little like being a Dallas Cowboy fan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."
Harvison, who said he has been friends with Blue Jays relief pitcher David Wells since their boyhood days in San Diego, was confident that Toronto would prevail in the best-of-7 series. Oakland leads 2-0 as the series shifts to Toronto for Game 3 Friday night.
"I like them because they have a lot of class," Harvison said.
The Blue Jays fans huddled together in one section of the Oakland Coliseum, right above the Toronto dugout. A's fans pranced around the delegation, waving brooms and taunting them with talk of a sweep.
But the Toronto fans had little chance to issue their own rallying cry - the wave of the white diaper. The diaper-waving tradition erupted spontaneously, one player's wife explained, when a new Toronto mother had some white cloth diapers handy recently.
Instead, the fans sat grim-faced as they watched the Blue Jays fall behind.
Among the loyal fans was Jesus Rodriguez of Sacramento, who said he will head to Canada for the next game.
Rodriguez said he is from the Dominican Republic and feels loyalty to the Blue Jays, who feature six players from his homeland.
"Being a Toronto fan isn't common, but people respect you," he said.
Even so, the tiny island of red, white and blue was ringed by security guards as the cheers and jeers of A's fans took on a sharper edge after Oakland pitcher Mike Moore was relieved by Rick Honeycutt, who loaded the bases and allowed two Toronto runs in the eighth inning.