BARRIO (CP24) – The mood remained upbeat in the Toronto Blue Jays’ clubhouse on Saturday despite a missed opportunity to clinch a playoff spot.
It helped that Toronto was still in charge of its playoff destiny. But a 7-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays has certainly increased the pressure with one day left in the regular season.
The worries subsided when the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners 6-1 later Saturday to ensure the Jays would be in the playoffs.
“It’s hectic, it’s stressful and all that kind of stuff, but this is why you play,” said Blue Jays manager John Schneider. “This is why you play 162 (games). We’re actually doing it. We’re playing 162 for a reason. It’s exciting, it’s up and down, back and forth, all that kind of stuff.
“But at the end of the day we control our own fate, so that part of it feels really good.”