St. Marys Journal Argus
Given the unbridled praised heaped upon the inaugural Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Family Street Festival, which took place for the first time in 2014 in downtown St. Marys in conjunction with the annual Induction Weekend of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, it will certainly will be difficult for organizers to top the excitement in the event’s sophomore year.
But, like any great professional athlete, they stepped to the plate determined to make it happen. And, with an announcement last week about the former Blue Jays stars who have been confirmed as autograph-signing guests on Saturday, June 13, we’ve got a grand slam in the making.
Last year, with questions remaining about how the new venue and new approach to Induction Weekend’s Saturday festivities would be received, the sun shone brightly as crowds converged on Queen Street and stood in a long line for a chance to meet slugger George Bell, speedster Devon White, and star relief pitcher Duane Ward. The trio’s openness and willingness to participate formed a huge part of the Baseball Family Street Festival’s first-time success.
This year, on June 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, both Bell and White will return. And they’ll be joined by three other well-known former Blue Jays: owner of one of the best outfield throwing arms in Major League history, Jesse Barfield; offensive star Homer Bush; and 1992 World Series winner with the Jays, Candy Maldonado.
Queen Street will be closed off for the Festival, which will also feature lots of other activities for the whole family in cooperation with the Blue Jays, along with food vendors, craft vendors, and the opportunity to meet other baseball-related personalities.