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Blue Jays fever sweeps Toronto as playoffs get underway

Baseball fans in Toronto finally have something to celebrate. The Blue Jays are in the playoffs after a drought of more than 20 years, after having clinched first place in the American League East and fans are ecstatic.

Enthusiasm from Blue Jays fans is certainly louder and more exuberant these days. Some are positively giddy with excitement and many have dreams of a World Series dancing in their heads.

It's the team's first playoff appearance since winning the World Series in 1993 and as the excitement began building near the end of August, home games began selling out.

"I'm really excited. I wasn't there for the World Series, so I haven't experienced anything like this," said one fan.

"I'm extremely excited. I've been a season ticket holder since 1977 so I'm very, very proud," said another.

"I'm very excited. I think I was about ten when the World Series happened last time, so I'm hoping that will happen again," added a third.

Now the clamor is on for playoff tickets for Canada's only major league baseball team. Game 1 of the playoffs is set to begin in Toronto on Thursday afternoon, a small disappointment for those fans who have to work or perhaps get last-minute vacations or call in sick.

Tickets for the playoffs have become a hot commodity. Seats that used to sell for $100 to $750 dollars are now going for thousands and even at those prices are becoming increasingly harder to get. It's also big business for hotels, bars and restaurants

Fans are heading to Toronto from different parts of the country, as well as Buffalo and Western New York, where the Bisons are the Jays' AAA affiliate.

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