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The views from Toronto and Rochester on Bisons opener

By Mike Harrington

Like I showed you earlier today through the lens of Harry Scull, the press box at Coca-Cola Field was jammed yesterday for the Bisons' season opener and first game as a Toronto affiliate. Basically almost the same numbers in there as last summer's Triple-A All-Star Game. 

Here's a look at some of the visitors' handiwork:

In the Toronto Globe & Mail. Robert MacLeod points out some of the marketing advantages of the new arrangement. The paper also offers five reasons to come to Buffalo to see the Bisons (Pearl Street Grill is No. 5!) and offers a great photo gallery from the opener.

In the Toronto Star, Cathal Kelly penned a fun column on the opener that spanned the Globe of Alex Anthopoulos taking his wife to the Walden Galleria and the fact the Bisons will have "O, Canada" at every game.

Wrote Kelly: "The Sabres do the same thing, honouring Canada in games that feature no Canadian content. Sure, it’s a marketing gimmick aimed at visiting fans, but that’s not all it is. If it doesn’t sound like too big a deal to you, try to imagine any Canadian venue performing The Star Spangled Banner just because or out of respect. Wouldn’t happen. Would be shouted down if it was tried. “Jingoism.” they’d call it. Whatever their faults, Americans aren’t weighted down by our inferiority complex. They don’t think pumping someone else’s tires deflates their own. That’s the very best thing about them."

In the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Jim Mandelaro talks about how the Red Wings didn't quit even though they gave up their most runs in an opener since 1986. You can review tweets from Mandelaro during the game by going here.

The Red Wings have a touching tribute planned for firefighters injured in the deadly Christmas Eve shooting in Webster at their home opener Saturday against the Bisons.

Mandelaro is the dean of International League beat writers, entering his 23rd season (I am second, as this is my 21st). In advance of the opener, he wrote a terrific blog post reviewing his time in Rochester. Great stuff about lots of old Orioles and our old friend, Jeff Manto.


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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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