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After winning back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays endured a postseason drought of 21 seasons. Little wonder then, that when the Jays clinched a playoff berth in September 2015, their fans were in fine singing mood.
While the team ultimately could not repeat its previous World Series triumphs, its run to the ALCS will live on long in the memories of fans…as will these awesome parodies!
#5. Our Blue Jays – HTZ-FM
This parody of Renegades by X Ambassadors was recorded in September 2015 for The Biggs and Barr Show on Southern Ontario rock radio station HTZ-FM. The lyrics say that the Jays “represent this whole our country”, which is true as they are Canada’s only MLB team.
“Hey, Hey, Hey! You can’t stop our Blue Jays!” goes the chorus. The 2015 season was certainly a source of great pride for Jays fans, who will hope their next playoff appearance comes sooner than in 22 years’ time!
#4. Third Base Line – Rachel Tattersall
Hitting a home run and flipping the bat take on a new meaning in this saucy parody of Adele’s Hello by Blue Jays fan Rachel Tattersall. The writer and comedienne describes her passionate admiration for “spider monkey” Kevin Pilllar and Marcus Stroman’s intimate body parts, while also craving the attention of 2015 AL MVP Josh Donaldson.
The lyrics range from baseball-related innuendo to the outright explicit, all delivered humorously from “the third base line”. It’s certainly more light-hearted than the subject of the original ballad and we love it!
#3. Blue Jays Got Me Thinking ’92 – TSN
So great was the Blue Jays’ season, even the national media joined in on the parody fun. TSN, Canada’s leading sports network, created this The Weeknd spin-off with the help of Toronto musician and sports fan Lester McLean on vocals.
The song pays tribute to the role of Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos (“AA”), whose work in acquiring star players, like Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulwitzski and David Price, helped the team reach the playoffs. Anthapolous turned down a contract extension offer after the season’s conclusion, before being hired as Vice-President of Baseball Operations by the L.A. Dodgers in January 2016. Nevertheless, he secured great recognition for helping lead the Jays to the division title, including being named MLB Executive of the Year by Sporting News.
#2. Party Like It’s 1993 – FM96
After ending such a long drought, it was only natural that the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays would draw comparisons with their successful predecessors from the 1990s. The team’s run to the playoffs had the whole of Ontario in party mood, inspiring London radio station FM96 to create this parody of Prince’s 1999.
The clip takes fans down memory lane back to the days of the Skydome, Joe Carter’s World Series winning home run and Roberto Alomar’s “catch the taste” commercial for Mccain punch. OK, so the 2015 Jays couldn’t match 1993, losing out to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series, but the season was still a cause for much celebration.
#1. First Place – Adam Jesin
Completing our round-up of the best Blue Jays parodies in style, is Adam Jesin’s First Place. The Jays got accustomed to first place in the American League East in 2015, posting a 93-69 regular season record to top the division standings ahead of the New York Yankees. This was the first time the team had won the division since their World Series title-winning season of 1993. In honor of that accomplishment, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Adam Jesin wrote this excellent spin-off of Taylor Swift’s hit Blank Space.
Jays fans will certainly enjoy watching this parody video, both for the creative lyrics and highlight reel clips of their heroes in action. Adam has to be crowned the king of the best Blue Jays parody songs, his other works including “Throw Me A Pitch” and “All About Those Jays”. Great job, buddy!
Youtube is a great place to get lost in fan-frenzy parodies, but let’s get real for a moment. Can the Toronto Blue Jays climb to the top of the MLB?