This past Saturday, it finally happened and it was better than our wildest dreams! I took 311 pictures and I will try not to share all of them! There were basically three parts to WinterFest -- we got an inside look at The Skydome (see why I refuse to call it by its new name here), we got up close and personal with some of our favourite Blue Jays, and we did some "winter carnival" type things. There was a lot to pack into seven hours!
We drove in early because we were a little concerned about bad weather and we wanted to squeeze all the fun we could out of the day. We started to go to our favourite Starbucks, which is inside a hotel that overlooks the baseball field. In the lobby was JOE CARTER who helped the Jays win back to back World Series in 1992 and 1993. You can watch this video for one of his greatest moments as a Blue Jay.
This is not a great picture but Dave flagged him down, and even though he was in a bit of a hurry, he shook hands with all of us. Rachel stuck out her hand and said, "Hi! I'm Rachel," and he replied, "Hi Rachel! I'm Joe." So we all introduced ourselves and it was great. And then Dave was in shock that we had actually met Joe Carter.up and coming stars in baseball and he plays for the Jays. He kindly posed for a picture with Sam and Rachel. There were all these young men sitting watching Vladdy (as he's called) pose for pictures and so we introduced ourselves to them. We met Julian Merryweather (a Jays pitching prospect), Trent Thornton (a Jays pitching prospect), and Jacob Waguespack (another pitching prospect). I think the Jays want better pitching this year - ha! Then the players had to go eat breakfast and we lined up to go to WinterFest. (We never did get our Starbucks. Ha!) The event hadn't officially started yet and we had already had fun!
Dave recognized him walking by and Jesse was kind enough to stop for a moment and pose for a selfie with me. Which I took with my DSLR! Thus, I look ridiculous but I'm really happy I got Jesse framed well. Ha!