The Blue Jays Have One Person To Thank For Their Hot Streak: Drake
This past weekend, the Toronto Blue Jays swept the New York Yankees for the first time in 12 years.
And not only did the Jays win all three games in the Bronx, but they held the American League's second-best offense to just one run for the entire series.
Following the sweep, Toronto find themselves just a game and a half back of New York for first place in the AL East, with the pair set to lock horns again this coming weekend in Toronto.
Now, from the casual baseball fan to the most ardent Blue Jays supporter, the general consensus is probably that Toronto's recent hot streak has something to do with the acquisitions of pitcher David Price and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.
On July 28, Toronto acquired Tulowitzki from Colorado; two days later, they gave Detroit three pitchers in exchange for starter David Price.
Since July 30, the Blue Jays have gone 10-1 and are firmly in position to make a run at their first playoff berth since winning back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993.
But, I have another theory for why the Blue Jays have gotten so hot recently: Drake.
On July 21, Meek Mill called out Drake after learning that the Toronto native didn't write his own rap on "R.I.C.O.," a collaborative track between Drake and Meek on Meek's latest album, "Dreams Worth More Than Money."
Music industry big-timers like Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco weighed in on the entire issue of ghostwriting, and Drake finally responded on July 25 by dropping a Meek Mill diss track, "Charged Up."
Drake went in, saying,
That same day, the Blue Jays scored two runs in the eighth and another two in the ninth to complete a comeback win over the Mariners in Seattle.
Bear in mind, the team was yet to make moves for Tulowitzki and Price.
Three days later, before Meek even responded with a diss track of his own, Drake went in even harder with another song aimed at Meek, "Back to Back."
Toronto's favorite son rapped,
The song, which Drake released on the same day Tulowitzki was dealt to the Blue Jays, is, of course, in reference to Toronto's back to back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.
The track's Soundcloud artwork even features an iconic image of Blue Jays legend Joe Carter celebrating his World Series-winning homer against the Phillies in 1993.
And that detail didn't go unnoticed by the current crop of Blue Jays. Pitcher Marcus Stroman tweeted a picture of the "Back to Back" artwork and used the word "inspiring" in reference to Drake's track.
Hell, even Joe Carter himself couldn't contain his excitement over being chosen to represent Toronto and Drake.
Ironically enough, the Blue Jays lost their game against the Phillies that same night, July 28, but the team was inspired to go on a run of their own..
Since that loss to Philly, Toronto is 11-1, and although Meek Mill finally responded with "Wanna Know," that sh*t hit about as hard as the Yankees did this past weekend.
Now, Drake and the Blue Jays are waking up this morning like:
Baseball purists will undoubtedly argue that Price and Tulowitzki are the main catalysts behind Toronto's recent surge, but it takes an entire team to be inspired to find success in October.
If the Blue Jays stay hot and make the postseason, you can bet Drake will have tickets waiting for him at Rogers Centre Will Call.