Yesterday in game three of the ALDS between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, Fox broadcaster Harold Reynolds had this to say about Canadians growing up playing the game.
Overnight, Reynolds became the most hated sports broadcaster in Canada. Of course, his comments set Twitter on fire with many igloo and maple syrup inspired tweets.
I don’t care what he says, Harold Reynolds is welcome in my igloo any time. The Mounties will come over and we’ll watch beavers play hockey.
— cathalkelly (@cathalkelly) October 12, 2015
Canadian Hall of Fame candidate Larry Walker weighed in on the nonsense.
I won 7 gold gloves. I think part of winning them was cause I could catch. ? — Larry Walker (@Cdnmooselips33) October 12, 2015
Other broadcasters were taking shots at Reynolds’ professional baseball career.
Fact: Harold Reynolds led the AL in errors by second basemen for three straight seasons (1987-89) and tied for most in AL in 1990.
— Steve Argintaru (@SteveTSN) October 12, 2015
Sports retail stores were even getting in on the fun.
Harold Reynolds “Learn to catch Canada” glove sale. 25% off gloves Valid until Oct 31. In store/stock. Reg price gloves only ! #comeTogether
— Home Run Sports (@homerunsports) October 12, 2015
People love their baseball here. If it’s not the Blue Jays or the Montreal Expos, baseball fans are involved in semi-professional or at the University/College level. Amateur baseball has developed with elite travel teams like the Ontario Blue Jays who go to the United States regularly for showcases. Ontario alone is home to the professional Inter County League, and University ball has the Ontario University Athletics and the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association that host teams from schools across the province. The University of British Columbia has their baseball team enrolled in the NAIA and plays against American schools each season.
I am only speaking of a couple of provinces, but baseball in Canada has never been so prominent. This is part of the reason why Reynolds received so much flack for his comments. But don’t worry everyone, the man is sorry.
Just spoke with Harold Reynolds, plans to address Canada quip during broadcast today. “I’m sorry I upset everybody in Canada.” — Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) October 12, 2015
Time to re-adjust the focus to Game 4 of the American League Division Series, where the Toronto Blue Jays try to hold off the Texas Rangers today.