Gregg Zaun: Blue Jays fans are getting drunker and drunker

Blue-Jays-fan-beersThe Toronto Blue Jays have assembled a contender for the 2013 season. The team is off to a disappointing 8-12 start, but there is a lot of baseball left to be played. Last season, the Blue Jays finished the year ranked 23rd in the MLB in attendance. This year, they rank 10th and are drawing an average of just under 30,000 fans at home games.

According to former Jays catcher Gregg Zaun, the early-season losses have resulted in those 30,000 becoming some of the most unruly in baseball.

“It’s very, very prevalent at the Rogers Centre, especially in the later innings when the Jays are losing that people lose their minds,” Zaun told The Toronto Star when asked about the reputation the fans are earning. They’re getting drunker, and drunker and drunker and it’s because fans are getting younger and younger.”

Zaun said he feels that profanity should not be tolerated at all, but he also expressed concern over fans tossing stuff onto the field.

“As a player who played for 16 years, anytime I saw a fan throw something onto the field, I got them ejected,” he said. “I pointed them out to security.”

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Gregg Zaun Goes Rube Baker

Brewers catcher Gregg Zaun had a rough start to the Brewers game at Miller Park on Monday night. Zaun burped the ball back to the pitcher on three occasions in the first, Rube Baker-style. Pitcher Yovani Gallardo didn’t know how to react to Zaun’s errant throws because it had never happened before. Before we all go laughing at Zaun, he apparently has a good reason for the misfires. Zaun was injured in a collision at the plate a week before and had a knot in his shoulder that was limiting his arm movement. Once he got treatment on the shoulder after the half inning he was good to go.

Zaun went on to go 4-for-4 with five RBIs in the game, giving him eight on the season. The stellar performance at the plate raised his average to .218 just to let you know what kind of year he’s having. The Brewers beat the Pirates 17-3 and have now outscored Pittsburgh 53-4 through four games this season. To make matters even more surprising, Milwaukee’s blowout wins over the Pirates were sandwiched by losing three straight to the Cubs where they were outscored 25-4. If only the Brewers could face the Pirates the entire season.

UPDATE: Now with video via Sharapova’s Thigh

Zaun’s bat shakes off throwing pains [MLB.com]