The Blue Jays and Indians resume their perfect postseasons with Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at 8 p.m. ET Friday in Cleveland, and everything Toronto does from here on out will be streamed live in Canada with no blackout restrictions for a fired-up fan base.Signups are underway
The Blue Jays and Indians resume their perfect postseasons with Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at 8 p.m. ET Friday in Cleveland, and everything Toronto does from here on out will be streamed live in Canada with no blackout restrictions for a fired-up fan base.
Signups are underway for the MLB.TV Postseason Package at $24.99, and new or existing MLB.TV subscribers in Canada can see every remaining Blue Jays game live. Canada's team is 4-0 this postseason after the Wild Card victory over Baltimore and the sweep of Texas, and this is how to follow Toronto the rest of the way.
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"I really think that it's proven that it's not just Toronto's team, this is really spread all across Canada," said Michael Saunders, the Blue Jays' All-Star designated hitter and outfielder from British Columbia. "They've been here since day one. ... We understand the magnitude of the games we're playing right now, but as far as preparation and as far as attitude, nothing's changed all year long."
All of the ALCS live streams for Canadian fans will be the TBS feed, featuring the broadcast crew of Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Jr. Beyond the opener at Progressive Field, Game 2 will be at Cleveland on Saturday, with a travel day on Sunday followed by Game 3 on Monday at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays will host Game 4 on Tuesday and, if necessary Game 5 on Wednesday. Games 6 and 7 would be played Oct. 21-22 in Cleveland if required.
The 112th World Series will be broadcast by FOX starting on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and the Blue Jays would have home-field advantage if they can make it back to their first Fall Classic since they repeated in 1992-93. Game 2 is scheduled for Oct. 26, and the National League club will host Games 3 and 4, and Game 5 if necessary. Games 6 and 7, if needed, would be back in Toronto if that scenario plays out.
For Joaquin Benoit, the veteran reliever who was a key Blue Jays contributor down the stretch before suffering a torn calf muscle late in the regular season, watching live games on MLB.TV is a fact of life. He is the last remaining Major Leaguer who was in uniform for that landmark first live MLB stream on Aug. 26, 2002 -- the birth of the No. 1 sports technology.
"Everybody uses MLB.TV right now," Benoit said. "It's the thing to do right now. I believe that nowadays, everybody is connected. Half of my family is in the Dominican, half is in the U.S., and I believe that everybody has a little bit of technology to use for trying to watch the games. The information that you have in your hand right now, you feel so privileged because right now nothing is far. Everything is within touch in your hands."
MLB.TV subscribers in Canada can see in-game highlights and stats, use live game DVR controls, explore full-game archives, a pitch-by-pitch widget and the Web-based HD media player.
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