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Toronto Blue Jays wrap up winter tour in Edmonton

Staff writers
January 14, 2013 — The Toronto Blue Jays stopped by Edmonton this past weekend as part of their Winter Tour. The Weather Network's Farah Dhalla caught up with some of the players and talked sports, as well as the weather.

Several players were on hand for the signing at the West Edmonton Mall.
Several players were on hand for the signing at the West Edmonton Mall.

Hundreds of Edmontonians lined up to get a signed autograph from their favourite Toronto Blue Jay player this past weekend at the West Edmonton Mall.

The team was on their third annual Winter Tour that kicked off in Toronto on Jan. 5 before heading west to Winnipeg, Saskatoon and, finally, Edmonton.

Fans at the event were happy the Jays took the time to visit their city, but manager John Gibbons says the city's frigid winter weather was a real eye-opener.

"I got off the airplane, and it takes your break away. I'm glad I'm indoors. They bought me a nice pair of boots, if anyone wants to take a shot of those," Gibbons joked.

Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus said the bitter cold -- Edmonton's daytime high was only -9.3C on Sunday -- reminded him of a past game he wished he'd dressed warmer for.

"I didn't have on the proper clothing so I was freezing cold. My hands were hurting," he recalled.

Despite the cold temperatures, the players at the signing were pleased at the turnout.

"Going on this tour, you see that everyone in this country is all about the Blue Jays, and love everything about the Blue Jays and wish nothing but the best for the team because it reflects back on the whole country, with us being the only team," outfielder Anthony Gose said.

Edmonton was the last destination on the Jays' winter tour. The team's next stop is spring training.

With files from Farah Dhalla

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