There are traditions and then there are traditions. While attending the Blue Jays home opener is one of the many extra-curricular traditions of High Road’s Toronto office, there are inevitably the traditions that come with the game itself. For example:
The Pregame. Some years you go to a pub and other years you just decided to start your own establishment in the office. That’s what happens when you have 50-plus people going to the game. Besides, the High Road food spread beats anything you’d get in a Skybox or whatever they’re called these days. And no line-up for the beer or the bathroom means more time for the former.
The Lost Tickets. Inevitably someone misplaces their tickets in the hours leading up to the game. This year it happened at 4: 28 p.m. and although those tickets are still missing, the people who lost them were at the game less than two hours later. How did we do it? It helps to know a guy who knows a guy who can call in a favour.
The Game. It always goes by in a blur. This year’s 13-3 thrashing of the Twins made it easy to make time for some serious team building. For example, it was great to see so many people offer to go to the vodka bar on the 200 level to support the colleague who has a wheat allergy and can’t drink beer. Such sacrifice.
The Post-Game. As much as we love hanging out in our office, it was time to take over a real pub after finishing off the Twins. The best part of the post-game is everyone who turns up – clients who are out on the town, some favourite journalists, and more High Roaders. This is where all the stories of the evening get shared and compared between friends and the planning for next year’s Jays game begins.
Three words about home opener 2012: Office rooftop patio.