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How I lost interest in baseball the year the Jays started winning

This is as close to religious symbolism as we get around here.I’ve been a Blue Jays fan for about as long as I’ve been alive. I was born the day before their first game ever, and became old enough to follow sports in a meaningful way by the time the team got good in the mid-80s, and the World Series wins in 1992 and 1993 were unquestionably the highlights of my life to that point. For the last 15 years, I’ve often felt like the only baseball fan in a city where it’s always hockey season.

So it’s puzzled a few people – my wife in particular – that I’ve been largely indifferent to the team this year. Blue Jays Fever ¬†is sweeping across Toronto, and I feel the same as I do whenever Raptors Flu or Leafs Plague is in town:¬†Unimpressed.

(Lest you accuse me of simply being contrarian, I don’t think I’ve watched a game since before the Tulowitzki or Price trades, which is when the team started heating up.)

How did it come to this? I’ve been thinking about this lately, there have been a few factors that brought me to this point.

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