By George Halim
The Toronto Blue Jays front office held their annual State of the Franchise event on the field at The Rogers Centre yesterday, with about 900 fans showing up for food and drink followed by a Q & A period.
President and CEO of the Blue Jays Paul Beeston began the night by thanking the fan base, saying their patience and support through the ups and downs of the past season has made things go a lot smoother for the front office. Nevertheless, Beeston said he isn’t trying to field a competitive team, and that management is aiming a little higher.
“We plan on doing what we want to do, and that’s win the World Series,” Beeston told fans. “You know you’ve got our commitment to win. Our commitment is to bring a championship to Toronto.”
The team’s Senior Vice President of Player Operations and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos addressed the 2013 campaign, in which the Blue Jays underachieved, ending the season at the bottom of the division after being favoured to make it to the playoffs.
Following the team’s update on the state of the club, Humber News compiled a list of defining moments in the ups and many downs of the dismal 2013 Toronto Blue Jays season.