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Blue Jays Extra—An Interview with Alex Rios

09-05bluejaysriosIf there is a player to watch this season, it’s handsome and charismatic Alex Rios. Critics and fans alike are beginning to view the strong-armed right fielder as a cornerstone of Toronto’s bat-and-ball franchise. Recently, Rios took time out from his packed spring training schedule to tell us about the best things to do at a Jays game, and what he loves most about Toronto.

Where: How will you make this year a better personal season, after your exceptional spell in 2008?

Rios: I work and play hard and try not to pay attention to my numbers. It’s all about the team and we have a good one this year.

Where: To get the most out of attending a Blue Jays game, what is your advice to spectators?

Rios: Sit in right field and watch me play! Well, visitors should watch the team but I can guarantee that, either way, you’re going to have a lot of fun.

Where: How would you spend an ideal day off in the city?

Rios: I would go to a nice restaurant and have a good meal with my family, then head home to relax before next day’s game. My favourite areas in the city are Yorkville and the Entertainment District.

TIP! Young baseball lovers can get a feel for the big leagues on Junior Jays Saturdays at the Rogers Centre. Enjoy buskers, face painters and more two hours before game time; after the last inning, kids can run the bases just like the pros.

The Blue Jays Way

Get the best out of a Toronto Blue Jays game with these helpful tips.

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SHOP Show your support on and off the field with souvenirs and official gamewear, including a DNA Raglan T-shirt by Majestic ($39.99). Blue Jays Shop, Rogers Centre (1 Blue Jays Way, Gate 5), 1-877-529-7467.
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EAT Bay Street hot spot The Bottom Line is the Commissioner’s Trophy of resto-bars for Toronto sports nuts. This classy steakhouse is just steps away from Rogers Centre and offers tasty, game-ready dishes like a seared tuna club. 22 Front St. W., 416-362-7585.
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TOUR Get a sneak peak of the stadium—the first in the world with a retractable roof—with the Rogers Centre Tour Experience. Go behind the scenes of this colossal sports facility on a guided tour, with stops at the Blue Jays Hall of Fame, a museum and more.