Four members of the Toronto Blue Jays took to sheets of ice, learning how to throw rocks and hit the button on Friday afternoon at the Saskatoon Granite Curling Club.
“I think hopefully we’re athletic enough to be able to go out there and not make complete fools of ourselves,” said catcher J.P. Arencibia, earlier in the day. “But it is ice and we do not play on ice very often, so hopefully we’ll have enough instruction to try and play safe.”
The four, accompanied by officials from the Toronto Blue Jays organization got curling tips from Team Saskatchewan members and some of the club’s youngest curlers.
Outfielder Colby Rasmus said he was excited to learn how to curl, but was quick to point out that people don’t curl in his home state of Alabama and he’s never done it before.
“I have to make sure to stretch a little bit before,” said Rasmus.
The Blue Jays stopped in Saskatoon as part of their annual winter tour. The tour included a luncheon and will wrap up with an autograph signing at tonight’s Blades game.
“It’s far for people to get to our games and be able to reach out to us,” said Arenibia. “So instead of them coming out…we come to them.”
Outfielder Anthony Gose and pitcher Drew Hutchison were also taking part in the event today.